Friday, March 24, 2017

A Ship, A Ship, Made with the help of my Proxxon Tools!

If you read my last post you would know that I am using my Proxxon Tools to create a ship on a gourd. I got about halfway finished in the last post and have been working diligently on the rest of the steps to completion.

Items used in this project are:
Proxxon Jigsaw
Proxxon Delta Sander
Proxxon Rotary Tool
Alcohol Inks
Colored Pencils
Stick and Burn (for wood burning)
Wood burner
Acrylic Paint & Brushes

As you may remember from the last post, I had finished the wood burning and had cleaned the gourd up in preparation to finishing it. Well the next step in the process was to use my Proxxon Rotary Tool and stipple around the ship. I used a ball burr and it took a very long time with rests occasionally to complete this step.
It's basically just making dots in a random order on the gourd to create a different effect on the surface of the gourd.

Once the stippling was finished, it was time to paint the picture, so to speak. I used acrylic paints and alcohol inks to color the gourd. The background is done in alcohol inks.

I then cut a gourd, cleaned it out completely and covered it with hemp rope to use for the base,

I think it set off the ship, don't you?

I'm really impressed myself with the wonderful job that my Proxxon Tools did with this project. I'm also happy with the way this project turned out all together. Why don't you take a look over at the Proxxon Tool Company and see if you don't want to order one of these amazing tools for yourself.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Inspirational Necklace "When Doors Open" By Sherri Welser and Proxxon Tools!

Inspirational Necklace "When Doors Open"

Create this beautiful inspirational necklace by using Proxxon Tools!

Wearing inspirational pieces always helps to reinforce that feeling of joy and hope. In this necklace I used a metal embosser ( Vintaj  Big Kick) to get the lovely texture on the  copper metal pieces and the  Proxxon Bench Drill Press TBM 115  . I have had these 2  metal door pieces for awhile and was waiting for the right project to use them. Below please find the supply list and instructions!

~Supply List~
Proxxon Bench Drill Press TMB 115
Vintaj Big Kick
Rose patterned embossing folder
2 copper metal "door" pieces
Verdigris paint
Brass or copper wire ( 24 gauge) about 6 " long
Seed beads 8/0 or 15/0
WeldBond adhesive
Type setting  paper word phrases or letters 
jump ring~ 6mm
Copper or brass chain ~Approx 24" long
Lobster claw closure ( copper)\
Small copper piece for "window
Small metal clip

I began with the copper metal doors and even though there were holes, they wernt big enough for attaching the wire and still being able to open the doors freely. 
1) Paint the verdigris paint on the front of the door and the small square metal piece~ let dry
2) Set up the Big Kick and place your metal door and window pieces in between the folder and pass through the Big kick to create the  embossed pattern.

3) Re-drill the holes a bit larger with the Proxxon Bench Press in both doors

4) Cut to size the words for the inside of the door

  5) Glue in place with the WeldBond

6) Next glue the small "window" piece to the front of the door and secure tightly to dry with a clip

7) To connect the front to the back doors take your 24 gauge wire and put it through the first hole from back to front 

8) Add several seed beads and twist the wires together.

9) Weave through the bottom wire , adding beads and twisting for a fun effect. Making sure you can still open and close the doors.

10) Attach the chain by adding the jump ring to the door and then putting the chain through the jump ring.

The door may tend to open so if you want add a tiny piece of velcro or something similar to keep the door closed until you want it to open.
Have fun Creating!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How to Make Adorable Easter Bunnies with Proxxon Tools

I think Easter bunnies are just the cutest things every!! I love to decoration with them. You'll have fun creating these adorable Easter bunnies made with Proxxon tools.

Supplies that you'll need:

Proxxon tools used:


I began by laying out the patterns for the bunnies on a large sheet of MDF.

Then, I used the table saw to cut the large sheet into four smaller, more manageable sizes.

I adhered a pattern to each of the four squares. Cover the surface of the MDF with painter's tape, then spray the back of the pattern with spray adhesive, and put that on top of the painter's tape. The spray adhesive holds the pattern in place, and the painter's tape makes for easy removal.

Next, to the scroll saw to cut out each bunny.

The scroll saw cut so smoothly that there was no need for sanding, so I moved right on to painting each bunny using FolkArt Milk Paints by Plaid Enterprises.

While the paints were drying I made a bow for each bunny. I cut the ribbons with the Thermocut. The hot wire cuts the ribbon and at the same time seals the cut ends to eliminate fraying. You can see the wire glowing red hot.

