At my downline meeting this weekend we had a special guest, Carol (waving hi with a hug), and she showed us how to make these very special ornaments, and she is going to be doing a class on them at her home on November 7 (I have to find out the time), if you would like to attend (if you live in the Gilbert, AZ area) let me know and I can give you Carol's information.
So this won't be a video tutorial, it will just be some photos from my meeting…
You will need:
Glass ball ornament, heat gun, needle nose pliers, towel, irridescent ice embossing powder, a window sheet with your image stamped and colored, or a photo that is on a special kind of window sheet, scissors, ribbon to decorate.
Take the metal top thingie off the ornament. Be careful cause sometimes the glass ornament can be sharp. Blow hot air into the glass ball (don't put your mouth on it in case the glass is sharp). This will put moisture inside the ball.
Using a spoon add some irridescent ice embossing powder, don't add tons, you can always add more, but you CAN NOT take it away.
Tap the ball gently on the sides and more it around so that you spread the embossing powder around inside and it sticks to the moisture that you blew inside.
Here you can see the embossing powder inside, notice it is just lightly in there, not too much, you want to be able to see your photo or stamped image through it when you are done.
Carefully hold the glass ball with the needle nose pliers.
Using the heat gun heat the embossing powder till it goes to clear and looks like ice. I would wear eye protection. Carol says that none of the ornaments have broken but I guess there is always that odd chance. So I would not let a child do this project unsupervised.
Make a little "nest" ahead of time and lay the hot embossed ball on top of it to cool. It's hot so be careful.
Carol forgot her window sheets that were ready to insert so I don't have pictures of that step. But basically you will cut your window sheet in a circle so it will fit the size of the ornament. Carefully roll the window sheet into a tube so that you can insert it into the ornament hole. It will open up inside. Look how sweet the dog one is. I am going to go to class and make an ornament with Toby inside, and I can add pictures of that last step later after class.
I hope this makes sense to you, and just think of the cool ornaments you could make. Baby's first Christmas, Our First Christmas Together, etc.
Have a great Tuesday and thanks for stopping in!
love this thanks for the tut
I did these last xmas as gifts and put pics of the family inside came out so cute but never thought of the embossing pwd great tip
Jacqui Lines says
Very cute – I like the irridescent ice touch – instead of putting in the fake snow…very nice.
Love it! Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂
I love the ornament…. is the dog somehow printed on the window sheet or is the picture glued onto the window sheet; it's hard to tell in the picture.
Diana Gibbs says
Janet, the picture is printed on a special kind of window sheet or transparency, when I take the class I will email Carol my photo ahead of time and she will have it ready for me to do…cool eh?
Great project. Would love to know the make of the transparencies once you find out.
Jane S. says
Hi. I love these! Please post details about how to get photos onto the window sheets. Thanks. Jane
Very very cute. I love that idea. Thanks for the cute tutorial
Shana Heeg says
Did I miss something? Is the picture printed on a window sheet?
Diana Gibbs says
Shana, the picture is printed on some sort of transparency that goes in the ink jet printer.
I have not done this, I am taking the class in November.
Very neat!!! How do you make sure that the transparency will stand up in the right direction? I mean if you jiggle the ornament couldn't the dog be facing straight down or be upsidedown altoghter?
Diana Gibbs says
Rose-Ellen, I have not taken the class yet, but when you cut the circle shape out of the transparancy you need to cut a square notch that sticks out, and it will go inside the ornament hole to keep it in place.
Debbie B says
Once you take the class can you get back to us on how the picture you send to Carol gets put on the transparency you use for this?
This is a great idea!!!