Monday, December 13, 2010

Special Shaped Ornament Finishing and Tips...

1. So....you've finished a project and want to make an ornament. First thing to do is press your ornament  - then lay it out and think about the shape you'd like it to be.

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TIP: At your local craft store, you can browse the scrapbooking aisle and find wonderful shape templates - maybe an oval would be nice for your ornament? circle? star? triangle? They are all available in templates such as these in the scrapbooking aisle of your local craft store.

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2. You've picked an oval for your ornament now, what size will it be? measure and try out...

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3. Using the template, trace the oval onto acid free mat board - also found at your local craft store, in the framing department.

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4. Cut out your ovals using a pair of paper/general use scissors.


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5. Make sure they match up, correctly.

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6. Although they match up...the scissors leave an annoying imperfect edge... so what I do is get my fine grit sandpaper out and run my ovals (held together so that they will have identical edges) on to sandpaper, scraping the sides to a sanded smooth perfect edge.

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7. Get out your batting and glue the mat board shapes to it

TIP: I used to use the polyester batting, but then I tried the 100% cotton batting (shown) and although it is a bit more expensive, it has a smooth, even, perfect finish, every time. I highly recommend it!

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TIP: Instead of using white liquid glue, I have found that spray on acid free craft glue is the perfect technique for applying batting to the mat board. This is the brand I use.

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TIP: I use a large cardboard box, with a piece of cardboard placed over the top, for my "spray table". Using the box allows any "over spray to go in the box and NOT on my carpet.

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8. After your shapes have been pressed onto the batting material, trim the edges with your fabric scissors.

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9. Now mount your stitched piece onto one of the shapes.
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TIP: working in a well lit area, allows you to hold up your shape and stitched piece, there by seeing the shadow of the shape behind the stitching to mount and center it perfectly.

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TIP: use a white, clear drying craft glue to glue the edges to the back side of the mounting board. I use the brand shown.
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10. Pick out your complimentary backing material and iron.

TIP: Ironing everything -  including any complimenting material for backings - makes for a neat, perfectly finished, professional looking end product. Take the time to do it, extra steps make all the difference!
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11. Now mount the backing material onto the back, just like we did with the stitching.

TIP: if your complimenting material has a geometric shapes or lines to it, please make sure that it is on the mounting board straight. Not having it straight will mean ending up with a crooked unsightly finish.

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12. Take the backing piece and spray the edge with the acid free spray glue (this will help the edge to be perfectly sealed with the stitched top.
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13. Before sandwiching front and back together, add your hanger with the trim you are using. Notice I added white craft glue to the stitched top (in the background) too.

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14. Press front and back together.
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15. Now we are ready for the drying to begin - lay your project on top of some old magazines.

TIP: Now place your project inside a plastic bag so that it is protected and will not get dirty from anything during the drying process.

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Layer some more magazines on top so that top and bottom is sandwiching your project.
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get a box filled with old magazines and put on top of the whole kit and caboodle:

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After about an hour.....

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16. Now add your trim....add a small beaded line of glue:

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Lay your trim along the edge:

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17. At the very end after the trim has been put along the edge, I go back and secure with flathead pins so that it stays nicely, the pins will disappear into the trim and go unnoticed.

TIP: save your finger tips, purchase a small hammer to hammer the pins in.

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Then there you have a perfectly finished special shaped ornament!
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Ornament stitching courteousy of Donna O.