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Crafted Christmas Ornaments - Holiday Ornaments
MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-01-06 3:19 pm   Permalink

I know what you're thinking, it's about a month too late for this thread. I decided I need a tiki themed tree for next Christmas and it's time to start working on it now. For one thing, leftover Christmas stuff it CHEAP right now.

I tried an experiment for a fishing float ornament - I took a 2.5 inch Christmas ball and made a net around it using this method

found at
http://www.olypen.com/elgato/ballnets.htm


It was a good attempt, but I wanted to make some changes: I wanted transparent colored balls instead of reflective, I need some jute twine instead of the cheesy poly stuff, and I want to make more knots/smaller net holes.

I picked up some clear glass decorate-it-yourself ornaments on clearance 6 for a buck. I also got some glass stain in bottle (get the darker colors). I poured the stain in and sloshed it around to coat the inside well, poured the excess back into the bottle, and set the ball (hole down) in a paper cup to drain. If the color as not dark enough for your liking, repeat after the first coat has dried (some of these will get another coat)


So why am I posting now instead of waiting to show you a finished product? If you want to get on the fun you need to get your butt down to Michael's NOW or you'll have to wait until next November for the clear balls!

Will post finished products soon. In the meantime you can post your crafted ornaments here (Aloha Station, Big Toe, Buzzy, Cammo, Crazy Al, Meiko, Tiki Kate, Tiki Racer - I know you have ornaments to post)

EDITED - At Cammo's suggestion, changed the title to include other holidays so you can post your Easter ornaments (Easter Island???), 4th of July, Yom Kippur, etc.

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Tacky Tiki
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Posted: 2009-01-06 7:02 pm   Permalink

You can also scour the thrifts for clear ornaments. That's where I got mine. Guess I'm headed to Michael's next for the glass stain. For those with Beverly's Crafts-skip it. They didn't have much at all. If you have a choice, hit Michael's.


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-01-10 8:50 pm   Permalink

I like this better than my first one. 6 pieces of twine doubled and tied to a keyring to make 12 strings.

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Tacky Tiki
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Posted: 2009-01-11 4:23 pm   Permalink

That looks really good! Have you tried lighting those yet? I've got my stuff ready to go-just gotta get off this board and get it going! I bought the assortment of transparent glass color-it says to use the glass primer first (gee, I guess that's why it's called PRIMEr!)Did you do that? I assume they are expecting peeps to use this stuff for wine glasses and such that will be handled and washed. I've got the rings for the bottom-did you paint yours or are they pretty much covered with the twine?

I'm going to make mine and try them on a minilight strand I have in my Faux Beaux-nana. OOH-got and idea-keep your eyes peeled for some 10-light mini lights with something horrible on them, pull off the ugly things and replace with cool 'fishing floats'-then weave them into your decor!

If I can figure out how to post pictures, I'll do it and get back to you!

I love the way you tied your float-I may need some tips on that!


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-01-11 6:12 pm   Permalink

Go TackyTiki!!!

I have not tried to light mine but that's a good idea, the mini lights would work great. I used Kelly's brand glass stain from Michael's and it didn't call for a primer but maybe it should have. I poured the stain in and swirled it around to coat evenly then turned the ball upsidedown to drain. Seems like most of the stain just ran back out. Even after several coats, they were only tinted, the blue one pictured was the darkest and the rest were much lighter. In all fairness, I had started with Light Blue and Lime Green which are light colors but I would have thought the red would have stained darker. The yellow hardly has any color at all. I am going to get a dark blue and dark green and try again.

I didn't paint the metal ring at the bottom, I looped the 6 strings on then wrapped the gaps in-between with another piece of string and tied it off.

Posting pictures is much easier on this forum than on many others (thank you Hanford) When you post a reply, hit the link that says "Add Images To Your Post", it will open a new window, hit the "Browse" button, select your image, hit the "Submit" button, copy the string starting with [img... and ending with .../img] and paste it to you post. You can hit the "Preview" button to see how it looks. PM me if you have trouble
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Posted: 2009-01-12 3:19 pm   Permalink



Made this for the "online artshow". Started with a standard christmas bauble, taped on the spines [cocktail sticks] and the face and tail. Then covered it in paper marche to add texture and smooth all the elements together.



The outrigger and sails were then added. Next up I undercoated and then used acrylics to make it feel like a tikiracer.




