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Sunday in a COOLer Arizona

Hello friends and followers.

At last, the doors are open at night to allow the 65 degree temps inside!  It is a welcome event when we can let the fresh air in.  Arizona is like the reverse of most of America, we get three months inside in A/C but we get 9 months of glorious outdoor weather!

I realized I was caught in a box, in a rut because the business name is Altered PAGES and therefore everything should be paper, right?   WELL, yes and no.

First, I want to share some Dominoes for a project that will become a necklace.   I started with standard "ivory' dominoes.   I applied Maya Road TRUE Black ink to the clean domino and allowed it to dry.   I then used layers of Maya Road Mists in various colors.   Allowing drying time as I moved from one domino to another.  I used my fingers to smooth the color on some and on others I daubed them with an ink sweeper.
After all was dry I coated the dominoes with crystal lacquer to create a seal and great shine.  I may add some glitter yet.
The next step will be to adhere collage images to the number side of the domino.  Our many Mini Image Collages can be used for this purpose.  The colors are so wonderful that the necklace can be worn on either the image side or the color side depending on the outfit worn.

I also want to showcase some items from our Design Team Leader, Leslie Rahye Strickland.   When people mentioned jewelry to me I backed away, as it is after all - Altered PAGES.   BUT I have become a believer in Altering the Page to create wearable art.

Leslie used the Graphic 45 French Country Paper Pad and several techniques.  Leslie incorporated acrylic shapes & applied images cut from the G45 papers with Crystal Lacquer When using glues, lacquers, etc. on printed images it is best NOT to use inkjet printed items, the image will soak up the glue & basically disappear or smudge.   
Use quality laser printed images (our collages are always laser printed)

 Leslie then cut paper into strips and rolled them evenly to create beads.   You can ensure an opening for your cord or chain by rolling the bead on a bamboo skewer or other slender object.   Use Crystal Lacquer (or your choice of glue) after five or six turns throughout the rolling process to keep it held together (do not glue to the skewer!)     Allow the rolls to dry.   You may also add a coating of Crystal Lacquer to the outside of the finished roll.   After all is dry, remove from the skewer and thread your chain or cording through the holes.  You can knot in between if you desire.   If you add charms or acrylics, make sure to insert them onto your cord/chain so that they hang properly when finished.  

WHO KNEW Paper could be so gorgeous as jewelry?   Order your Crystal Lacquer in sets or bottles along with the G45 or Glitz paper pads of your choice at

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