Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments - 17 Ways


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
paint ornaments black and add glitter... Night scape weddings! Add drama for wow factor!:

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.

Two coats.

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!

I'll be back sometime Friday with a slip-covered settee to show you!


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Jennfer Fenton said...

Karen - this is seriously a fabulous ornament project! It's amazing that the metal finishes really do look like lights! We have never worked with metal effects or leafing...but we will now! Great job! Thanks so much for participating with us for the Ornament hop!

Jenn and Vicki
2 Bees in a Pod

The Crowned Goat said...

Only you could pull this off and make it look so fabulous! I would never have though to put this color combination together much less add the designs. Love love love! Hugs, CoCo

Cat Golden said...

These are so cute! I have been on a metal leaf kick these last few weeks too! I love love the way they turned out! Thank you for sharing!!

Lindsay Eidahl said...

These are so cool!! They are different than anything else I have seen this year. I love them!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Love them so much!!! Pinning away, my friend! :)

Art and Sand said...

Your bulbs are gorgeous and sophisticated.

Peggy Zortman said...

Love, love, love this, especially with the flat black paint. I just read about mixing metals this morning on another blog and was thinking about adding to my silver. I am seriously going to have to do this!

Karen @ karensuponthehill said...

Karen, these are gorgeous!!!! You are so creative to think of those pretty lights as an ornament! Love, love, love!
Happy Holidays!
Pinning this ASAP!

Kimm Boes said...

OH MY GOSH, Karen, these are amazing! I love the combo of flat black and gold. It really looks like they are lit from within! Now I've got another handmade ornament on my "to do" list. :)

20 North Ora said...

Elegant decorations. Great job!


The Resourceful Mama said...

I love the black and gold combination in these ornaments.

Iris Watts said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! My husband told me he really likes them too, so I see a black ornament tree in my future! Thanks for sharing this idea with us!

Tara Lehman said...

Karen, your ornaments look fantastic and they are so unique! How fun to use metal leaf!!! Have a great weekend and take care, Tara

Cheryl A said...

Those are so pretty. I've never seen ornaments like that and I would have never thought of making any like it.

Pam said...

I never would have thought of this color combination but it's so pretty! We're planning a New Years Eve party and I'm thinking a bowl full of these ornaments will make a gorgeous centerpiece. Can't wait to try them!

Lucy Auburn said...

Wow, these are so unique and pretty! You did a wonderful job of reproducing the look you were going for.

Bliss said...

I love them too. I picked up some metallics to transform some old decorations, but I didn't think of trying some leafing.


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