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« on: December 12, 2006 01:26:40 PM »

i wanna make christmas ornaments where i can put mine and my boyfriends name on them and maybe have room to write other things like christmas lyrics..etc..does anyone have any ideas or pictures or decorations you've made?

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2006 01:33:57 PM »

I'm sure you could do something with polymer clay, I'm not sure of how that stuff works or how much it is though, but there is a polymer clay board here on craftster and I'm sure there is a FAQ section there to read.  Also for something super cheap-ish you can make salt dough ornaments, it's playdough you make yourself.  4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1.5 cups of hot tap water, roll it to about a quarter inch and use cookie cutters or a tooth pick to design it how you want it and bake it at 200 degrees until it starts to get a golden brown colour, let it cool and paint it then seal it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2006 01:36:54 PM »

that sounds like an awesome idea! i might actually have to go do that right now...forgive me if this sounds stupid but are there things at home that i can 'seal' it with?


do you think that if i rolled up newspaper real tight and paper mached around it it would work as a regular ball ornament? my mother would kill me if i took the ones off the tree and painted on them lol
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2006 03:29:28 PM »

It's like a shelack type thing, you can get it at Wal-Mart in the spray paint section, it's just a glaze, I'm not sure of anything else though.

You'll have to try the paper mache thing, I honestly don't know if it would work or not.

Also, maybe try the dollar store for styrofoam balls, you could decorate them, when I was younger I put a seed bead on a straight pin, then a sequin in a contrasting colour, then stuck it to the styrofoam ball and it looked pretty neat, although it's not the greatest of crafts if there are small children around or cats that like to attack the tree.
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2006 02:56:53 PM »

Check this page for loads of polymer clay things to make for Christmas decorations, etc., including ornaments (though virtually anything that's hung on a tree automatically becomes an ornament!)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Christmas.htm

And if you're interested in doing some lettering on clay, or even with clay, check out this page too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/letters_inks.htm

(then ask any questions you might have over on the new polymer clay boards here)



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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2006 10:14:31 PM »

You could just write on glass (clear balls would be really cool) or plastic ornaments with permanent ink. I wish I had a picture of what I'm thinking of. Just kind of hap hazardly all over them.  For me handwriting is very personal and romantic. I LOVE how my fiance writes. It's scraggly and awful and shows his personality and sense of humor.

Anyway, the written messages are a great idea! Thanks, I'm putting some on my to do list.
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