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Posted: 2009-01-12 3:32 pm   Permalink

Awesome, thanks TikiRacer! Tomorrow, I'm going to try a puffer out a styrofoam ball and a hundred toothpicks. (But it won't look anything like a TikiRacer)
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Tacky Tiki
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Posted: 2009-01-13 5:47 pm   Permalink

That tikiracer is really good looking! I'd forgotten about paper mache! What a cool way to create more tiki stuff! Pufferfish and moais to hang on the Xmas tree-or in the bar! I'll have to experiment! Thanks for the idea, Tikiracer!

Right now I'm waiting for my glass primer to dry. I'm starting out with only one ornament just in case I mess up somehow. I bought the Delta brand of transparent glass color. I got one of those little combo/trial kits. Hopefully it will be a good way of making floats of different colors without spending as much for a big bottle of glass color. We'll see. The primer has Isopropyl alcohol in it, but there seems to be something oily in it too. The glass is not getting an etched look (thank the tiki gods!) I'm hoping I'll get a color on it within the hour to get an idea if it's going to look good.


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Posted: 2009-01-13 8:52 pm   Permalink

O.k.-the Delta brand stuff was too thick and would not swirl around in the glass. I know there is one other brand at Michaels-but it isn't Kellys. MadDogMike what state are you in? Maybe we don't have that brand because it doesn't meet the CA requirements.

I'll see if I can pick up something else tomorrow. I couldn't get the stain to move, so I washed it back out. I didn't see any reason to let it dry in the ornament since it was just sitting there in blobs.


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-01-14 4:52 pm   Permalink

Here's my version of a pufferfish, it doesn't have near the mojo of a TikiRacer but it is vaguely reminiscent of a fish

Styrofoam ball, 50 toothpicks, tissue paper and white glue (fins), a couple black brads (raided my wife's scrapbooking stash) and some paint


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Tacky Tiki
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Posted: 2009-01-14 7:55 pm   Permalink

It's cute! Well, in a pufferfish kinda way! I'll have to try some!

I got in the wrong lane for Michaels today, so I'll try again tomorrow. Got my scooter meeting, so won't get to working on the Fishing floats until Friday, but I'll check into pufferfish supplies tomorrow, too!

Can acrylic paints be used on styrofoam? Maybe I could make one the color of the tikiracer!


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-01-17 08:11 am   Permalink

I finally got the transparent glass paint figured out. Tried 2 different paints on the inside of the ornament but the paint drained out before it could dry. I finally tried some "Gallery Glass" Window Color by Plaid from Michael's Crafts. I brushed a coat on the outside, let it dry then brushed on a second coat. Now to tie some nets around them.



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Posted: 2009-01-17 11:00 am   Permalink

Lookin' good, MadDog! Thanks for sharing!!
I used that same stuff on some port/starbird lights I found at a thrift store - I found them clear & used the same product to make one red & the other green.




 
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Tacky Tiki
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Posted: 2009-01-20 6:32 pm   Permalink

I found the Kelly's stuff, had the same (or worse) problems than you had. Went back to the Delta stuff, painted on the outside. So far, so good. Trying to save some of the ones that dried unevenly with the Kelly's. I can always tuck those back in the foliage if they are too uneven!

I did get the Gallery Glass in one color. I got some more ornaments at Beverly's. I'll try the Gallery Glass once I get some of these others finished. They seem to need several coats. I did have some questions on the Gallery Glass:

What colors did you buy? Their color names are strange. Like Plum and Morning Glory. Which one is just plain purple!?! What is a good green? Kelly? Lime? I wish they had swatches!

Did you use the clear protective coat on top? I bought it. Thought it might help. Lemme know if you used it and liked it or hated it.

One of these days I'll have something done to show everyone! I think maybe this is not a good craft for winter in Sacramento. Even though the weather is in the mid 60's during the day lately, it just isn't really warm enough to cure this stuff very fast.


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Posted: 2009-01-20 8:15 pm   Permalink

Tacky, the color that the bottle shows is not the color of the dried paint. I bought Sunny Yellow, Royal Blue, Kelly Green, and Ruby Red. Gave everything 2 coats and it seemed to cover pretty well. I figure a little uneven-ness is OK because the netting covers and breaks it up, plus the coloring on the real ones is a little swirled and uneven. The teal color is one coat blue then one coat green, the orange was mixed about 3 parts yellow and 1 part red then painted on.

I didn't get the clear coat to put over the top; I figure the netting will help protect them and it's not like tree ornaments get that much wear and tear. I've got 3 netted and 4 more to go.

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