last we left off y'all saw the reindeer ornament like this... I had rolled out my salt dough, and used a rubber stamp, well a few actually, to impress the design into the clay.
I did a few ornaments, and a couple of three dimensional ones that's I'll share with you later, and then I baked them. Some folks leave theirs out to air dry. That has never really worked well for me, so I always bake mine. It's almost more of a dehydration process... they go into the oven at about 225 degrees and stay there until they are as hard as a rock. I usually leave them in there at least 4 hours, more if they are thicker.
Once cool they are easily painted with regular acrylic paint, which is exactly what I did here. My vision for the finished ornament is a red reindeer on a white background... so first step, at least two coats of white paint. And, in spite of my desire to do this quickly, something I have learned over the years is that you absolutely MUST let it dry well between coats. Otherwise, the second coat simply removes the first. You can see the contrast between the ornament I painted white and the other baked ornaments. See those Sharpies?
I outlined the impression using the red Sharpie so that I'd know exactly
where I want to put the glue to adhere the glitter. Yes, glitter...
remember, I've become addicted to the stuff and I cannot get enough of it... so everyone be warned, if you get ornaments from me this year, there will be glitter involved... lots of glitter....
Using my handy dandy pokey tool I applied a line of glue (Elmer's) to the red outline, working in one small area at a time. I will say, it would be better to use a little plastic bottle that has a very fine tip, the sort that you can buy at your local fabric store for paint. I didn't have one, and since it was about 1 am couldn't run out to grab one, as those stores close much earlier. Still... it worked out well in the end.
Then...glitter. Red glitter... red micro-fine glitter...
When it's dry, cut the fabric as evenly to the edge of the ornament as you can. I then turned it over (which I could do because it had all dried so well on the front, no re-glittering here for me, nope... no sir-ee) and applied a coat of matte Mod Podge to the back to not only seal it, but help it adhere a bit more to the back. It also works well to prevent the edges of the fabric from fraying.
It's cute, and I like the red sparkles on the white background, and I like the sparkly edges... but darn it, it still needs "something". There's just not enough "oomph" to it... Oh, wait... I know, how about MORE glitter!?!?! Yup... I think more glitter would be perfect. I very carefully painted the white glue all over the top of the ornament and sprinkled on more of the white sparkly stuff.
Oh yeah, this is it... a green ribbon to hang it with (and to tie in the green in the backing fabric), and I've got it!
I wish the glitter photographed better, maybe I'll have to drag out the light box and try, because the photos here don't do it justice. It will be just adorable hanging on a tree reflecting the lights!
What do you guys think?