f1is010e and f1is010f ~ Holiday Tree Ornaments

Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade
  • Metal straight-edge ruler to use to press against and make perfect creases
  • Tweezers
  • Cutting mat
  • Detailing scissors
  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot
  • Artist's paint brush to apply glue
  • Thick piece of styrofoam
  • Wide headed screws
  • Sticky clay substance like the sticky clay sold for adhering posters to a wall.

1. Use a standard hole punch (1/4") to punch out the ornament decorations for the larger ornaments.  Otherwise, use a pair of small detailing scissors to cut them out.

2. Take a small wad of sticky clay and affix it to the head of one of the screws. Screws work better than nail heads because the indentations meant for the screwdriver grabs the clay and helps keep it in place.  Plant the screw(s) into the foam.

Secure one of the ornament balls into the clay. Repeat for all 6 projects

3.  Make a loop of the gold thread and paint a drop of glue to the raw ends. The glue will help make it easier to thread the ends through the gold cap.

4.  Thread the ends through the gold cap.

5.  Place the cap onto the crown of the first ornament ball. Repeat for all 6 ornaments. Allow to dry thoroughly, then snip the stray ends of the gold thread. If you can't get the stray thread with scissors, then use a new x-acto blade tool

6.  Paint glue to the back of a chosen decoration. Allow it to get tacky dry.

7.  Position it onto the ornament ball. Take your time and work it with the end of a toothpick until the edges are smooth. Be very gentle while doing this, so as not to wear away the ink.

8.  For the long strip decorations, take the end and apply glue to about an 1/8". Position it to the ornament's equator, then allow it to dry completely.  This will help you to keep your sanity while positioning the rest of the strip.

9.  Once the end has dried, wrap the strip and then trim excess. Next, paint glue to the  back of the rest of the strip and allow it to get tacky dry. Gingerly work your way around the ornament affixing the strip. Again, take your time and make sure that you have worked out any bumps and rumples. As stated previously, don't wear out the ink surface.
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