Saturday, February 24, 2018

How to make a driftwood candle holder

My Proxxon tools have helped me make a very nice, decorative piece. This post has a beachy theme which is very fitting as I am at the Florida Gourd Show helping a friend with her booth. I love the beaches that I've been to in Florida and all the shells that I have collected.

For this project you will need:

Proxxon Band Saw
Proxxon Delta Sander
Small nails
Brown paint
Small pieces of driftwood
Small board to cut base out of

The first thing to do on this project is to draw a circle on the wood and cut it out with the band saw. I checked the bottom piece of wood with the width of the candle that I planned to put in it and drew my line accordingly. 

I next sanded the edge of the round wooden piece smooth. I painted the bottom of the gourd with the brown paint and let it dry.

I cut the pieces of driftwood on one end to make them all level on the bottom of the candle holder. I checked as to how the pieces would sit together around the candle and tried placing several different pieces before I came up with ones that would go around the wood bottom and fit.

Next I nailed the driftwood pieces into the bottom side of the circle that I had cut out of wood.

Once everything was in place I took some raffia and wove it in and out of the driftwood pieces and cinched them together along with a little glue. After tying the raffia into a bow, I glued some seashells to the front and voila' my candle holder was finished! Here's the finished look with the candle in it.

Friday, February 23, 2018

How to Make, or Capture a Leprechans Pot of Gold

How to make a Leprechaun's Pot of Gold. 

Using Proxxon Micro Tools makes it easier than chasing rainbows.

Tools required 

Proxxon Jig saw 
Proxxon Micro Sander
Proxxon Rotary tool 
Glue Gun


Small Gourd (for Pot) 
Plaid Folk Art Antique Gold 
Plaid Folk Art Color Shift 5129 Green Flash
Small Shamrocks Stickers ( any craft store)
One bag of Coins (any craft store)
Thin Wire To adhere coins to bowl.
Needle and Floss 
Small block of wood 
Statue or toy of Leprechaun ( Craft or toy store)
Glue Sticks

I used a small gourd that had the top cut off to make a pot shape. Sorry no photo of cutting the top off as I already had a gourd that fit the ticket.

I cleaned the inside of the gourd then I used the Proxxon Delta micro sander to sand the top and inside of the gourd.

Next I painted the outside of the gourd with the Plaid Folk Art 5129 Green Flash.

Outside completed

The inside was painted first with Plaid Folk Art Antique Gold then sprayed with adhesive spray and sprinkled with, what else of course? But Gold glitter.

Next I drilled a very small hole in each of the coins. Using the Proxxon Rotary Tool and glued them together.

Then I drilled small holes in the gourd with the Proxxon Rotary Tool. 

 I pulled wire from the inside of the gourd through the hole to the outside and back to inside. Trimmed the wire and tied it into a knot with pliers. Then I used hot glue to secure the wire, and keep it from poking anyone.

After the coins were hanging from the gourd I used the shamrock stickers to decorate around and in between the coins.

   I had the statue of the Leprechaun I wanted to sit a little higher in the bowl and be stable so i used a small block of wood.  The inside bottom of this gourd had a raised area that kept things from sitting level so I used a spade bit to hollow out a spot on the block bottom to fit over the raised area and filled it with hot glue. I placed the hollow part of the block  over that bump in the gourd, let it dry and then glued the Leprechaun to the wood block.

It is secure now. 

Now the filling of the inside of the bowl:   With Green shredded paper I filled the bowl almost to the top. Then I added the coins around the Leprechaun and this is what the finished product looks like.

Many thanks and much gratitude to Proxxon and Plaid for the sponsorship
of this blog. It is the friends and followers who support this blog as well, that make this possible. 
I hope you enjoy this post the little leprechaun was fun to do.
I was pleased with his cute self.
Have fun enjoy life.  
This is a original and feel free to use it or its idea on your projects.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mixed Media Sign

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here with a new mixed media project using the Delta Sander,  the Bench Drill Press, and assorted colors of Plaid Paints.

Start by lightly sanding the panel, then add tape to the edges to avoid painting the bark.  Use molding paste through a Plaid stencil. Allow the stencils to dry.

Glue a selection of chipboard, floral, clay and metal elements to the panel.

Paint the entire panel and all elements with black gesso.

Once dry, add metallic paints to selective elements.

 Using Plaid Color Shift paints, add color to the panel.

 Once the panel is completely dry, spray Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist over the panel.

Stamp around the panel with a script stamp using black ink.  Stamp dots and numbers randomly about the panel.

Add metal clocks to finish.

Use the Bench Drill Press, to drill holes in the panel.

Add twine to hang the panel.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

How to Make a Hanging Picture Display Frame

I love using unique frames to display pictures of family. You're sure to enjoy creating this eye-catching display frame.

Supplies and Equipment for Making the Display Frame

Instructions for Making the Display Frame

  1. Mark measurements on the piece of ¼" MDF and on the 1/16" wood. You will need one 8" x 5½" piece, and two 5½" x ¾" strips.
  2. Use the band saw to cut these pieces.
  3. Select the pattern for the scroll top of your frame. I've included both a solid and openwork pattern for the frame top.  
  4. Mount the pattern onto your selected substrate. Cover the substrate with painter's tape; spray the back of the pattern with removable adhesive; place the pattern on the substrate. The adhesive holds the pattern in place, and the painter's tape makes for easy removal.
  5. Use the scroll saw to cut the top of the frame.
  6. Sand the strips and sides of frame using the disc sander.
  7. Glue and clamp the 1/16" spacers to the back of the frame cross strips.
  8. When the glue is thoroughly dry, paint the cross strips. Paint the frame piece, and optionally, decorate with stamped or painted images.
  9. Decision time!! Decide if you want to display your photos in portrait or landscape orientation.
  10. Landscape orientation
    Portrait orientation
  11. Position the cross strips according to your display choice, and glue and clamp them in place. I place a piece of scrap paper between the clamp and the cross strip to protect the paint.
  12. Enjoy displaying your favorite photos in this unique picture frame.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Simple wood butterflies

February...and, the butterflies are nowhere to be found, and I miss them!!  I suspect they are all sunning themselves down south, not thinking of us at all, while we endure the cold. Oh well.... who needs them anyway, We can make our own.

This is a really, really, easy project, and it was fun too! 
After pruning some trees, I again find myself with lots of  "material" to work with.

Here is what we will need.

Equipment and Materials 

1- Yard scraps- I used limbs with diameters of 1"-2"
pine needles

2- A proxxon tool  -your choice of -
(any and all of these work for this but I found the bandsaw easiest to use)

4- Glue gun and glue sticks

So lets begin... 

First thing I did after gathering my scraps was to cut some very thin slices which I will use as "wings"   I cut them on an angle (about 30 degrees)  so they would be a little more oblong or "butterflywing" shape. What's neat too is that as they dry they curve a little bit. 

                                                                         table saw                                                                             band saw

I sanded them smooth using the proxxon OZI/E detail sander

Next I chose a twig that had a little "V" shape.   This just made it easier to glue on the bigger upper wings.  I placed a dab of hot glue and stuck on the top wings

Next, (bet you couldn't guess), I glued the bottom wings to the twig.

 I snipped off the extra twig pieces, then added another twig piece for the body, again using the hot glue to secure.   Careful, that glue gets HOT. 


Pine needles make great antennae!
just a dab of glue to the back, slap them on and cut them to size.  


All done!

Now stick them everywhere!      They make great refrigerator magnets, or put a bunch on a little branch for a centerpiece.  

Have fun with them! 

Thanks for visiting.                Catch ya next time  
                                                     (don't make me have to use my butterfly net!)