Friday, February 24, 2017

Using my new Proxxon Scroll Saw to make a brooch

I recently received a new Proxxon Scroll Saw DSH/E and decided to make myself a brooch for St. Patrick's Day.

Here are the items used in this project:

Proxxon Scroll Saw DSH/E
Plaid FolkArt Dye
Stipples Fabric Paint in Gold
Spare piece of sandpaper
Pin Back
Hot Glue gun

To begin with, I have never used a scroll saw and consequently had to make a few try out pieces first. I did finally get the hang of it though. I started out by making a pattern and tracing it unto a spare piece of board that my husband had laying around.

Next time I will get my own wood to work with and use a little bit bigger piece. I used the spiral cut blade and like how I was able to back up and move around.
Once I got the piece all cut out, I used a small piece of sandpaper to smooth out any little bits of the edges that needed it. I was so surprised at how little sanding had to be done. Smooth work!
I didn't have the right color of green that I liked so I mixed two of the Plaid Dyes together to get the color that I wanted. Plaid has some beautiful dyes that can be used on a myriad of things, from wood to gourds! Very vibrant colors and they are water based so they are an easier clean up than most dyes.
I colored my shamrock with the dye and let it dry. Once it was dry, I used the stickles paint to dot around the edge to give it a little more of a blinged up look and attached the back with some hot glue.
This was a very easy project once I got the hang of the Proxxon Scroll Saw DSH/E. It's surprising how easy the machine was to work with and I'll be using it a lot more in the future. The brain has already come up with other projects now that I know I can do them. Don't be afraid to try this terrific tool.


How to make a cute St Patrick's Day Wooded Wreath

Hello friends. I am here today to show you how I created this cute little wooden St Patrick's Day wreath. This is a some what easy project if you have the right tools.

I started off cutting the wreath out of a thin piece of wood. I used the amazing Proxxon Scroll Saw DSH/E for this. I used a a green marker to draw the outline of the wreath on the wood first and then followed the outline to cut it out. Ok I will admit as I did not take pictures of this but this was my 2nd try. The first one was a little jagged and not what I wanted. That is the beauty of doing this kind of projects you can always do it over. :)
For the middle circle you can use a router to cut it out.  I didn't need to do this because the wood was smooth but if there are any rough edges make sure to sand them.

I grabbed a few different paints for this project. I didn't want a deep green so after digging through my stash I came up with a Milk Paint and Dye. I also used a Gel Medium to add a little more to the paint.  
Because this was a light colored paint I gave this little wreath three coats to cover it completely. 

After it was completely dry I added a few embellishments. These Shamrocks and Letters can be picked up and your local craft store. 
I placed the letters and shamrocks around the wreath. 

I am loving the way this little thing came out. It is perfect to use inside or out from year to year. 
What do you think?

Supplies Used:
Proxxon Scroll Saw DSH/E
Thin piece of ply wood
Embellishments (Letters and Shamrocks) 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Vintage Treasures"~ Design Team Project for Proxxon Tools by Sherri Welser

 "Vintage Treasures"

Embellish your Vintage family photos and show them off with some fun adornments and Proxxon's Drill Press! I absolutely love all things vintage / jewelry and when I saw these beautiful cabinet cards in an antique store I knew I had to find a way to honor them and bring them back to "life".
Below I have included the supplies and instructions for creating your very own Vintage Treasure!

4 x 6 Vintage Cabinet Card ( these are the heavy card stock mounted photos)
Metal ,glass bead,charms and trinkets
Flat circular metal pieces for the outsides of the holes,buttons ect
Epoxy resin ,vintage ephemera, bezels  ect if you would like to create your own bezels
Weldbond Glue
Jump rings
Metal connectors for hanging
 Vintage style Paper flower

 1) Gather all your trinkets and charms and decide where you would like them to fall on the chains. 

2)Cut your chain to desired length and cut at different intervals to create visual interest. 4 lengths in all
3) Mark where you would like the holes to be at the bottom of the photo and drill holes using the Drill press.  The drill press works well because of the stiffness of the card stock.
4) Take the circular metal pieces and place on top of the holes making sure the hole you just made and the hole in the metal line up. Glue metal pieces on using the Weldbond.

5) Attach jump rings to  the holes in the bottom of the photo here and to connect the chain where you have a break adding in the embellishments. This way you can connect the items together to hang down.

6) Add the charms, bezels and fun items on the chains having them fall at different lengths.
**To create your own bezel it is very easy by using a blank bezel , measuring paper ephemera to fit inside the bezel, gluing that down and then adding the epoxy resin over and let cure about 24 hrs

7) Using the metal connectors glue onto the top  of each corner of the photo with the ring end up.
8) Using a jump ring on each side attach the beaded chain to create a "hanger"
9) Attach a paper flower in the middle for added visual interest with the Weldbond Glue

I hope you have enjoyed this fun and creative way to add new life to old Vintage Photos!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Make This Puzzle to Challenge Your Wits

Puzzles are fun for me. I've loved them since I was a kid. This easy-to-make puzzle will definitely challenge your wits!

