When you capture a Fairy, you capture a moment in time. For you don’t actually capture the Fairy herself (or himself), what you’re actually catching is a fairy shadow. You see … a Fairy moves far too quickly to be caught in a jar, for no sooner have you got her inside the jar, than she’s popped out before you’ve even managed to even think about putting the lid on!
And back in the room again … (smiling here) …. Well I said that I’d like to make another Fairy in a Jar, and so I did. Only this time I remembered (mostly) to take photographs of each step as I did it, so that means this post is a little photo heavy, so because of that I’ll try to keep the talking to a minimum and just give you the point by point things which will explain what you’re looking at or need to know if you’re going to make a Fairy Jar yourself. Get ready… here we go….
I found a lovely new jar in Mr. Cobs shed which
I swiftly took ownership of before he noticed it was gone, he kindly donated (cough) and I decided that this would make a fabulous fairy jar. I assembled everything which I’d need and began.
- If you’ve found a jar which is narrow necked and too long for you to reach the bottom using your fingers, or tweezers … then may I suggest that you buy some extra long tweezers before you begin. You can find them in .. Pet stores (particularly ones which sell Lizards or food for Lizards). Or you can find them on Ebay, or at some Kitchen/Cake making supply stores.
I didn’t want a shiny gold lid, but wanted something which looked old and almost creaky, so wanted to ‘rust up’ the jar lid. I used a tried and trusted method, using Rust-it, made by Pinflair which always gives great results. One coat works well, but two coats really takes it to town! (And each coat dries really quickly – so you’re not hanging about all day for it to dry.)
Although it was now lovely and old-looking, I wanted to give it a little something to make it more special….
I missed taking a couple of photographs at this point as I got carried away with myself … so I’ll have to catch you up with words …
By this time you should have chosen your fairy and are ready to add her to your Fairy Jar. Simply choose the position you want her in and then using an instant fix glue (we call it Super Glue here in the UK. It bonds in seconds and can be used on paper and glass amongst other things). This will hold your Fairy in place.
Once you’re happy that she’s not going anywhere … you’re ready to adhere some tissue paper to the outside of your jar. You can simply use PVA glue for this, and just one sheet of tissue paper. (one sheet thick – if you need more tissue to go around your jar, obviously use more. But only one sheet thickness).
Spread PVA over part of your jar, (make it a full bottom to top section, but not covering the screw part where the lid fits, obviously) then lay the sticky part down on your sheet of tissue paper, lifting it up straight away, otherwise the glue will quickly make the tissue tacky and it will stick to your work surface. eeeek!
Do this all over your jar, in sections at a time, until you’ve covered the whole of the jar. Allow it to dry. (Give it about an hour). Then you can begin decorating the outside.
Time to add a little magic. Shall we?
If you’re making a Fairy Jar for yourself, you’ll find that it’s best to use smaller fairies as the lights from your T.lights will only shine and flicker at the base of your jar. However, I wanted to use a larger fairy, so had to figure out a way to let a light shine further up the jar. I could have bought some of those short lengths of craft lights – a little like Christmas Tree Fairy Lights – only made for crafters and operated by battery, but I wanted that warm glow that you get from a candle so … I found a way of making that happen. ….
I made a little gizmo out of Florist’s Wire, which I loosely wrapped around the ‘flame’ of the lower candle and then supported another candle which kind of hovered about it. I’ve taken more photos from other angles so that you could see how this wire frame works…
This wire support isn’t made of stiff wire, but it’s ‘bendable’ wire, so take a little care when using it. But if you knock it out of shape when you’re turning the T.Lights off and on, then you can easily just fiddle with it to make it stand up again. Once you get used to the way it needs to be bent, you’ll get the hang of it.
I loved making this Fairy Jar and particularly loved the little roses I chose. They were exactly the shade I was thinking of in my mind, and as if by magic … there they were!
Well that’s me done and dusted.
Hope you’ve had a good weekend, and that your week ahead turns out to be a happy one without too many problems or struggles, and that any problems you come across aren’t anything which you can’t handle.
Thank you SO much for coming and sharing some time with me. I so enjoy your company. Please feel welcome to leave a few words via a comment, and I promise to reply. I love your comments as it gets us all chatting to each other, and other people reading get a feel for what you’re like and will want to come and visit your blog too. It makes blogging world go around so well!
If there’s anything which I’ve forgotten to mention and you’d like to ask about, please ask away. I’m more than happy to help if I can.
Well all that’s left for me to say is … Have a truly Blessed rest of your day!
Sending crafty hugs . . .