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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Beeswax Tiger

I've finally plucked up the courage to try a beeswax collage. I had planned to make a canvas with pics and bits and bobs from our wedding but decided to start on a smaller scale and made this tag

It was great fun to make and not quite as messy as I though it would be although the kitchen did take a bit of cleaning when I'd finished lol.
I started off by making tag from card and covering it with inkjet canvas which had been coloured with Distress Inks in Shabby Shutter and Pine needles. While the beeswax was melting (I used an old ramekin dish in a pan of boiling water as I don't have a meltpot ... yet!!) I stamped some bamboo and oriental script on to some tissue paper, cut out a tiger sticker, cut a pressed leaf in halft and found some beads, oriental charm and some cord. Once the wax had melted I brushed a thin layer on to the tag and applied the stamped tissue paper, some other bits of asian design papers and then heated it with my heat gun to level off the wax a bit. I spread some more wax where I wanted the leaf to go, popped the leaf in place and gently dabbed more wax on the top. I added the tiger using the same technique and then added a large blob of wax to adhere the charm and the cord. I used a stampbord tool to scrape excess wax off the charm and then melted the wax around it to blend it in. While the wax was still warm I sprinkled on some beads, a little copper glitter and some mica powders. I built up the wax around the bottom corners and stamped in to this with a bamboo stamp and black stazon. Once all the wax was dry I tidied up the edges with my craft knife and rubbed some metallic rub ons over the stamped area and round the edges to highlight the texture. Finished off with a brass eyelet using my crop-o-dile. I was a bit worried it would crack the wax around it but no problem there.
I'll definitely be using beeswax again - great to be able to stick things into and create texture, the tag feels lovely too - really silky.
I'm using this tag for the following challenges:
Dragon's Dream Tag it on which is 'Year of the Tiger'
Crafty Ann's Challenge which is Celebrate your Creativity
Rainbow Lady's Challenge which is to stamp on something unusual
Lots to Do which is to use canvas
Corrosive Challenge which is Asian Theme
Thanks for looking
Claire xx


  1. Well all your effort paid off here Claire as this is a wonderful creation. Well done on being so creative - beeswax I have not tried as yet. Thanks for sharing Love Cynthia x

  2. WOW your tag is beautiful!!
    Thanks for joining us at Corrosive Challenge.

  3. WOW! This is fabulous Claire - all the effort was certainly worthwhile and you definitely celebrated your creativity with this one.
    Ann x

  4. I am impressed! Well done for being so adventurous. I have had some beeswax hanging about for ages - I may well have a go now. The tiger look lovely.

    Janet xx

  5. Claire, all your hard work and the tidying up afterwards was certainly worth it as this tag is very very effective. It's not a technique I've seen before.

    Thank you for taking the time to enter this into the Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight. I was lucky enough to be a Guest Designer this month so I am looking at all the lovely creations and seeing how others interpreted the challenge.

    Take care and my best wishes, Kym xxx

  6. Claire, what a gorgeous tag and so much work put into making it. I wouldn't have the nerve to make something as beautiful as this,
    Christine xxx

  7. this is lovely, love the subtle colours

  8. Wow, what a lot of work, but very worthwhile. I'm very impressed, well done. Don't think I would like to try it
    Beryl x

  9. Wow - just fabulous Claire. The finished tag is very impressive - well done. Tess x

  10. Oh wow - this is amazing. It's a work of art not a tag.
    Thank you for joining in Crafty Ann's challenge
    Beryl xx

  11. Beautiful piece! Love your tiger!

  12. A stunning piece of artwork Claire

    Thanks for joining the Lotstodo Challenge this week xx Hilda

  13. A beautiful piece of artwork Claire and well worth the effort.
    Janette x

  14. another WOW from me it is gorgeous.

  15. Oh my word this is totally amazing and the techniques you have used are...well...just WOW,,,,it is really stunning thank you so very much for sharing this work of art with us at Crafty Ann's.

    Lorraine x

  16. Claire! This is just amazing -- it makes my head spin with delight!

  17. Your tag is stunning Claire, I just LOVE the vintage look you've created with this.
    Congratulations on trying your new technique (even if it was messy) it was certainly worth it.
    Thanks for joining in with CACB.

  18. WOW WOW WOW this is incredible!!! XXX

  19. I am impressed.... WOW.... i am speechless... that dont often happen.
    Thank you so much for helping 2 dragons dream this week, and i hope you'll be a frequent visitor to frankies dragonsdream challenge from now on.... i want to see more of your creations!

  20. A fabulous tag! Thanks for joining us at CACB this time!


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