Don’t these little guys bring a smile to your face?
Aren’t they just the cutest?
Ages ago, back in Cactusville, a woman in our sewing group gave a class on making these. I’ve always liked them, and kept her instructions ever since. I also made a slew as Christmas presents one year. A visiting relative reminded me of them, saying she always gets compliments.
I decided to give them another go. It was time to track down some critters, unearth the paint and see what transpired. This endeavor proved interesting. Paint, especially acrylic paint, does not last forever. The critters were no longer stocked in the toy store (it’s the digital age, they told me). When I did finally find them, they weren’t made from the same material as before.
What was intended as an afternoon’s craft turned into a mission…
First up was paint experimentation. Since the lizard material was different, I had no idea what paint would work. Several tries later I finally found one that covered. Some of the paint had a mind of it’s own, and just oozed off the edges (think “The Blob”, but more colorful), others dried tacky and made them all stick together in a clump (those lizards were thrown out).
Pin backs? Check! Those glued on without trauma. Colored wire? Check! That was in the wire bin. Tin of misplaced beads? Check! Cats sleeping elsewhere? Check! It was finally time to start.
Thankfully my batch of micro beads had not aged into oblivion. They were still glitzy and bright. That’s the extra bling on the legs, not glitter. So, are you ready for a little rococo reptile?