Monday, December 22, 2008

Led By The Light

Even though all my craft supplies are in my closet, I do all the creating with those supplies in my dining room/kitchen. We have vaulted ceilings in these rooms and the light fixtures are too high for me to reach. When they go out, which is more often than I'd like, I have to wait for Engineer to change them. Well, he was gone for a couple of days and some lights started going out. I needed the remaining bulbs to work or I wasn't going to get projects finished! I crossed my fingers, then got to work before any more went out!

Here is the craft project I was working on last week but couldn't show yet. I made three of these little bags, tags, and etched candle holders. I got the pattern for the bag from Splitcoaststampers, it is a 2-5-7-10 bag. It's easy and quick to make, just what I needed! The candle holders were fun to make, too. I haven't done much etching before this project (only once before), but it was just as easy. I taped off the top and bottom of the holder with blue painters tape. Then, using a stamp, I embossed the image onto the glass. You have to be careful the stamp doesn't scoot around, the Versamark ink (which is what I used), makes it slippery. You want to pick an image that has interest, but not too detailed. After embossing the image and letting it cool (I used kitchen tongs to hold the glass while heating it), just apply thick coats of Armor Etch cream with a sponge brush and let it set. Now, the bottle says to let it set for 60 seconds, but there must be a typo. To get the glass etched as much as I had wanted I had to let it set for over 30 minutes. You can peek at how much has etched by rinsing it off and letting it dry. Check the opacity of the glass and if it's not etched enough, add another coat of cream and let it set some more. When the glass is etched as much as you want it, rinse all the cream off. Then remove the tape and embossing powder (I used a scrapper from Pampered Chef for this part) and your candle holder is finished!

Stamps: CTMH Shining Star
Inks: CTMH Juniper, Versamark
Papers: CTMH Juniper

This is the scripture on the tag:

I will also be your light in the wilderness;
...wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments
ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall
know that it is by me that ye are led.
1 Nephi 17:13

So I do have a couple of other little projects to show, but those will have to wait until maybe tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I just happened upon your blog and I love all your papercrafts! I love all that fun stuff, too! I also love your bookshelf. That is so neat! I have read a lot of the same books as you. So here's the question of the day: When is that Dan Brown's next book coming out??? I love his books and can't wait for more! And that is very cool that you put the Book of Mormon there, too. It's definitely the greatest of them all! Merry Christmas to you and your family!



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