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661  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Newborn Ornament help on: November 03, 2007 11:44:16 PM
Glass etching is my solution to everything..!

You could get one of those glass Christmas balls, and etch "Baby's first Christmas 2007" on it.  I'm etching everybody I know christmas presents this year, one bottle of cream costs $10-$12 and goes a long way.  If you've never tried, this link is the tut I learned from Smiley  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2

Post what you end up making, I want to see!
662  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Tell me about your Christmas Trees! on: November 03, 2007 11:27:33 PM
I can't wait for Christmas this year!  It's my boy and I's first Christmas together in our apartment so I am going ALL OUT.  However, I am also relocating across the country right before Christmas, so we are celebrating early!  We're going to combine Christmas and Thanksgiving so we can celebrate with all our family before we move. 

We're going to do a fake tree because of our cats.  I stared really early (even before I knew I was relocating) making Christmas ornaments.  I made some beaded ones, and I decoupaged some of those Christmas balls with my boys favorite sports teams ( they came out really neat!! ).  I did those because he promised me I could have ONE REALLY GIRLY ornament of my choice.  What I picked out is a precious moments "our first christmas together 2007" ornament, which I love! 

We are probably going to set it up before thanksgiving, and take it down after we celebrate, then put it up again once we move into our new place.  I hope.   Grin
663  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ideas for a little girl with everything & a craft-hating mother on: November 03, 2007 10:42:51 PM
I would do hair accessories!  My mom used to make me all kinds of barrettes and scrunchies and headbands when I was young, and I loved them  Wink

Etching glass is also really really easy.  There's a really good tutorial here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17742.0 which is how I learned.  It's for glassware, but once you get started, you'll want to etch everything!  I've been doing glasses and candle holders for Christmas this year, very inexpensive and easy, although, probably not quite appropriate for a three year old.  A little hand mirror would be nice though!
664  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: First post! Melted bead ornaments! on: November 03, 2007 10:36:48 PM
This is a neat idea.

Would it work with those clear-ish plastic beads that sort of look like swarovski?

I would try sitting a few tooth picks in a bead hole and maybe that would leave a space for stringing?  I don't know.



As long as they're plastic, they'll melt!  I've tried it with some of the plastic faceted beads, and they melt juuust fine Smiley  I haven't tried the toothpicks, but I did end up making two more batches (pictures coming soon).  One of them I melted until they were soup, then one I took out early (the smell.. ick!) so the beads were fused but not all the way melted, and there was space to string ribbon in between the beads.  The soupy-batch, along with the first one pictured here, I hot-glued ribbon to the backs and they seem to be holding up well.
665  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: First post! Melted bead ornaments! on: October 15, 2007 09:28:18 PM
you could heat up a big needle or metal shish kabob skewer on the burner of a stove...and obviously use pliers or something to handle it, and sort of melt a hole through them

That's a great idea!  The next batch I make I'm going to insert wire in them before I melt them or maybe large jump rings...

I got more cookie cutters today, so lookout, there's gonna be more!   Grin
666  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: First post! Melted bead ornaments! on: October 15, 2007 12:51:17 AM
Oooh...that's a good deal on that lot!

Yeah... ugh...they smell SO bad!  I try not to open the oven door because the smell escapes, but I wanna check on them so often. Cheesy

I put our dogs out & our kitty upstairs.  I figure I'll kill my brain cells, but leave them outta this mess. Cheesy

We have a one bedroom apt so there aren't that many places to put the cats!  I stuff them in the bathroom with the window open until it airs out.   We had some dust-masks from when we painted the apartment, and my boy insists I wear one of those when I open the oven door  Roll Eyes  I might end up brain dead but they look SO COOL.
667  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: First post! Melted bead ornaments! on: October 14, 2007 11:24:37 PM
I love Mr. Hanky!! Cheesy

If you don't want detail beads like that to morph as much next time, put them on/squish them on towards the end of your bake cycle.  They'll squish down in & melt a little, but they'll still keep their star shape and then you'll even have some 3-D effects going on.

I got a TON of cookie cutters from Craftster members last year.  We can't post about personal swaps on the boards, but we can put something in our signatures about 'em.  I put, "If you'd like to donate any of your old metal cookie cutters to me, PM me! Smiley" and I had about a dozen people contact & mail me boxes of them.

Wow, that's pretty cool.  The lot I got was maybe $10, I couldn't pass it up!  They had another lot of 400+ assorted cookie cutters for $30 but I don't know where I would store 400 cookie cutters, heh. 

Ohhh, I'm going to try that with the stars next time!  I just wish it didn't smell so bad..  I air-freshened the whole apartment after which seemed to help a lot, I just don't want my cats breathing it in, you never know  Undecided
668  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: First post! Melted bead ornaments! on: October 14, 2007 09:49:51 PM
The star beads on the tree are genius!

Ahhh... I gotcha about the drilling/stringing.

I thought it was cute!  I tried to do the same thing with the gingerbread man, with the buttons, but they kindof morphed too Smiley  My boy thinks he looks more like Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo than a gingerbread man, but I think he's cute!  Next time I am going to try an all glitter set... I ordered a set of around 40ish cookie cutters off eBay, I can't wait until they come!   Grin
669  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: First post! Melted bead ornaments! on: October 14, 2007 09:20:45 PM
Wonderful! My favorite by far was the Christmas tree. It looks like candy.

The Christmas tree looks really cool closeup too cause there are different  shades of green.. I used star beads to looks like "ornaments" but they deformed a bit  Wink

WOOHOO!  They turned out great!!

If hot glue does work for you, you can drill a small hole near the top & string your ribbon right through.

Unfortunately I don't have a drill, that's why I was going to go with the hot glue.  Next time I will put wire or something in them before I melt them. When I made my first attempt, I did a single layer of beads which left a lot of spaces in between where you could fit string or wire, but I made these thicker so they came out pretty solid.   
670  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: First post! Melted bead ornaments! on: October 14, 2007 04:31:34 AM
450 farenheight?
Great idea btw! if my mum is ok with me stinking up the kitchen, i am so using this as peoples xmas prezzies!
Well done!

Yup, 420 Fahrenheit.  I found that the less I open the oven door to check on them, the less it stinks it up.  You gotta figure at least 15 minuets anyway.   Grin


Those look wonderful! I may have to borrow your idea, for I too lack ornaments for my tree.  Undecided

Go ahead, that's why I posted!  I figured someone else would want to use it, plus it's so EASY and inexpensive!
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