After quite a busy day yesterday, I am happy to say that I almost accomplished everything that I set out to do. For me, that is as good as anything. While I didn’t get my little tree changed over to Christmas yet, I did finish painting the new ornaments and charms for the pattern packet.
I had to wait to take the final pictures for the packets, and I will be doing that today. I found that the DecoArt Craft Twinkle paint (the sparkle paint) that I used on these takes a bit of time to dry and since I wanted the little charms to be really, really sparkly, I just had to be patient.
But everything is dry this morning and I was able to take some quick snapshots to at least show you all the final results of the past couple of days.
The key word to these ornaments is ‘versatility’ as there are many ways in which you can use these fun pieces.
I think the best way to do this is to just show you the pictures and you can take it from there . . .
First of all, here is the completed set in maple. There are twelve holiday words in all. The little charms on these are cut from 1/8” birch plywood, and I did paint them with a gold metallic wash so they shimmer. (I HAD to put a little shimmer in them – after all, they ARE Christmas ornaments!) The woodworking ‘purists’ could easily substitute another beautiful contrasting wood if they desire, but I liked the understated shimmer of the gold metallic paint. The beauty of the maple still looks warm and rich:
Now the really fun part . . .
For the second set, I used some opalescent metallic colors for the lettering, and the charms, as you saw yesterday, were loaded with glitter paint so the SPARKLE!
I know the pictures here don’t do them justice, but they really look bright and cool.
I was going to stop there, but I liked the ‘charms’ so much, I decided to add some bonus larger patterns of the charms in the pattern packet, along with some instructions on how to paint them simply. By simply I mean NO shading – just blocking in the color. (Oh – and then adding a couple of layers of – you got it – SPARKLES!)
They really look so amazing in person! They are shiny and solid glitter and almost look like candy! I thought that they would make wonderful ornaments for a smaller tree or even to use as tags on gifts. They will make a wonderful little keepsake that the recipient will be able to keep for years to come!
Even though I made the tag for Pancakes, he seems quite bored with the idea:
He decided he wasn’t done sleeping yet:
Oh well, you can’t impress everyone . . .
They are even nice if you have kids and want to let the ‘play’ and decorate their own! Wouldn’t that be a nice keepsake for Grammy or a teacher? I stack cut these pieces out of 1/8” birch and it took all of about 15 minutes to cut the 12 pieces – yielding 4 dozen ornaments!!
(By the way – the labels worked pretty good. I was using some ‘light duty’ labels though, as my order for the ‘permanent’ ones didn’t arrive yet. I found that sometimes the edges would pull up a little bit when I was cutting close to the edge. However, I didn’t want to make a judgment on this because mine were about 10 years old and they may well be the ‘repositionable’ type (is that a word??) But overall, they worked very well and I am happy with the prospect of not having to use spray anymore. I will conduct another more comprehensive experiment as soon as I receive mine – probably by next week!)
Since I put three decent coats of Craft Twinkles on the pieces, I didn’t want to handle them until this morning, as I said. Today I will take better presentation photographs and build the pattern packet. Then we will be ready for a site update either tonight or tomorrow.
I really liked doing this simple pattern. I still have more ideas as to what I can do with the shapes, but that is for another day and another time. I will just have to surprise you later on with that one.
It is nearly 9am here and I am amazed at how dark it still is outside. Granted it is an overcast day, but it is nearly dark inside here too. Winter is definitely nearing.
I hope you have a good day this Monday. It is the beginning of a new week and I wonder what adventure will come my way!
Have a great day!
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