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« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2007 04:53:55 PM »

I printed the pictures on plain white paper (thinner, easier to roll) in black and white. I very lightly glued them together so they'd be double sided and then laminated them with self laminating sheets.

To get them in the bulb, string them with thread or clear fishing line and roll them gently until they are small enough to fit through the top. Push them inside and then use a dry paint brush to rub it flat until it looks how you want it to look.

Hot glue one side of the thread to the rim and then the other. Trim, ribbon, cap and embellish. Voila!

I'd love to seem some pictures of others ornaments when you get them finished. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2007 04:55:59 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2007 07:00:25 PM »

This has got to be one of the best things I've seen on craftster!  I'm definitely going to look into making something like this for myself!  I love it!!

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« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2007 07:29:30 PM »

Not trying to hijack the thread, but here is the tutorial I used.
Instead of painting, I printed photos on regular printer paper and glued them to both sides of the acetate (actually, one side was a photo and the other had names/dates).  The acetate holds itself against the sides of the bulb, and with the photo printed smaller than the inside of the bulb it looks like it's floating.

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« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2007 10:55:33 PM »

I absolutley love it! I took some pictures of my children for christmas gifts, and I was wondering in something similar, but if I can get this bulbs I will try it too... I was thinking in cristal jars, to put the pictures in, and then fill them with chocolate kisses or some other candies, a beautiful bow and thats it, a candy jar, and also a portrait ...(I cant get all the jars I need Sad still ) any way I will show it to you of course
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« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2007 11:37:33 PM »

Very nice and professional looking! Thanks for the instructions! Adding these to the long growing list of things to do!

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« Reply #26 on: November 21, 2007 04:31:04 AM »

Thats really pretty!  I've never thought of putting a photo in those, though I have put other things in clear glass balls.  Did you roll the photo to get it in there?  (I'm guessing you did)


« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2007 08:52:23 AM »

I picked up a package of clear plastic round ornaments at my dollar store last night. So if anyone is afraid to break the glass (the thought scared me  Tongue) look around; the plastic ones are out there!!


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« Reply #28 on: November 21, 2007 09:20:43 AM »

Thats really pretty!  I've never thought of putting a photo in those, though I have put other things in clear glass balls.  Did you roll the photo to get it in there?  (I'm guessing you did)

Yep, I rolled them. With the big bulbs, you don't have to roll them as small since the rim is bigger. That made it a littler easier.
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« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2007 08:33:34 AM »

The snowflakes are rub-ons. Be careful with these though. I smashed one of the balls in my hand while trying to rub-on a snowflake. It takes a lot of pressure and the ball can't handle too much. I figured out to use the tip of my hot glue gone to heat up the rub-on so it would transfer more easily.

Once I figured out the method, each ball only took about 20 minutes. Smiley

I was wondering what you meant by using the hot glue gun?  I was going to try the decal idea myself for a couple of ornaments and was just wondering if you could help me out.


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