Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas anyone? #2

Deanne at Inspirational Tips
has a lovely tutorial on covering CD's.  On the first CD I used a wired garland that I found at Walmart and the second I followed her directions.  I think they turned out so lovely. 
 I thought I would go "cheap" and use a piece of core board scrap to cover the backside so I could make twice as many ornaments.  It worked fine except that it took alot of time and patience to cut, form and decorate it.  So I got smarter/wiser and decided to use two way tape to hold the ribbon in place until I finished decorating the backside with another CD.  I then used my handy dandy E6000 glue and ran a rim of glue all the way around the back CD.  I then used clamps to hold it together while I worked on another one.

 (I have no patience in holding something in place till it sticks
so the clamps are one of my favorite tools.)

I have some lovely yarn that is a Christmas green with long metalic fringe so I made a few with the fringe, with the ribbons and with the garland. 
What do you think?
Which one is your favorite?
I decided to make the ornament reversible so that no matter where it hangs it can be viewed from either side. 
I made one, then two and before I knew it I had eight of them done! 






Red Glass Ball with a Porsche exterior.



This red ball has been around for at least six years.  I leave them hanging on my back porch all year long.  I got the brainy idea to mosaic these beautiful seven inch balls with a clear glass.  I started to thinking that car window glass has a netting or something in between the layers and that it would hold together once broken. 
My hubby and I stopped at a car body shop and asked for a glass from a wrecked car.  They did not have any broken glass but had a windshield from a Porsche coope.
They gave it to me for free when I told them what I was planning on doing with it.
(I think they thought I was nuts and wanted me off their property.)
Do you have any idea how hard it is to break a windshield when you want it broken?  Very very hard work.  Finally I layed out a tarp on the driveway, got my hammer and struck it on the end of the glass.  Yep, it broke in thousands of pieces with one hit!  But the majority of it is fused together so I could apply it to the ball without any trouble. (BE SURE to wear gloves!!!)
 I was able to get four covered balls from one windshield.
There you go!
 I may never own a porsche (let alone know how to spell it),
but will always have a little piece of one!
At Christmas time I hang a bow with some pine from my trees and
 I have an updated look for the season.
Do you have any unique ideas for ornaments? 
I would love to hear about them.
Thank you, Deanne for reminding me of this project!  Be sure to go over to see all of the lovely things she creates!!!http://inspirationaltechniquesandtutorials.blogspot.com/
Don't you love Christmas? 
It brings out all of our creative senses.

Blessings,
Sharon

23 comments:

Charmingdesigns said...

These are wonderful

The Feathered Nest said...

These all turned out beautiful Sharon!!! What a great idea! I love repurposing things...and the glass ball is gorgeous too! I hope you are doing wonderful sweet friend, xxoo, Dawn

Nadine said...

Very pretty & creative!

Blessings!
~Nadine

http://sweetoldvintage.blogspot.com said...

My gosh Sharon.. you have been so busy working on Christmas... I can't wait to see your tree.... You have so much talent and I love viewing it....

Hopemore Studio said...

Sharon, Thank you so much for sharing the site for this tutorial. I am continually amazed at how much you can get done in a day!

Angie

Lynn said...

Beautiful ornaments, your tree is going to look GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

These are just gorgeous. What a brilliant idea to cover CD's. I will surely check that one out. Wouldn't they be fabulous on top of a gift for their tree.

Karen

Sea Witch said...

I love it when there is a viable repurpose of objects that are easily thrown away. there are millions of CDs tossed out and this is a fantastic way to utilize and create lovely holiday items. Your work is so ispiring. Sea Witch

Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sharon ~
Wow those are just beautiful beautiful ornaments ~
I can't believe that Porsche one ~ how cool is that !
xoxo
Lori

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh! these are so pretty Sharon!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Absolutely fantastic! They are all so beautiful. Do you know how many cds we have around here? I will definitely have to see about giving this a whirl! The idea for the glass ornament is beyond me. How do you ever come up with such an idea. Turned out beautifully! Best wishes, :) Tammy

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

OH my dear Sharon you are just too talented for words. Beautiful pieces and I would of never thought of the beautiful balls much less using a windshield. Goodness how God has blessed you with creativeness.
Sorry I have not wrote but wanted to stop by and grab some jewelry pictures for my site.
Hopefully tonight I can work on that.
Got to run a female to prison this afternoon not looking forward to that at all
Always
Maggie

A Little Something Added said...

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A Little Something Added said...

Your son thinks it's awesome that you used a Porsche windshield for one of your projects. Can't wait to see you!!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Sharon:
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment today. I'll look forward to getting to know you better.
See you again soon!
xoxo
Donna

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Porshe ornaments- who would have thought!!
What a great idea for using those old CD's!! I am going a hunting now for some!

Violet said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful ornaments! I'm inspired now, just what I needed for a birthday gift for a friend : ) ~ Violet

Karen Valentine said...

I just finished scrolling down and looking at your altered CD ornaments. Those are one of my favorite things to make for Christmas and yours are just lovely!!!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

Candy said...

What a cornucopia of lovely things. I so miss all my visiting lately. Great inspiration with the ornaments, sis's gift-beautiful, and the 'FRIENDS' framed art-fabulous.
Thanks for dancing by today ;-)

Myrna said...

Hi Sharon!
I love those CD ornaments! You did a beautiful job..I'm popping over to check out the tutorial..and your "Porche" orbs are amazing! You have the most creative mind!
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Blessings,
Myrna

Barbara Jean said...

oh i love them all, but especially any with the children or angels

thanks for sharing them and the tutorial blog site.

blessings

barbara jean

Linda K. said...

Oops! My bad! I missed these gorgeous cd's! I love the crackled look on some of them. How beautiful they really are!
Linda

Charlene said...

For the CD ornaments it is hard to choose! The Nativity wins I think. But runners up were the birds & the little girls looking in at the tree. Thanks for sharing. You did an amazing job! Merry Christmas! Charlene

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