Last year I got a round screen from the free pile at a garage sale and had so much fun transforming it into a pearl tree. I like to find my craft supplies at garage sales or thrift stores, but when I saw my local Kitchen Connection store had a three pack of splatter screens for $6.00, I had to buy them!
This time around I wanted to use up a handful of junk jewelry and am so happy how this turned out!
This sold at Sunrose Gallery here in Seaside, Oregon last year!
Step One: Lay out the pieces and trace around them for your pattern.
Step Two: Paint the rim and add some paint to the background so there is “interest” behind the junk jewelry. NOTE: if your jewelry is silver, no need to paint the rim! However you will still need to wrap the exposed edges with silver necklace chains or other cord because the screen edge is impossible to cut close enough not to leave the inside edge very scratchy.
Step Three: Use E6000 to glue down the pieces. NOTE: I use a kitchen silicone mat so the glue doesn’t adhere to my work surface.
Step Four: After the glue is set, use scissors to remove the screen as close to all the edges. The screen edges cut skin very easy, so be careful! Also, use a Dremel to cut the handle off the screen.
Step Five: wrap the exposed edges with necklace chains. I like the whimsy of different colored chains.
Step 6: I couldn’t get the screen cut close enough (not be scratchy) to the “tree trunk” so I added necklace chain so no one will get cut by the sharp screen.
It’s fun to tuck in unexpected stuff….because there are no rules!
This piece was really fun to make and since Seaside First Saturday ArtWalk is next weekend, I’m betting it will have a place of honor on “my wall” in just a few days!
Isn’t it cool that a kitchen splatter screen and some junk jewelry can be turned into a lovely piece of art?