Monday, January 26, 2009

The Envelope Please

The most recent edition of the American Quilters' Society magazine had a short article on various ways to recycle Tyvek envelopes. While I've played with them a little bit in the past, I thought I'd give the technique another go round this week. So, yesterday afternoon I slathered some Lumiere paints on the inside of an old envelope and then left it out in my studio to dry.

I had a little bit of free time this afternoon, so I grabbed my heat gun, and a couple of bamboo skewers and set out to make some tyvek beads.

It really doesn't take much to amuse me!

In about a half hour, I had used up the entire envelope and produced this motley crew:

I hope that by the end of the week I will have put these beads to good use and can show you a semi finished project..........but don't hold your breath!!



Gerrie said...

I have been saving envelopes, with no real idea of what I could do. The beads are cool, but I don't have a heat gun.

linda stokes said...

Great beads Judy.
Have you tried using a soldering iron to make them? You can make interesting marks to pattern them as well as sealing the ends.

Elizabeth said...

I love making tyvek beads but ples try to do this outside s the fumes are REALLY REALLY bad for you!!