First off, let me just say that I hope that each and every one of you has had a delightful holiday season... whatever holidays you choose to celebrate. Our Christmas holiday was spent making and eating tons of yummy food including my very first (and thankfully, quite successful) attempt at making gougeres (also known by me as cheesy poufs!), spending some quality time with good friends that we don't see nearly enough, and finally getting to the new Star Wars movie!
I love the idea of sharing all the handmade goodies that we create this time of the year. Seeing what other creatives have been up to and how they respond to each theme of the month is always fun, but I especially love seeing the special holiday treats that everyone dreams up.
For me, this handmade holiday challenge reveal isn't too very different from what I did last year, but I thought I'd share what I've been up to anyway since I do have some new designs! Once again, I went a little bit overboard with the saltwater etching. I had a friend who has a guillotine cut down a bunch of copper sheet for me into manageable rectangles. I stamp my images on the copper pieces using rubber stamps and StazOn ink and then etch them using batteries and a hyper-saturated kosher salt solution. Fun mad science times!!
After the pieces are done etching, I antique them with liver of sulphur, cut my desired shape out, sand and file the edges. When that's all done, I punch any holes I want and add beads and/or charms and a ribbon to hang them.
Some of the ones I made this year are designs that I used last year and some are totally new for 2019. Here's what I've managed to make:
|Three brand new designs!|
|Happy Christmas was new this year... I love the leaf charm and red "berry" beads on this one!|
|The middle one was new this year and the first one I sold.|
I added all of the ornaments that didn't sell in my holiday shows into my Etsy Shop (you can see what I still have for sale HERE). From that I ended up with a special order for a very specific saying... "Deck Them Halls Y'all!) Since I didn't have a rubber stamp for that, I had to get creative! Luckily, Heather Powers had shown us an image transfer technique at her Inspired by Nature Retreat in 2018 so I went to work trying to figure out how to use that for the desired results. I played around with the words and some holiday graphics in PicMonkey and then got them printed onto transparency film. From there I was able to transfer the image onto my prepared copper and proceed with the etching and ornament making process.
|Special order ornaments. I'll be making more of this design for next year!|
That's all that I have for this month, but this is a blog hop. I hope you'll check out what everyone else created for a Handmade Christmas!