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« on: January 06, 2013 08:22:11 AM »

For Christmas I wanted to make my niece some silk butterfly wings for her to play dress up with.  I found a tutorial on how to make some adorable tie dyed butterfly wings, but I decided I wanted hers to look like a monarch butterfly.  So, after watching about 10 hours of youtube videos on how to paint on silk I ordered the supplies and gave it a go.  For my first try I think they turned out nice.  There are definitely things I would do different, but she likes them and that is all that matters.  I don't have a picture of her playing in them yet.  They were lots of fun to do and my boys (8 and 4) got to help paint them.  Boys rock, but sometimes it is nice to take a break from lego, star wars, and car crafts and do something girly Smiley

The tutorial I followed for making the wings:  http://thismamamakesstuff.com/2009/11/week-of-tutorials-silk-scarf-butterfly-wings/

Here they are traced, stretched and ready to be painted:



Some of the spots are done:



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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013 10:50:32 AM »

So cool! Did you use that silk resist to outline things? My sister painted some ties a few years back and she used it to define the areas, then she painted them in. Silk painting is a little like magic, and I love how you used it for the Monarch wings! Rocked!
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Ooooh, so pretty! That's one lucky little girl!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013 07:06:44 PM »

How lovely!  I would love to see an in action shot.  Love that the boys helped to make their cousins gift!
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013 07:24:02 PM »

How sweet! I bet she absolutely loves these! I'd have fun wearing them Smiley. It's neat to see the in-progress shots - thanks for sharing those.
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013 10:28:48 AM »

Thanks everyone Smiley  I did use resist to make these.  It is fun to do once you get the hang of it.  I just finished a Harry Potter scarf last night (almost finished I guess, I need to iron and wash it).  It is a little addicting. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013 05:07:02 PM »

Hmmmm... I'll have to add this to my list of crafts to try. I wonder if my sister's supplies are still good? I might just have to borrow them Wink
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