Supplies and Tools You'll Need

I began by attaching the patterns for the base and top of the puzzle to the MDF using the instructions that I gave in the business card holder post.

Pattern for the puzzle frame and pieces applied to ¼" board
Pattern for the puzzle base applied to ½" board
Next, I took these pieces to the scroll saw to cut out. I first cut the outer perimeter of each piece.

After completing the exterior cuts on the top piece—the puzzle frame and pieces—I used the Proxxon Professional Rotary Tool to drill a pilot hole in the top grey triangle. When cutting interior spaces, the saw blade is passed through this pilot hole so cutting can be completed.

Continue cutting the interior pieces, following the pattern. The grey areas on the pattern will be discarded; the colored areas are the puzzle pieces. 

Align the base and the top frame, and glue together. When the glue is dry use the Proxxon Delta Sander to smooth any rough or uneven edges. MDF requires minimal sanding, so you might not even need to sand the puzzle pieces. Paint the base/frame and the puzzle pieces with acrylic paints.

Now, challenge your friends to see if they can put the pieces back into the frame.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Keep Calm and Garden Wood Sign

Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here with a sign that screams of spring.  We have had our fill of snow so it's time to think spring with sunshine and flowers.

I began by sanding a wood sign with the Delta Sander.

Next I painted the sign with Plaid Folk Art Ultra Dye in Infra Red.  This dye brushes on so smoothly and easily.

Once dry, I sanded it again to get a more rustic look.
Next, I created a vase from a paper towel tube using Transparent Paverpol.  Once dry, I painted it with Plaid Folk Art Milk Paint in Jamestown Blue.
Next, I used the Delta Jigsaw to cut and clean up the edges of the "vase".
Finally, I added some May Arts ribbon to the top and bottom of the "vase" and adhered it to the sign.
I created words from left over chipboard letters then randomly stamped flowers from the Joy Clair Stamp set, Paisley Bouquet,  around the sign. 
A butterfly, created from Rinea Foils, was added atop the vase.  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists were sprayed over the sign to add a little shimmer as the finishing touch.

There is nothing better than seeing the flowers bloom after a long, cold winter.  And this sign is sure to remind me that spring is not far away.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift made with the help of Proxxon Tools

I find that my Proxxon Tools are becoming the only tools I use other than my wood burners when I'm working on gourds. Today I want to show you a Valentine's gourd that I made. Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner (like next week) I thought I would show you one last Valentine gourd. This gourd can be used year 'round though.

Supplies Needed:

Proxxon Jigsaw
Proxxon Delta Sander
Proxxon Rotary Tool
Wood burner of choice
Red Ink
Gold Acrylic Paint
Black acrylic paint
Piece of soft cloth to apply ink with
Alcohol Ink (Honeycomb)
Gold Metallic Mixative

Here's what the gourd looked like after it was cleaned on the outside. I drew a circle around the top, made a starter hole for the saw blade to be inserted into and cut a hole around the top.
This is what it looked like after the top was cut out. Pretty thick isn't it? That's gourd dust on the outside of the gourd and that's the insides of this gourd. Once I had the insides cleaned out, I painted the inside of the gourd with black acrylic paint and let that dry over night. I then put my pattern on my gourd and wood burned it. Once it was wood burned, I cleaned it and painted the celtic heart with red alcohol ink.
I then used my rotary tool and a round burr and stippled the inside of the heart. Once that was done, I painted the stippling with gold acrylic paint and used honeycomb alcohol ink to color the gourd and made a gold sheen over it with the gold mixative.
This is the finished result and in my opinion it would work well for year 'round but especially at Valentines! How do you like it? I have to say my Proxxon Tools are wonderful to work with and you should try them too.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day Wreath

Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here today with a wreath just in time for Valentine's Day.

I found this wood wreath just sitting on a shelf and knew it would make a great Valentine's Day project.  I began by sanding the wreath and hearts with the Delta Sander.  I love the shape of the sander and the fact that I can get into the tiniest of areas.  I easily sanded the edges around the heart.

Once the wreath was sanded, I used Plaid Folk Art Ultra Dye in Infra Red to paint the hearts.  Once dry, I used the Delta Sander again to distress the hearts a bit.

I marked off the hearts then painted the wreath with Plaid Folk Art Milk Paint in Jamestown Blue.  I love the contrast of colors.

Using the Professional Rotary Tool, I sanded a metal embellishment to distress it.

Next, I used the Cotton Polishing Disc to buff up the metal embellishment before continuing.

Then I used Plaid Folk Art Milk Paint in Winter Harbor to paint the metal embellishment.  Distressing the embellishment with the Professional Rotary Tool allowed the paint to easily adhere to the embellishment. 

Next, I spritzed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist on the embellishment before adding it to the wreath.
I embellished each wood heart with assorted rub-ons, then used the Cotton Polishing Disc to help burnish the rub-ons in place.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Thanks for stopping by today.