Friday, November 15, 2013

Pintesting - German Glass Glitter Ornaments

So for this round of the Pintester Movement we've been instructed to make Christmas tree ornaments. Now I live alone. I have no kids. I rarely put up a Christmas tree (although I do have a lovely one I bought back in the early 90s from the Pick & Save in Fairbanks. I think it was $19.95.  I'll let you translate that into an appropriate level of "lovely." I think it is 4 feet tall.)  Anyway, I don't usually put up a tree because who will see it except me? So once I have made my lovely ornament (something about Christmas requires multiple uses of the word "lovely.") I'm going to try to send it to Jodee who blogs over at the Cheeseblarg for her first ever Christmas tree. Why? Because I love cheese. And honestly I don't need a lot of Christmas tree ornaments. Also, I wonder if I could compete with her cheese love. I think I could.

I opted for the German Glass Glitter ornaments for the combined reasons of glitter and theoretical ease of the project. Except I can't make projects easy. I must complicate them in some way. In this way I didn't re-read the instructions that would have let me just do scribble designs and I actually attempted to create designs of actual things. Also, I don't know what the hell German Glass Glitter is and so in the great tradition of the Pintester, I just used what I had which was normal glitter.

So here are the ingredients. The basic instructions do not mention mod podge and the big paint brush but since glitter is the herpes and I don't want it all over the place I theorize I will seal the glitter on the ornament with the mod podge.
I started out with making holly. Holly is so easy to draw with a pen. It should be easy to draw with glue. See the first dot. 

Look! Three little holly berries. They will begin to drool almost instantly. Don't use this much to make your holly berries.
Note the blob o' berries and the outline of the holly leaves. This is good, right?

Sprinkled the green and red glitter carefully onto the holly and berries. 

 Then I had to take a fine paint brush and dust off all the glitter because glitter sticks to the whole glass ornament whether or not there is glue on the ornament. 

I also tried a snowflake. It was easier by far.
I carefully sprinkled white/clear shiny glitter on the snowflake.

You can't really see the glitter, but it is there. I promise. I wouldn't lie about this. (Would I?) No, I probably wouldn't lie about that.  

So because I don't want glitter to eventually get everywhere I sealed the ornaments with mod podge. My theory is that it will seal in all the glitter.

 Luckily the mod podge dried clear. I was briefly worried about it. But it is shiny mod podge (modpodge mod podge modpodge mod podge say it a bunch and it loses all meaning) so it enhances the snowflake (in my opinion)

So I hung several to dry. I did stripes which was much easier. I also had a finer glitter I used on some ornaments. Also, if doing stripes or covering the whole thing with glitter, it is much easier to use the mod podge to coat everything than it is to use the regular glue. 


Jen said...

They came out very nice! I agree the mod podge enhances the snowflake.

Beth Caudill said...

Love the holly and snowflake.

Jodee Rose said...

Holly is everyone's goto Christmas design, I think. It is mine, at least. I think it came out great, in a humorous blobby way. The snowflake is really lovely. I will be glad to give them a home, if you are able.
Also, cheese rules!

Katrina said...

The glitter comparison to herpes is so true! I am still cleaning glitter off things 5 days after I made my glittered dinosaur.

Meg said...

These are cool! And are they flat ornaments?? If so - very cool. . . I want some. . .

Sonja Foust said...

That was a brave glitter adventure! Well done!