Thanks for the kind words, everyone! You just made my day (and it's been a loooonnnnggg day, too).
For the record, the images are simply decoupaged onto the clay, nothing fancy. I had some trouble finding a varnish that worked, though, and I'm still not quite happy...I ended up using wet 'n' wild nail polish. Shiny, at least!
you could try acrylic sealer spray. they sell it at most craft stores and it comes in a can that looks like spray paint.
anyway, it's not too expensive and it gives it a nice smooth shiny finish. i make a lot of decoupage tile pendants this way, by decoupaging it first, letting it dry and spraying two coats of acrylic sealer on (letting it dry in between, of course!), and it turns out fantastic!
very hard to screw up unless you spray too much on and it drips. but it's inexpensive and works great!
Those are great! I need a new wallet! I'll have to give this a try. Do you use any interfacing?
thank you! and yes, i do use interfacing. i'm not sure exactly what kind it is or its exact thickness, but i can check when i get home. it's one of the thicker ones to choose from though, because i like using really thin fabrics (and usually they have more attractive designs...). even though i hhhhhhaaaaaaaatttteeeee it, i got it at walmart.
i made a ton of paper beads from scrapbooking paper strips. here's just one of them. i used a vintage metal button to fasten it, and strung it together with ribbon.
here's a vintage button bracelet i made for a going away present for a friend's wife. she liked it a lot! it's made with elastic cord and all the buttons are the kind with the little hook-loop on the back and no holes through to the front of the button, so you can't really see how they're attached from the picture.
here's a better picture of one of the scrapbook bracelets, a few more in the background that i don't like as much, and the ones in the back are made with plastic bottle beads i made. the green beads are from mountain dew bottles, i didn't have to color them.
edit: i just realized that everyone on this board is talking about that fabric already! i should have read it first. anyway, either of you who have it know where you got it from? i made a wallet out of mine, actually i made two of them, but here's a link to one of them because i didn't post the second because it is identical: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252499.msg2810996#msg2810996
this may be a strange request, but the first one that you made (the zinnia fabric with the lining inside out) is made using this fabric that i had some of at one point and i love it!
i was just wondering, since i've forgotten where i got the fabric and i've been searching for more ever since i used it up.....
that helped a lot actually. i think i understand what i did wrong, and i think also that it makes more sense to seal everything up first and then once it's all done, just rip the seam a bit to add the zipper. i never thought of that! i always try to put it in hte middle step, which makes it line up incorrectly every time.
again thank you! i appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me!