Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect

Butterfly reminds me of a movie I have seen years ago 😃 and I can’t get it out of my mind now😁. Do you know which one I am talking about? 

Anyway, project I am showing you today is something I wanted to try, oh, I guess for years. Yep, I tend to procrastinate and mixture with not believing in myself is sometimes stronger.
What usually happens is that I will wait with project I wanted to try only because I am scared of not being able to do it or I procrastinate...
I have been working on my procrastination for quite some time now and I have learnt to overcome it but sometimes it is super hard...
What are you doing when you procrastinate? Do you know about it or you haven’t realized you are doing it? 

Let’s go back to our project. I am sure you will love it. It is suitable also for older kids. The whole creative process is beautiful and relaxing 😌 you will also learn to be patience😁

I have manage to make two Butterfly  decorations and every time I look at them, I can’t stop admiring how amazing this thing is... Beautiful, non invasive, minimalistic decoration for your home and it is handmade👍🏻

Let’s begin.

What we need:

  • Concrete
  • Top from a concrete box ( I have used also top from a sauer Cabbage it was smaller)
  • Nice paper - water colored paper would be amazing
  • Paper cutter - Butterfly
  • Metal wire- gold
  • Wire cutter
  • Glue Gun 
  • Kork (will be used as a base for concrete part)
  • Glass bell (mine is from a candle I got as a present lone time ago but it is possible to buy it in craft shops)

We will start with a wire. Cut different sizes (measure with your Glass bell)  and many pieces. On both Ends we will make a small loop. One is for pair of Butterfiels and the other one will go to the concrete.

Once we have wire pieces ready we can start working with Butterflies (which we have already prepared with a paper cutter).
We need pair of Butterflies for each wire using Glue gun to stick everything together. Patience is needed here ☺️
Butterflies on the photo are super small, working with them was a bit of Challenge but not imposible. 

Once this is done, we can start preparing concrete. To make a concrete mixture we need a PET Dose- something old (I have a plastic Dose from my old blender set), concrete, wood stick or spoon to mix it with water.
How to mix a concrete with water- always add concrete to water. Amount depends on sizes of Tops we are using as mold for our base. Make your mixture viscous paste like (it will be better and faster to dry).
Pour it into the molds you have prepared (will be fine to use a bit of oil and spread it nicely around the mold, concrete will not stick to it).

Fun part begins now 😃
I have lost all patience here 🙈 so, Butterflies on the wire didn’t want to stay inside my concrete... OMG, I was loosing it... but then I took a deeeeeep breath and started again.
Let concrete dry a bit, ca. 20 minutes. After 20 minutes start adding Butterflies on the wire into concrete. Make them kind of lie over the Edges, they should not touch the concrete. If the concrete is still too wet let it dry for 10-15 minutes longer. You have to be able to add wire to the concrete and Butterflies should not drown.
Once this is done, let it properly dry day or two. Afterward you can position Butterflies in a way you want  😃

After 24-48 hours we can remove our mold. Since the top is plastic it is flexible but be careful removing it.
Since we don’t want to scratch surfaces with a concrete (all small stones were on the bottom) we will add a Kork on the bottom, use Glue gun or a some general glue like Alles Kleber.

Position Butterflies, add a Glass Bell.
Now your beautiful decoration is done 😃

With love
Gabriela- ar design ATELIER


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