When you open a box of Christmas tree ornaments, memories of all the delights of the season come popping out. All your jewelry, especially handcrafted, may embody the warm personal message. Who has a set of special-handprint of a child made of plaster and glued macaroni star, or an elegant hand-stitched Santa? Creating your own jewelry gives you the pleasure of creating, durable decorations for your tree and cherished gifts for friends.
All ages, from children to grandparents, will find pleasure in creating their own jewelry. Children love to use easy, fast materials and techniques for making jewelry. Artists use their more technical skills to make them with the wind, fused, or stained glass; engraved gold or silver metals; to simulate and clay; or of carved wood. The skill level required for most projects in this book are placed between. They focus on available materials and show workable techniques.
Christmas is celebrated in many countries and many ways. Knowing some of this knowledge makes the subject of every Christmas decoration more interesting. Some of these traditions are ancient, which include icons such as evergreen trees, wreaths, mistletoe, candles, bells and Holly. Some have religious symbols such as a creche, angels, and guiding stars. Other recent themes such as Santa, stockings, toys, gingerbread houses and elves. No form of ornament is more durable than the colorful beads in many styles, and no one symbolizes Christmas more than the star on the top of the tree.
Along with these bits of traditional knowledge, you will find full-color photos of each piece of jewelry, lists of materials, models, illustrations, and instructions for their manufacture. So get your box of materials-beads, ribbons, fabric, chenille stems, sequins and shiny paper and let them begin.
Tips for making jewelry
Jewelry, by its very nature is fragile. In our house, several fine glass balls explode on a hard floor every year. Fragile as flowers to bloom in a short time and then disappear. But when removed with care, even fragile decorations, including your hand-made treasures that can last years and years.
Choose lightweight but durable materials to create jewelry. Massive jewelry will cause tree branches to SAG. Decorations that are too fragile will not survive until next season. For example, the folded Christmas trees can be made from various papers, thin sheets of plastic, or even thick cloth.
Store your ornaments in sturdy boxes. If you can find them, use special boxes with dividers. Wrap fragile ornaments in tissue paper and pack them in separate compartments. Over the summer, make sure your decorations are stored away from heat or moisture.
You can leave the lights and decorations on an artificial tree if you have space to store it. If so, be sure to bend the hooks closed as decoration and limbs, and wrap the tree in large plastic storage package (available for disposal of the tree). To move the tree next year and add some new touches, such as wire edged ribbon, or a special new decoration. New ideas on the shelves every holiday season.
Choose the right types of glue and paint for the materials you are working with (the product label will list this information). For example, some beads will require hot jewelry glue, and shrink Dinks plastic, and have a waterproof paint or pencils. For training, making ornaments, collecting materials from everywhere ornament-candy, ribbons, jewelry, art paper, and craft a Safari shop.
To enable family and friends by making these small decorative projects. The joy of Christmas is to be with the people you love. The other part is to give gifts, and decorations are lovely gifts.