I'm glad you're here!
Did you know that Thanksgiving is in one week?
It's really slipping up on me.
I don't even know what desserts I'm going to make yet.
I think that will be a Saturday decision.
In the meantime I've got a little Christmas preview for you.
In the form of ornaments.
I wanted to make some ornaments that go with my new living room.
So when Vicki from 2 Bees In A Pod was putting together a group of crafty bloggers to show off their ornament ideas, I said "of course!"
I had an inspiration picture
These are actually lights.
And aren't they cool?
But I loved the flat black with the copper/gold look.
I thought I could come up with something reminiscent that would make me happy.
I took some clear ornaments - you know the kind that you can make like a million different styles of ornaments out of.
I painted them flat black.
I used Pure & Original in Black.
To get the metal effects I pulled out my gold leaf stash.
I had both metal leaf and metal powder so I tried both.
The first step in leafing is to apply the sizing (glue)
Just apply the sizing over the places you want the leaf or powder to stick.
Let the leaf dry for 30 minutes or so - until it is clear and tacky.
See the shiny area at the top of this ornament - that is sizing that is ready for leaf.
Use a slightly damp brush to pick up the leaf and spread over the sizing.
Just keep putting the leaf on until all the sticky parts are covered up. Lightly brush off the extra bits.
The powder works the same way. Pick up a little powder with the tip of a paint brush and paint it on to the areas where there is sizing. The metal is a little like a very fine glitter, but not quite so grainy.
Once you have all of the leaf or metal applied, let it sit for a bit.
Now take a large brush and burnish the metals by brushing aggressively.
When using the metal powder on glass or any surface that can be baked, you can bake it for a bit to set the metal. I did not do this (yet) because I ran out of time and needed to get the pictures taken!
They don't look exactly like the inspiration lights, but I still think they are pretty.
Actually, I love them.
I'm going to go looking for some really large globes and experiment some more!
Now. You probably want to see some more ornaments.
Well you're in luck!
You can see 7 more original ideas today and 9 tomorrow!
Click anywhere below to see the awesomeness!
Thursday, November 19th
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Friday, November 20th
I'll be back sometime Friday with a slip-covered settee to show you!