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Tutorial: Wire Angel Ornaments

Wire angel Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add some sparkle to your holidaysI want to begin this post by saying thank you to my friend Cathy. She occasionally sends me pins on Pinterest that might make good blog tutorials. A few months ago she sent me this wire angel pin. At the time. I wasn't quite ready to start thinking about ornaments, so I saved the idea on my holiday board so I could revisit it later.

Well, Christmas is about a month away and I have been in the ornament making mood! So I found some pretty beads and wire and set to work.



Print out the ornament template. Each square on the grid should be 1/4 inch.

Cut a piece of wire that's 18 inches long. Use your round nosed pliers to form a small circle on one end of the wire.

The circle is the angel's hand.
Line up the wire hand with the hand on the template. Bend the wire so that it is the same shape as the wing.
Once you reach the bottom of the skirt, bend the wire. It is easiest to use your round nosed pliers to bend it here.
Continue bending the wire in the shape of the template.
Trim the wire so there is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch past the first hand.
Use your round nosed pliers to form a second small circle hand. I like to interlock he hands to give the ornament a little extra stability.
Choose a bead for the head of the angel.
Pull the ends of the ribbon up through the body of the wire angel. Then push the ends back down through the ribbon loop.
The ribbon should look like this.
Slide the bead down the ribbon and knot the ends of the ribbon together.
Of course, every angel needs a halo.

Cut a 3-4 inch piece of wire and use the round nosed pliers to make a spiral that is about the size of a dime.
Bend the halo wire about 1/2 inch from the end.
Apply a tiny bit of glue to the tip of the halo wire.
Slide the glued end of the halo into the top of the bead. Let the glue dry completely.
After the glue is dry, your angel is ready to hang on the Christmas tree.

If one wire angel ornament is nice, a whole flock of colorful Christmas angels is even better!

Wire angel Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add some sparkle to your holidays

Happy Holidays!

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Tutorial: Sharpie Tile Coasters

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.I've had a stack of plain white tiles in the garage since we did some bathroom work over a year ago. I knew they would eventually be perfect for some sort of craft. The obvious project, of course, is coasters.

These coasters incorporate two materials that you probably have in your house right now - Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. A set of four coasters are easy (and inexpensive) to create and would be a thoughtful housewarming, hostess or holiday gift.

With a little guidance, this is a project that even the kids could help with.



A word of warning before you begin. This project does not smell great while you are working, so make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Also, protect your work surfaces.

Make sure the tile surface is clean and dry.

Choose four Sharpie colors. (Pro tip: The metallics don't work well for this project.)
Take your first color and draw 4-6, randomly placed circles that are between the size of a dime and nickel.

Completely color in the circles.

Neatness doesn't count ;)
Choose your next color and scribble "lion manes" around each circle. It's fine if the colors mix a bit.
With the next color, draw lion manes around your lion manes.
With the last color, fill in any remaining white space.

Let your coloring dry for a few minutes.
Dip a fan brush into rubbing alcohol. Lightly tap the brush against your finger so the alcohol gets sprinkled across the tile.

Don't add too much alcohol at first. You'll be surprised how quickly the colors start to blend and blur.
Sprinkles of rubbing alcohol blurs a Sharpie marker design and gives the effect of watercolors. Gradually tap a little more alcohol across the tile until your design looks just right.

If you go overboard and your design becomes too white or you just don't like the color combination, you can remove all of the ink with an alcohol covered cotton ball. Make sure to wash and dry the tile before you start coloring again.
After the alcohol drops are completely dry, seal in the colors with clear spray paint. Start with a very light coating sprayed at least 18 inches from the tile. If you spray too close to the tile or use too much for the first coat, your colors will blur even more.

After the initial coat is dry, add 2-3 more coats of clear paint according to the package directions.

After the clear coat is completely dry, affix the cork to the back of your tile with E6000 according to the package directions.
When the glue is dry, your coaster is ready for use.
Don't be afraid to experiment with your colors. As I mentioned before, if you hate the color combo, you can always remove the ink with rubbing alcohol and start over.

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.

Which color is your favorite?

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