12-11-2010, 11:49 AM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Beautiful Memphis, Tennessee
I've done these many times. I got the instructions from the Carol Duvall show. If I can find the instructions on line, I'll post that, but for now:
1. Stamp on white tissue paper with waterproof ink. (Matching the color of the tissue paper and glitter makes the paper invisible.)
2. Color image with waterproof medium (ie, coloring pencils).
3. Trim tissue paper around image, leaving some excess. Don't bother to fussy cut, as the tissue paper will "disappear" after gluing and you need enough to have control.
Here's where the fun begins:
4. Coat the inside of a glass ornament with a clear-drying lacquer. The easiest way I've found is to pour a lot of the lacquer in -- 2 to 3 tablespoons -- swirl it around so the bottom is covered, then turn the ornament upside down and let it drain into a jar. Make sure all of the inside is covered & try to avoid having puddles anywhere. It needs to be a thin, even coat.
5. While the ornament is draining, curl your image around a pencil or dowel rod. Huffing on the tissue paper helps it to curl easily. You need to be able to fit the curled paper into the opening of the ornament without touching the sides. I have some long tweezers with a curved tip that are perfect for this.
6. (Work quickly from this point, as you don't want the lacquer to be too dry.) Make sure your image is oriented to the top of the ornament and carefully insert it. Try not to touch the sides with it anywhere except where you want it. Once the paper is placed & released from the tweezers, it will uncurl. It can be moved a little, gently, once it's in place. (Paper will tear if stressed too much.) Air bubbles can be gently pressed out. I used to keep a pipe cleaner with a smooth plastic bead handy for this.
7. Funnel in your fine white glitter, shake it around to make sure all areas of the ball are covered (keep the opening covered), and pour out excess.
8. Let the ornament dry, add cap & ribbon (whatever!), and you are done!
I practiced with the lacquer and tissue paper in small jars until I had the movements down. Finding the right tweezers was a great stress-reliever, too.
Good luck & pm me if you have any questions. It looks like a lot of effort here, but it's easy enough for my kids to do.
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