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schizo319
« on: November 13, 2010 11:35:05 AM »


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So my mom asked for an earring tree for Christmas this year. Since 1987 has long passed, I figured it would be easier to make one than to actually buy one. I wanted it to be easy to hang post or earwire earrings without having to take the whole frame off of the wall. So I started experimenting with using some screen to make "leaves". After wrapping the edges in copper tape, I decided that wasn't going to be strong enough, so after I racked my brain for a couple of hours about how to make "leaves" with the screen, my husband came home and said "what about polymer clay"... I love him, I was starting to think I'd have to scrap the whole idea...

At any rate, here are the technical details:

- The base is a gallery style (1.5" thich) masonite board I picked up at hobby lobby. Just a word of warning, it's HARD to pound nails/tacks into masonite board - the back of the board has some little divets, but I plan on covering the backside with felt.

-The paint is acrylic and the tree is delta foil (pressure sensitive mylar) with a few peices of copper leaf to fill in some of the gaps. Sealed with several coats of satin finish poly.

- The oval frames were cut out with cookie cutters - I tried to use leaf shape cutters, but they proved to be too small and fussy to work with, especially with the screen in between.

-I sandwiched a piece of screen between two oval frames with some liquid poly. {I cut the screen with a circle punch and squished it into an oval form}. Then I pressed the frames between two texture plates and brushed them with mica powders.

-Also, picked up some copper tacks at the hardware store to hang the leaves and put in a row of small gold cup hooks for neclaces/bracelets.

I still plan to make/buy a jewelry roll to hang in the back of the peice. The idea is that when she travels, she can grab the roll, throw in a couple of the ovals and be set. Plus she can keep some of her nicer "special occasion" jewelry hidden away!
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kricket_usa
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010 12:42:04 PM »

I love this!
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aisy
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2010 07:48:59 PM »

me too-wisted
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Demonna
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2010 07:11:32 PM »

Wonderful idea! I was just thinking about trying to find an earring tree for myself, right now they're all in a Kaboodle, lol.
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Lisa C
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010 11:55:51 AM »

I have been wanting to make a family tree picture/piece of art. I am totally stealing your idea, I am going to make one for my Mom and one for myself.
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nougatgee
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010 08:31:47 AM »

ingenius!
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