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Friday, 6 March 2015

Making a Rosette




Hi Everyone
Today's Mini Project is a little rosette I've made to add a decorative finish to some small boxes. The key to making the rosette is a sizzix die and a die cutting machine. The die is called 'Mini Paper rosettes' by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.
The process starts with a single cut creating four pieces. Each rosette is made up of two pieces, each a different size. The die cut produces two perforated lined long paper strands and two circles. The idea is to fold and concertina the long strands, glue them into a round (rosette) shape and secure by glueing one of the round pieces onto the centre. The photo collage shows each stage of the construction.






The choice of paper will influence the final look of the rosette and there are lots of opportunities to add additional embellishments.
My tip is to make a couple of additional thin paper circles to act as a first stage 'fasten' for the rosette. It's a tricky process to keep the rosette from uncurling until both sides are secure. I find the thin paper much easier to apply quickly. The final finish of the patterned paper circle is then placed over the blank circle giving an attractive appearance. I've layered the rosettes in my collage photo but they are an attractive item as a single piece.
I'm planning to incorporate these rosettes into some of my new jewellery packaging as well as some of the Make & Take Kits.
If you don't have the die - it's possible to make a similar rosette. The concertina element will take longer but the idea is the same. The long strands will need to be approximately 25cms long. I will give it a go and see what comes out next time.

Thanks for reading.
Have a great weekend.