Thursday, August 21, 2014

Christmas in July - Gilded Christmas Ornament


I am involved in my first blog hop with IndigoBlu. I was given some wonderful products to use in a mixed media project and it was fun working with something new. Of course, I had to have some kind of "metal" involved so I used the Merry Christmas stamp to make my gilded ornament out of solder.




I purchased blank card stock from the craft store that had a spot for a photograph to be slipped in. I cut out a piece of card stock the size of the window and covered it in green, brown and white distress paints. For the border I covered it in green distress paint and then went in with my distress ink pad and swiped it over the green very lightly to give it a slight woodgrain look.


I then used a piece of the Phat Foam to apply some FlitterGlu onto the Snowflake Lace rubber stamp. Once stamped, I sprinkled Mega-Flake in Lancashire Rose and wiped off with my hand (yes, you get nice and glittery during this process) and used the Scoochy sponge to polish it up a bit.


For the ornament I cut out a circle free-form out of 24 gauge copper sheet. I textured up the edges some with my hammer. Using a torch, I melted some lead free solder onto the copper. Once I had a nice flow approximately the size of the Merry Christmas Circle stamp, I let it cool for about 45 seconds and them gently set the stamp in the solder. I held it there for about 5 seconds and gently lifted it. It made such a beautiful, organic piece. I then oxidized it, buffed it up a bit and applied English Cottage Acrylic Paint in Miss MoneyPenny with a paint brush just in a few spots. While still damp, I used a paper towel to remove the excess paint. To hang it, I attached a jump ring and used a piece of Sari Fabric from my Opaque Silk Ribbon Bundle.

Please be sure to visit the other blogs from our creative design team for their fabulous creations!






Thursday:
 
 
 

Friday:
 
 
Carol La Valley http://wp.me/p1MCno-3st
 
John Creighton Petersen http://artnewwave.com/?page_id=468

Saturday:
 
Baerbel Born http://wp.me/p4nlri-ud (English)
            http://www.baerbelborn.com/ (German)
 
Kay Halliwell-Sutton http://www.indigoblu.com/blog/?p=6341
 

38 comments:

  1. Such clever ideas - love this. Jenny x

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  2. What an awesome way to use the stamp, Jennifer. I didn't know one could do that! Carol La Valley

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  3. wow - this is so clever - what a brilliant and clever make - love it xx

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  4. What fun this blog hop has been! Wonderful creation and love what you did with the stamp!

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  5. I love your card! So nice to see new to me blogs along the hop. Thanks for sharing!~kim

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! It was so much fun!

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  6. Love this .... fab technique, your ornament looks great! Linda xx (IndigoBlu DT)

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  7. That is fabulous, from the gilded snowflake to that unique piece of metal, never knew it was possible to stamp in molten metal! Love the distressed metal look, awesome!

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    1. Yes, you can use the lead free solder from the hardware store :) The rubber smells a little after you do it so be sure to do in well ventilated area

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  8. What a very clever technique! It looks fabulous. Presumably the stamp cleans up ok afterwards? Thank you, Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, yes, I cool the stamp in water and then rub off the cooled solder that may be left on it. You get a slight rubber smell, but it does not burn or melt the stamp

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  9. Fabulous piece and brilliant step by step.Really creative.Hugs Debbie X

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  10. I haven't tried solder stamping yet, it is now on my list as that is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much! Happy stamping, just don't get the solder in your hair :)

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  11. Love the solder stamping......hugs Lisa.B ...IndigoBlu Dt...x

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  12. Amazing result - it is beautiful!

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  13. very pretty like it because sooo different

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  14. Wow, your Gilded Ornament is gorgeous! I am in awe!! The stamped sentiment looks like a fun technique. I need to try soldering one day. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Laura. I used the lead free solder from the hardware store, not traditional jewelry solder :)

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  15. Stunning! Love the ornament and what a fabulous technique.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  16. stunning artistic work i love it xx

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    1. Thank you so much Lesley!! My sister spells her name the same way :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing, learning something new!

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  18. Thanks for that, it looks just great. Hugs, Ana

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