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Bright Future Picture Frame

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Bright Future Picture Frame Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

This fun picture frame was made for the graduate heading out into the world, but it would make an equally fun baby or wedding shower gift, teacher's gift or birthday present. It is a fairly simple project with a whole lot of "wow factor"!

Step one: For the straight edges of the frame we used 1/4-inch Tacky Tape. Choose the appropriate width of tape to suit your project. Place the tape on the frame and peel off the backing. Sprinkle the round 15/0 silver-lined teal Toho beads onto the surface and press firmly to secure them. Repeat the sprinkle and press process until you are happy with the coverage.

Step two: For the vines and stems on our frame we used Gem-Tac adhesive. Apply the adhesive with a small paint brush or cotton swab. Apply the adhesive to a small section, sprinkle with a mix of round 15/0 silver-lined medium gold Toho beads and the 15/0 silver-lined teal Toho beads. Press gently to secure. Work your way around the frame to complete. Repeat the process to fill in any areas that are sparse. Allow to dry.

Step three: Cut the petals of one of the yellow and one of the soft teal felt flowers into circles. Use these circles as the centers for the flowers.

Step four: Mix and match the orange round 4mm cat's eye beads, the round 11/0 silver-lined medium orange Toho beads and the round 6/0 silver-lined teal 8g bag Toho bead for the centers of the flowers. With the needle and orange Silamide thread stitch the felt centers and beads to the felt flowers.

Step five: For best adhesion, apply some Gem-Tac adhesive to the backs of the flowers and allow to dry. Do not place them on the frame yet, the felt will absorb a lot of the adhesive. Add another coat of adhesive to the flowers and then place them on the frame.
Estimated time: Two hours, not including drying time.
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools Used:
#11 short beading needles 12-pack (NEED-10)
Large loop scissors (TOOL-123)
Terrifically Tacky Tape 1/4 inch (TAPE04)
Gem-Tac permanent adhesive (GEMTAC)
Silamide 40-yard card orange (SIL-OR)
List of Components:
Round 4mm cat's eye bead - orange (CATR-RED4, qty 1)
Multi mix 6 piece felt flowers (FELT-079, qty 3)
Toho bead round 11/0 silver-lined medium orange (TBRD11-30B, qty 1)
Toho bead round 15/0 silver-lined medium gold (TBRD15-22B, qty 1)
Toho bead round 15/0 silver-lined teal (TBRD15-27BD, qty 2)
Toho bead round 6/0 silver-lined teal 8g bag (TBRD6-27BD, qty 1)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Silver-Lined Medium Orange
Code: TBRD11-30B
Size 11/0, 8g bag 
$1.42 $0.97$1.33 $0.91$1.25 $0.86
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 Silver-Lined Medium Gold
Code: TBRD15-22B
Size 15/0, 8 gram bag 
$1.88 $1.52$1.77 $1.43$1.66 $1.34
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 Silver-Lined Teal
Code: TBRD15-27BD
Size 15/0, 8g bag 
$1.84 $1.03$1.73 $0.96$1.63 $0.91
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Silver-Lined Teal 8g Bag
Code: TBRD6-27BD
Size 6/0, 8g bag 
$1.28 $0.98$1.20 $0.92$1.13 $0.87

Purchase Tools & Supplies

The Beadsmith 11 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack
Code: NEED-10
Length 1 inch, Size 11 
$2.49 $2.06$2.34 $1.94$2.21 $1.83
Large Loop Scissors
Code: TOOL-123
Length 4-inches 
Sale Price: $4.67
Price: $5.50
Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive 4 fl oz.
4 fl oz 
Sale Price: $11.56
Price: $12.99
Terrifically Tacky Tape 1/4 Inch
Code: TAPE04
Width 1/4 inches, Length 5 yards 
$4.31 $3.57$4.08 $3.38$3.86 $3.20

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