I used a variety of ribbon scraps and the Mini Bowdabra to make these bows. Now I'm ready to decorate for Easter!!


Friday, March 17, 2017

Butterflies and Flowers Wall Hanging

Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here and I'm hoping and wishing for Sping.  With the new snowfall we recently got and with more on the way, I wanted to create a wall hanging that would have me thinking of Spring all the time.

I used the Delta Sander to sand a wood plaque I had in my stash.

Next, I added color to the plaque using Plaid Folk Art Ultra Dyes in Emerald City and Turquoise, blending the colors with a baby wipe.  I love how the dyes allowed the wood grain to remain visible after painting with Plaid Folk Art Ultra Dyes.  Originally I placed painters tape around the edges so the colors didn't run over the edges, but I decided to add the same colors around the edges after all.

Using Joy Clair stamps, I stamped a flock of butterflies on the left side of the plaque in black ink.  Then I used molding paste through several different stencils about the plaque.

Once the molding paste dried, I added some large flowers to the corner.  Then I added some butterflies created with Makin's Clay.

Finally I spritzed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for some splotches of color.

The words are also stenciled on the plaque with molding paste.

Have I gotten you in the Spring mood yet? 

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Ship, A Ship! Made with the help of Proxxon Tools!

I got started out on this terrific project with my Proxxon Tools and realized that it would have to be a two part project as it was going to take me longer than I thought to finish.

Items used in this project are: 
Proxxon Jigsaw
Proxxon Delta Sander
Proxxon Rotary Tool
Alcohol Inks
Colored Pencils
Stick and Burn (for wood burning)
Wood burner
Acrylic Paint & Brushes

I started out with a rather large gourd and cut the top out of it with my Proxxon Jigsaw and cleaned the insides.

After I had cleaned the inside of the gourd I sanded it down smooth as much as possible with my Proxxon Delta Sander. Once the inside was cleaned and painted, I put a Stick and Burn (stick and burn is a product that has wood burning pictures printed on it, that can be wood burned through) ship that I had printed on a blank piece of it and smoothed it out. When I got that done I wood burned the ship's outline and then filled in the shading.

After your wood burning is finished ( and I must say it takes quite a while) you must peel off all of the Stick and Burn and wash the area thoroughly.

(I wasn't sure which one of these pictures was the better one so you got both of them.) Now all of the wood burning is finished, you are looking at the half completed project. Stay tuned for the completion of this piece! (I think you're going to like it!)


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Easter Egg Nail Art

Hello friends. Larissa here with you today with a super fun project. I have seen nail art all over and have been wanting to try it. Since I am starting to get ready to decorate for Easter I decided I would try it. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and it was tons of fun. I want to hammer nails into everything now. :)

Supplies you will need: 
Proxxon Tools Scroll Saw
Piece of wood
Embroidery Thread

I used the Scroll Saw to cut my wood the size I wanted it. The wood was already smooth but if you needed to you could smooth the edges with a piece of sand paper.

With a pencil I lightly drew the image of the egg I wanted on the wood. 
I began hammering the nails around the egg.

Once I was done and all the nails were in the wood I took my Embroidery Thread and wrapped it around each nail back and forth.

Once I had the desired pattern I tied off the thread in a small knot around one of the nails.
This one was left unpainted as I am going for a more natural chic look for my mantel this year. But think of the colors you could use both paint and thread. And thing of the nail art projects. Go raid your hubbies workshop and grab and hammer and some nails and get to pounding. 

Hope you enjoyed my post today.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Vintage Style Leather Embossed Necklace~DT project for Proxxon

~Enjoy The Journey~ 

Designing with  words is something very meaningful to me and creating this leather embossed vintage style necklace with the word Journey... says it all. Many times the "journey" gets lost as we strive for your destination. This necklace is the perfect affirmation to remember on a daily basis and to enjoy the journey!


Embossed leather scraps
Metal word plate
5  8-10 mm jump rings
4 crystal charms
WeldBond Glue
24-26" chain

1) Cut 2 rectangle pieces from the embossed leather and glue together with WeldBond glue

 2) Attach the metal word word piece with the WeldBond Glue and clamp down for a good seal

 3) Using the Drill Press drill in 5 holes.. one at the top and 4 at the bottom edge

4) Attach the 5 jump rings ( 4 on bottom one on top)

5) Attach the 4 crystal drops to the bottom jump rings
6) Attach the toggle/clasp to the chain and add the leather focal.
Your special necklace is now ready to wear!