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« on: September 09, 2004 11:53:25 AM »

I'll apologize for the quality of the pictures first... I need to get a different cable for my digicam, so I had to use my webcam to take the pics.

The first one is my S'more snowman.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/Geedownie/Crafts/smoresnowmn.jpg

And my Glass Ice Cube snowmen with wire arms
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/Geedownie/Crafts/glassicesnwmn.jpg

My felt mittens
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/Geedownie/Crafts/feltmitten.jpg

Snowballs
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/Geedownie/Crafts/snowball.jpg

And last, but certainly not least... my felt snowman bags. They were supposed to be gift bags for the spiced tea that I make, but I liked the thought of tucking them into the tree with candy canes in them.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/Geedownie/Crafts/snwmnfltbag.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2004 12:22:15 PM »

Those are really great! I would like to make some,what did you use to make the two little snowmen, if you dont mind sharing ?
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2004 12:59:57 PM »

Really cute...I'd also like to hear more about this "spiced tea" you make....if you feel like sharing.  I'm an avid tea drinker.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2004 01:10:50 PM »

The S'more Snowman

I used:

Crayola's Model Magic in white
A chocolate bar candy mold
Sculpey clay in a chocolate brown color
Craft foam sheet in a light beige/brown
Ribbon
Glue Gun with hi temp glue sticks
black paint pen
fabric scraps for the scarf
piece of cardstock/cardboard/scrap paper
beige/brown paint pen (or gel pen) - slightly darker than the foam

I worked the clay per the directions on the package and pressed it into the candy bar mold. Once the mold was packed firm I released the clay and baked it per the directions.

While that was baking I shaped the Model Magic into various sizes of marshmallow shapes and let them air dry for 24 hours. This stuff is GREAT. It's light and finishes so nice and smooth... and looks like a marshmallow.

I used a real graham cracker and traced it onto a piece of old card stock, and used that for my template.
(I used the 1/2 size of the graham cracker-not the full size) I cut out my foam and used a brown gel pen to make the perforation marks and holes in the foam.

When the clay was done baking, I let it sit for about 15 minutes, then cut it into 2 square pieces. Don't let it cool too much or it'll be too hard to cut. Too soft and you won't have that broken piece of chocolate raged edge look.

The next day I seperated my "marshmallows" into face and body piles and drew eyes and mouths on the faces and just dots for the body with my black paint pen. Then I started gluing.
Graham cracker-glue-marshmallow-glue-then I put both ends of the ribbon for hanging - then top marshmallow. I tacked down the ribbon against the face with some glue too, so it hung right.
Then I put on the the scrap of fabric for the scarf.(tacked it down with a little glue too)

The glass cube snowman was really super easy.

I used:
Some flexible wire that I stole from my fiance (about 1 foot in length for each snowman)
Some glass cubes that I bought at Michael's in the Floral section. (they're really cheap- but HEAVY)
Paint pens in black and orange
Glass glue
ribbon
scrap of fabric for the scarf
 
I seperated the glass cubes into head and body sizes (for whatever reason they're varied in shape) and glued them with the glass glue. Let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours.
When they're dry wrap the wire around the joint where you glued the two cubes together and give the wire a twist. I then used the same piece of wire to make the arms and made a little loop at the end for the ribbon to go through. Then I just drew the faces and buttons and tied on my scarf and ribbon.
I have a few more ornaments.. I'll post them next and I'll include instructions.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2004 01:35:17 PM »

The standard clothespin snowman



With these:wooden clothes pins, mini wood flower pots, acrylic paint,raffia, sand paper, hot glue and some old red buttons I got at flea market and some antiqueing gel and a drill.
 I painted everything, let it dry then sanded it down to givet that old distressed look. Then I used the antiqueing gel to make it look old and dirty. For hats I used the little wood flower pots and used the hole in the bottom to  hang them. If I didn't use hats, they got drilled and the red button was used at the top where it was knotted (raffia for hanging)



I got some rusted tin in cut out shapes and painted them with acylic paint and used wire that I stole from the fiance to make the hangers.



I used:
Model Magic in white again
jingle bells
wire
small plastic beads
raffia
scrap of fabric for scarf

I made the head out of the model magic, then I wired the bell and ran it through the head and looped it back down into the head. I pressed beads into the head for eyes and nose ( I tried to make sure that the holes weren't showing) Let it dry for 24 hours and then attached the scarf and wrapped raffia around the exposed wire in his head the hanger) and tied a bow at the top.



My ceramic snowmen. I made friendship bracelets for scarves for some of them... it took to long to make them so I did maybe 6.



My snowmen that I designed and cross-stitched.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2004 02:16:02 PM »

aww those are all so cute!
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2004 04:55:41 PM »

That's so cute! I love the felt mittons, such a great idea!  Cheesy How'd you get the snowy effect on the ornament?
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2004 05:16:54 PM »

I got this snow paint in a paint set that I got from Michael's and then some glitter paint that I had bought from the ceramic shop (it was called Galaxy)
I found this just now...

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=cp0015&channelid=

But they didn't have any replacement stuff when I went to Michael's but I found some at the ceramic shop. Ailleen's makes some I know.
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2004 05:29:20 PM »

I got this snow paint in a paint set that I got from Michael's and then some glitter paint that I had bought from the ceramic shop (it was called Galaxy)
I found this just now...

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=cp0015&channelid=

But they didn't have any replacement stuff when I went to Michael's but I found some at the ceramic shop. Ailleen's makes some I know.

That stuff sounds neat.. is it basically caulk-like?
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2004 07:09:35 PM »

It was more like really thick paint with stuff mixed in it.
The kind I got at Michaels had chunks of (I'll assume) plastic in it and the stuff from the ceramic store was more like sand or grit. I applied it with a regular paint brush. The trick with the snow paint is to scoop it out and push it, rather than stroke it on. You want peaks and valleys for depth.

I used the same paint on my snowballs. After I had made them, I saw something almost exactly like it in Hallmark for $10 a piece. Mine cost maybe $5 for a dozen (including the glass bulbs) that I got at Big Lots on clearance.
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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2004 07:32:04 PM »

i love love love the ice cube snowmen!! aww your house must look soo cute at christmas time!!
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2004 07:57:57 PM »

Thanks!
I've got a strict snowmen only on the tree policy. My best friend's mom is snowman crazy and it's a little overwhelming when you walk in her house. I try to keep everything fairly simple. This year I don't think I'll be putting up a tree, since my son is now a toddler and into EVERYTHING. I'll take him to grandma's house to play with their tree.  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2004 01:49:06 AM »

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The standard clothespin snowman

Wouldn't they be good for hanging up cards... like on a string? Do you know what I mean? Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2004 11:29:40 AM »

Oh sure.... you could use them to display your xmas cards that way. That would be cute!
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