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« on: November 21, 2010 09:18:48 PM »



I am pretty happy with these.  This is the first time I soldered, so the edges are a bit rough, but maybe I will improve with practice.

These are made with 1"x3" glass microscope slides.  I got a pack of 72 or so for a nice price at a local surplus store, so that made over 30 slides.  I cut out vintage Santa/Christmas images, printed and trimmed to size, adhered one per slide and used two slides to make each ornament.  Soldered the edges together and bent wire and soldered them to the frames to be hangers, and used a charm for each at the bottom.  

I plan on making a few more, and will probably post a tutorial on my blog at some point.  

Comments and criticism always welcome.









I made a second batch yesterday and took pictures of the process and wrote it out.  For some of these, I added jump rings to the frame so other hangers, like chain or ribbon could be used.  I love the vintage Santa's, but also brainstormed some other ideas for them too, so I may actually reconfigure these for ornaments for a future Christmas too. 

Anyways, click here for the link to the tutorial on how I made these; I posted it on my blog yesterday

Please let me know if anything needs clarification
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2010 09:32:47 PM »

those are BEAUTIFUL! are you giving them as gifts or keeping them? they look awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2010 09:39:46 PM »

Thank you.  Every year I make an ornament to add to my gifts.  I have made beaded snowflakes, chainmaille and beaded snowflakes, beaded ornament covers, crocheted snowmen, needlefelted snowmen, knit gnomes, etc.  This year, they are going to be these ones.  I just need to get more 20 gauge wire and some different charms and I will be making a bunch more.
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2010 09:39:52 PM »

These are great!  Love the way you've used the wire for both form and function, and you could use this same technique with non-holiday images for any number of occasions or special little gifts year round.  
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010 12:29:31 AM »

These are so charming! Love them! (and wisting them!)
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010 01:57:36 AM »

These are gorgeous. They all look so delicate and graceful. Nicely done.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010 05:15:53 AM »

Thank you everyone.  I was thinking these could be cute for pictures, magnets, or if my soldering improves, pendants, especially if I trim the size of the slides a bit (a bit too big for my liking), and it would be a great way to also use cute images from cards or gift wrap too.  I remember seeing some small flat round pieces of glass or something somewhere, if I can find them again, that would be a great variation.

If done with pictures - that would be a great way of labeling and individualizing gifts too!
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2010 07:30:49 AM »

Those are quite nice.
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2010 08:55:56 PM »

I just commented on your cute owls, then I find these...you are one talented and obviously busy woman!  These are really cool, I especially like your vertical Santas.  Your gift recipients are lucky indeed.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2010 05:14:50 AM »

Thank you all so much - your comments are certainly helping to bolster my confidence!  I am hoping my family/friends like these too.  DH thinks they will be well received, but I am not sure.  The blue-robed vertical Santa is probably one of my favourites - love the blue and the little reindeer in the corner.

Are people interested in a tutorial?  I was thinking of making a few more and posting one on my blog as I make them.
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