This year I filled the baubles with natural tones to match the tree...
They are really simple to fill - just remove the hanging cap and drop things in!
A while ago I'd bought some cheap necklaces from a 'market' shop in my local town - the shop has now closed down, sad because it was a great place to buy jewelry with a view to taking it apart, 'upcycling' and using on other projects..
This bauble was a long strand of brown pearls - I left them connected so that they stayed as a clump in the bauble.
In this bauble I created layers of colour by adding strands of beads one at a time..
I added a strand of brown beads to this bauble and then some fine twigs (twisted willow) - I like the contrast between the natural twigs and the shine of the pearls... but then I had a 'what if...' moment and added some fine glitter... The glitter sits in the bottom, and sticks to the sides (static?) - and gives a lovely frosted effect..
Creating this last bauble has given me a new found respect for people who put ships in bottles! lol I wanted to put a banner of text around the inside of the bauble - how to get it into the bauble? how to keep it up upright? how to stop it falling to bottom??
The answer to those questions is:
1. how to get it into the bauble? Roll it around a pencil so it is a coil, hold onto one end with tweezers..
2 & 3: how to keep it upright and how to stop it falling to the bottom: I weighed down one end with a button & gems and attached the other end to the top of the bauble (under the hanging cap) - and the effect is a curl of paper showing the words 'happy christmas'.
The effect is like a filament in a lightbulb - love it. I dropped in some additional pretty buttons for interest.
ho ho ho