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Blue Loon
« on: December 12, 2005 01:37:29 PM »

Hi from down south - very south - Australia  Wink
It's really summer here but where else to put Christmas decorations???

Here are a selection of baubles I gave to some friends.
All start with a styrofoam base then have sequins or cloth plus other decorations.

« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005 02:52:49 PM »

They're lovely- so shiny and pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 03:46:02 PM »

Those are gorgeous, one year I would like to take the time to make some like those.  How did you make the pine cone looking one?

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 04:02:43 PM »

Maybe, you could make a small rack to hang them on out of wire. Or you could get a small potted palm and place them on decorative plant stakes around the tree.
Blue Loon
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2005 04:47:05 PM »

Sorry this reply is so late.
The pine cone is relatively quick. The ironing bit takes time, especially to avoid burnt fingers.  Wink
Ill make another and Ill make it clearer by adding photos after Christmas.
Hope you have fun trying these.
Happy holidays & keep crafting!

PS: Let me know what youre making.

Heres how to make the pinecone:
  *1 egg shaped Styrofoam ball
  *100 short pins - any colour as they dont show
  *8 pearl pins or bead topped pins
  *shiny material ( it must be ironable - lame works) 8in (20cm) of roll is plenty
  *material of own artistic choice (also ironable) 8in (20cm) of roll is plenty
  *decoration for top - bow, holly ,
  * Ribbon for hanging

  *Cut shiny material into 24 - 28 squares of 2in (5cm)
  *Cut other material into 25 - 29 squares of 2in (5 cm) plus one larger square of 3in (7.5 cm)
  *Iron all small squares to like this: fold square in half to form triangles & iron, then fold again into smaller triangle & iron again.
      Notice that when the little triangles are placed with the point up one side has a folded edge while the other side is open. You will be using them so the fold is on the same side of all the triangles. I only worked this out later so didnt always get the pattern I wanted. The ironing phase is the time to work it out.
  *Iron the large square flat.
  *Mark the egg with a dot at the centre top and centre bottom.
    Join the dots along the join line in the Styrofoam to divide the egg in half.
    Measure half way between these lines and again join top to bottom. So the egg is divided into quarters.

Fun Bit:
  *Unfold one small not shiny square. Place it so centre is pinned at centre of pointy end of the egg. Pin the corners along the drawn lines.
  *The small triangles will be alternated around the egg to form 4 stripes. Remember to keep them going the same way for a neater look.
  *Hold the egg so the pointy end is up. Place one small triangle on it so its point is also up and just not quite touching the centre. Pin down the bottom 2 corners of the triangle (not the point).
  * Use the same material to place a second triangle on the opposite side in the same way pointing to the pointy centre.
  *Now pin 2 of the other material triangles one between each of those already on the egg, trying to keep the points about the same distance away from the centre.
  *Second and next 4-5 rows just work around alternating the triangle materials. Each row is just a little lower than the last. Where the corners of the triangles cross determines how low each row can be.
  *Stop adding rows when the triangle bases are about 2-2.5 in (5-6 cm) from top centre.
  *Use the large triangle to cover the top by just tucking under 0.25 in (0.5 cm) of the edge then pinning the corners using the decorative pins. The material may be a bit loose so make a little fold in the middle of each pinned side and add one more decorative pin. Now you have the square pinned with 8 pins.
  *Finish off by pinning on a circle of ribbon to hang it and a decoration to top it off.


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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2005 03:15:24 PM »

Thanks I am book marking this one so I can make a few next year!

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Blue Loon
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2005 08:06:12 PM »

I'm not very technical so hope to download pictures in a few days when I can get some help.
Hope you enjoy yourself making them. Smiley
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