Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Feather Your Nest" Proxxon Design Team Project by Sherri Welser

~Feather Your Nest~

 by Sherri Welser for Proxxon Design Team

Join me as I create this sweet birdhouse using Proxxon Carving Tool and FolkArt Color Shift Paint ! Visit the Proxxon Blog for how to create this fun project!

Proxxon Carving Tool
Small gouge blade for tool
Wooden pre- made birdhouse
FolkArt ColorShift Paint in Aqua
Paint brush
Small stamp with saying
Black ink pad
Liquid Pearls by Ranger in Copper

1) Begin by carving a curvy line at each of the bottom roof areas using the carver tool with the small gouge blade

2)  Carve some leaf shapes

                                                  3)   Add some small details on the roof and bottom base

 4)Start painting the color on using 2 coats

 4) I then used a stamp with a saying for underneath the hole and wiped the stamp pad over the roof, sides and base

5) Add the Liquid Pearls around the stamped saying ,roof , base and to highlight the  carved vines

"You now have a sweet little birdhouse to call your own"
Happy Creating!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

How to Make Wooden Salad Tongs

For the perfect green salad you need the perfect pair of salad tongs. These handmade wooden tongs are just the ticket.

These great tongs can be used for more than salad—how about retrieving a slice of toast from the toaster, or lifting an ear of corn from the pot. An added bonus is that they fold flat for storage. Let's get started, and make a pair.

Supplies for the Salad Tongs

  • 12" x 3" x ¼" food-safe hardwood (I used maple, but cherry would be another option.)
  • 1½" length of 1/16" brass rod
  • 2 5/8" brass washers
  • 2 bamboo skewers

Equipment for the Salad Tongs

  1. Using the table saw, cut the wood into two 10¾" x 1¼" strips.
  2. Move the work to the band saw, and cut two 5" kerfs on one end of each tong piece. Refer to the accompanying drawings.
    Finished kerfs
  3. On Piece A cut 2" from the outer slats using the band saw.
  4. Move the work to the scroll saw, and on Piece B cut 2" from the center slat.
  5. Sand the pieces using the Delta sander with 150 grit sandpaper.
  6. Soak the pieces in water for an hour. Weight them down so they don't float. I used a food storage container filled with water.
  7. After they have soaked, wedge a piece of the bamboo skewer under the center slat in each piece. When the wood dries, these will form the "spring" for the working tongs.
  8. Heat the pieces (with the skewer still in place) to dry the wood. Keep the heat gun moving so you don't scorch the wood. This step is optional. It dries the surface of the wood, but you still need to set the pieces aside overnight to dry thoroughly.
  9. The water bath may have slightly raised the grain of the wood, so when the pieces are thoroughly dry finish sanding use the Delta sander with 220 grit sandpaper.
  10. Using a 1?16" bit, drill a hole ½" from the top and centered on the side of each piece for the brass rod.
  11. Line the pieces up with Piece A on the left with the center "spring" facing up. Piece B is on the right with the center "spring" facing down. Fold Piece B to the left so it rests on top of Piece A. 
  12. Thread the brass rod through the holes, adding a brass washer on each side of the center slat.
  13. Trim the brass rod almost flush on one side. File until it's flush. This will flare the end to hold it in place. Repeat the trimming and filing on the other side.
  14. Close the tongs, and mark the inside bottom edges. Adjust the table of the band saw to 45°, and cut a taper on the ends of each tong piece.
Here are pictures of the finished salad tongs.

Friday, June 16, 2017

4th of July Decorations

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with some 4th of July Decorations.  With summer here and the 4th of July getting closer, it's time to start thinking of party decorations.   

I found these adorable party hats and thought they'd make a fun summer banner.

I used the Proxxon Rotary Tool to drill holes in each hat.  Then I  threaded Whiskers Graphics twine through each hole and tied them together creating the banner.

I die cut SUMMER from Rinea Silver/Silver Glossy Foiled Paperthen matted each letter with cardstock.  Finally, I adhered each letter to a hat. 

Because I wanted a dual use for the banner, I used the Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to cut ovals from Smoothfoam to fit inside each hat.

I glued the Smoothfoam ovals inside each hat.  Then I placed a battery operated candle in each hat and surrounded it with some raffia.

Once it gets dark, all you need do is take down the banner and turn on the candles.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Save the Mermaids

Hello friends. Larissa here with you today with a handmade wall decor piece Save the Mermaids.
I made this for my daughter since she loves mermaid things.

I took a piece of plywood and drew a mermaid tale on it with a pencil.  I then cut it out using my scroll-saw. Once I was done I sanded the edges so they would not be rough.

I then painted the tale using Plaid paint. I used a couple of different colors to give it a two-toned look.

I let the paint completely dry. 
Once dry I took a small paint brush and wrote the words out using black paint. 

I added a few silver stars around the tale. 

Acrylic Paint Black, Aqua and Turquoise 

Paint Brushes
Silver Stars
Liquid Adhesive 

I hope you enjoyed my post today, Have a wonderful day friends.

Larissa Pittman 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Check out this cool picture frame made with my Proxxon Tools!

I've got to say, since I received my Proxxon Tools my mind has definitely been thinking outside the box when coming up with new projects. This project was a lot of fun and I love the result.

Supplies used in this project:

Proxxon Table Saw
Proxxon Drill & bits
Thin piece of board
Old piece of wood (I used an old fence panel)
Plaid Mod Podge
Decorative Paper
Foam Brush
Mini Clothespins
E6000 Glue

Start by cutting your wooden pieces out with your Proxxon Table Saw.

Once you have them cut, you will need to cut an additional wedge shaped piece. Then you must get some pilot holes started with a drill bit and screw your wedge shaped piece to the old piece of wood.
You will want to take your thinner, smaller piece of wood and use your Plaid Mod Podge to adhere your decorative paper to it and once dry to give a couple of light coats of the Plaid Mod Podge, drying between each coat.
After your decorative piece is finished you need to glue on the mini clothespins as seen in the above picture and then use your E6000 to attach the decorative board to the old board.
Quite different isn't it? When everything has dried you just need to pick a picture out and clip it in the mini clothespins.
This is now sitting on my mantel with a picture of a very special young man in it. Now I have an easy way to change the picture out whenever I want. I hope you liked this tutorial and that you go on over to www.proxxon.com to see the large variety of tools that they have to offer. You too could be making special things that you weren't sure you could make.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

How to Make a Display Hanger for Kid's Art

School may be out for the summer, but kids have art to display all year. I like to give each of my granddaughters their own space for displaying their creations. These personalized display hangers are just the ticket.


Supplies for one display hanger:

Let's get started!!

  1. From the scrap board, use the table saw to cut a 2½" x 5¾" piece for each display hanger that you're going to make.
  2. Sand any rough areas with the Delta sander, starting with 150 grit sandpaper and ending with 220 grit.
  3. Wipe the boards free of sawdust. Disassemble the clothes pins. 
  4. Paint both the boards and the clothes pins with FolkArt Ultra Dye. This comes in gorgeously vibrant colors, but still allows the wood grain to show. Finish with a coat of Ultra Dye Varnish.
  5. When the paint is dry, reassemble the clothes pins and attach to the base board with E6000 adhesive.
  6. If desired, you can personalize the art display hanger. I cut my titles from vinyl.
Now you're ready to display the work of the future Jackson Pollock's.