Sunday, June 7, 2015

My Other Creations: Fancy Flower Pen

This week I was flipping through Sally Jean Alexander's Pretty Little Things book and saw a really cool soldered flower-topped pen made out a glass tube.  I thought it would be perfect for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog theme, which is PLANTS!  But wait!  I didn't have any glass tubing lying around, and I can't solder worth a darn yet (despite my attempts over the past seven years).  So I ended up making a faux glass tube pen instead:


I first went to my local glass supply shop to buy some glass tubing only to find that they didn't carry it anymore due to the huge druggie clientele who wanted it for...non-crafty purposes.  Yet another example of drugs messing up dreams!  I had to switch gears, so I looked around for what I already had.  I found a plastic tube that had beads in it which I thought would work great (hoarder moment of success)!  I inked and stamped a piece of patterned paper and cut it to be able to fit into the tube.


I found this great sentiment in an old vintage book with a broken spine, so I cut it out and glued it to my paper and rolled it into the tube.  I also found a Bic pen that fit in the tube and I had my husband drill a hole through the plastic lid of the tube so the point of my pen could stick through it.


I stuck the point of the pen through the hole in the lid, then put the pen inside the tube, inside the patterned paper.  To secure the lid in place, and to replicate the look of solder, I cut a strip of shiny aluminum foil tape and wrapped it around the lid.  You can find this tape at your local hardware store.  Apparently it's used to tape metal vents,etc., together.  I used some flat pliers to press it down firmly around the pen's point.


Next I made my flower using the Avery Elle Flower die.  This die cuts several petals that you assemble with one brad down the center.  You have to bend and glue each petal into a conical shape and I thought these clip tools from Stampendous did a great job of holding the glued parts together (like having an extra three sets of hands)!


I assembled my flower and dipped it in some glass glitter.  Then I threw on some tulle and some vintage silvery leaves I found at a yard sale.  I wrapped the whole bundle with wire and poked a hole in the other end of my plastic tube (opposite of the pen end).  I threaded the wire down into the pen tube and glued the flower to the top to reinforce its stability.  I also added a ribbon, which I made from dragging Tim Holtz's crinkle ribbon through puddles of spritzed Distress Ink.  I wadded up the ribbon and dried it.  I tied it around the pen and wah-la!  My faux glass pen was complete!


Here are the supplies I used which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


The theme of plants is so vast and endless that I'm sure you'll find all sorts of ways to incorporate it into a project or two.  I'm always amazed at the clever things you come up with week after week.  Upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you just may win the $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!  
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/

18 comments:

  1. Wonderful creation, Andrea, I would love to try that, thanks for inspiration.

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  2. This is a cool pen. I love how you used something from your stash.Thanks for inspiring me to create.

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  3. Love your beautiful pen, Andrea. Such a great design! :)

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  4. Inspired! And all the more fun for the improvising you had to do to get your idea to become reality. I love the tubular quote!!
    Alison xx

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  5. Dang! I never would have thought about using glass tubes for drugs, I would have the same mind as you. Pens not drugs. Love how this turned out.

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  6. That is one fancy pen! I love the touches of bling on the flower!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  7. Only A.O.P. would come up with a faux glass pen for a plant theme. Reminds me a bit of those decorated pens at stores, made so you won't take them with you. But I would steal this one for sure! I feel your pain re soldering as I've struggled with it too. Having the right equipment might be important (and help with the learning curve), but I'd rather spend my money on paint and stamps. You make a lot of assemblages and I think mastering soldering would really expand your repertoire. I hope you don't give up on it!

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  8. They say need is the mother of invention and what you problem solved and did is totally delightful! Soldering smoldering for me too! Ghastly efforts every time!
    Your art is beautiful!

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  9. Love it, its like a magic wand for writing! And love your good reads book list below. I didn't know you could add that to your blog. So fun!

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  10. Andrea always you find amazingly original ideas and you realize them perfectly! I love the touch of glitter on the flower! BArbarayaya

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  11. this is really beautiful, what a gorgeous make x

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  12. First, I'd like to give a huge shout-out to the hubby and his tools for being a great supporting artist. Some of my favorite projects of yours have come to fruition because of his assistance.
    Thanks Mister!
    The design of this has intrigued me from first glance. And yes, those drug addicted souls have thwarted yet another project. I also hate that I have to beg for the good cold medicine from the pharmacist. Because hey...if I was a drug addict, I'd be a lot thinner. Just sayin'.
    Anyway...I would LOVE to walk the aisles of Home Depot with you someday. In my wildest dreams I could have never thought of something this fabulously designed. It has a simple concept, but the details throw this into the AWESOME category. Thanks for sharing your brilliance Andrea, I learn something new from you each week.

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  13. You are such an inspiration Andrea and this is just wonderful and so, SO unique! I always enjoy visiting your blog to see how you've interpreted each of the challenges and this is just such a wonderful piece of art and such a fabulous creation! I LOVE it... :)

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  14. Andrea...this is MAGIC with that special Andrea touch that only YOU can bring to a piece of art! First of all, your ideas for the Construction of this pen were brilliant. The plastic tubing to simulate a glass tube...amazing! Love your paper interior and the sentiment is perfect! I adore the assembled flower and teal shabby ribbon and bow. Absolutely beautiful little piece!!!

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  15. This is fantastic Andrea!! What a wonderful wonderful idea and I love how you made it happen with the plastic tube and drilling etc. I LOVE the sentence you cut out of the book and the gorgeous flower on top.

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  16. Fantastic! There are so many brilliant ideas in this one project! Inspiring and functional!

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  17. Wow, Andrea! This is fantastic! Love that you've created you're own faux glass pen. It looks amazing and the gorgeous flower on top is tha bomb! Hugs, Sandra

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  18. This is gorgeous! I LOVE it! I love the sentiment, the inside paper, the colouring, the glass glittered flower and the ribbon! It is just so beautiful!

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