Monday, 9 December 2013

Vintage Tree Ornaments by Deborah



 

 

Ranger Melting Pot
Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel: Clear, Bronze or Gold
Heat Resistant Craft Mat
Ranger Memory Glass
Printed Images (I used Crafty Individuals) cut to fit your glass
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lace Chain or Link Chain
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Jump Rings
Charms, or beads/broken jewellery
Fancy metal findings/hangings (to link the jump rings to the main piece)
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Stickles, Gilding Wax, Glitter to decorate
Small pliers for pulling apart the jump rings

 

I recently took a class with fellow That's Crafty! design team member, Carol Fox, where we got to make vintage tree ornaments. Carol very kindly gave me permission to blog my makes and pass on the technique.

Place clear and bronze or gold UTEE in your melting pot (about 2/3 clear to 1/3 metallic - and put the clear in first), switch to the UTEE setting and put the lid on. 

While your UTEE is heating up choose your images - the ornaments are double sided so you need two. Cut to fit your memory glass (we actually used micro slides but memory glass comes in various sizes. Place your images back to back and sandwich between two bits of glass.

When the UTEE has melted stir it very lightly with the silicone spatula (included) then tip the pot back slightly so that the UTEE goes to deepest part. However you don't want it too deep, just deep enough to edge the memory glass sandwich with UTEE.

Holding the glass firmly at the top with both hands, place one edge carefully into the melting pot, tap gently on the bottom, lift slightly, then drag towards you. You should be able to feel the bottom of the pan but don't scrape it. Tilt the piece onto one corner and lift out. Repeat for all four sides.

It may take a little practice not to make the UTEE edging too thick, deep or lumpy but you can always scrape it off carefully with a craft knife and start again. If you've made up too much UTEE, as I did, you can always tip the surplus onto the mat and tip it back into the pot to re-melt later. My ornaments have a few lumps and bumps but I think that adds to the charm.

I'm not sure what the metal findings we used are called but you need something that you can put a jump ring through (or maybe make a hole in if you have a tiny drill). Add some Glossy Accents to the bottom edge of the findings and place on the top and bottom of your glass sandwich. If you use larger pieces of glass and/or findings then you may need to use bulldog clips until the two are properly stuck together.

Once the glue has set you can thread your chain and add charms or jewels to dangle from the bottom. Then decorate with stickles or other glitters. I added a smidge of gilding wax to the golden droplet hanging from the Santa ornament as the metal was too bright.
 
Deborah

10 comments:

  1. How I love these - they look authentically vintage.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  2. beautiful ornaments Debs, Annette x

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  3. Wow Debs! These are all absolutely stunning and so beautiful. Might have to give this a go too.
    Fliss xx

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  4. they look fantastic, love that faux soldering technique x

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  5. These are absolutely gorgeous Deborah. They look distinctly art nouveau/Edwardian in feel and would look jewel-like on any tree. Jenny x

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  6. They are completely lovely, Deborah - a wonderful vintage feel, and so exquisitely done.
    Alison x

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  7. Gorgeous makes. Love the whole vintage feel to these.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  8. These are just stunning, Deborah!

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