#CIJParty – Making A Skinny Copper Dangle Bangle

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good evening! Thank you for joining us for the seventh class today. Lindsay from ShrimpSaladCircus – is a talented lovely lady who has many talents! She has a wide variety of interests. She shares her life and tutorials on her ShrimpSaladCircus blog. Lindsay shares with us how to make a skinny copper dangle bangle.

  • Introduction
    Merry Christmas in July, friends! I’m Lindsay, the crazy cat lady behind Shrimp Salad Circus! Today I want to show you how to create a simple, rustic hammered copper bracelet in just a few easy steps. Once you’ve got the basic idea down, you can make a ton of variations!
  • Materials Used
    Thick copper wire
    Wire cutter pliers
    Heavy Hammer
    Bench block (or very dense, hard surface)
    Bracelet mandrel
  • Tutorial Directions
    SS2Cut a length of the copper wire. You can use a bangle you already own as a guide to know how much to cut.With an end centered over the bench block, hammer it like crazy on both sides until it’s almost completely flat. Hammer the very ends super flat, and then less and less toward the center. Only hammer the first half-inch, and then repeat on the other end.
  • Then

    I used a steel bracelet mandrel to shape the wire into a bracelet. They come in round or oval, but I prefer oval because it fits the natural curve of the wrist. Keep one of your hammered ends center under the mandrel, and then slowly twist the wire around the entire way.

  • Next

    Beginning just after the first hammered end, lightly tap the wire onto the mandrel. Try not to re-hammer the ends, or they could become brittle and snap off. Make your way all the way around once, and then you can repeat the process as many times as you like to achieve the level of hammered finish you want. I share a picture in this post of the difference between “lightly hammered” and “hammered like crazy.”

    Making A Skinny Copper Dangle Bangle on ShrimpSaladCircus

  • Conclusion
    That’s all there is to it! Once you’ve hammered it onto the mandrel, you can slide it off and wear it! Now that you know how to make a basic bangle, you can add twists, bends, beads, and charms! Take a peek at this tutorial to see how I used the basic bangle template to create this earthy beauty:SS5
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#CIJParty – Making Holiday Reindeer Pine Cone Ornaments

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good afternoon! Thank you for joining us for the sixth class today. Beth from  – frombeths found her love for crafting from her mom and now she shares it with her children! Beth shares with us how to make a holiday reindeer pine cone ornament.

  • Introduction
    Agh the Holiday time. So many fun and beautiful handcrafted things to make and do! This is a great little handmade pine cone ornament craft that you can so easily make with the special little one’s in your world. Let that imagination run free with pine cones – here’s what we came up with.
  • Materials Used
    1. Pine cones from the Yard!
    2. Glitter Pens in Various Colors
    3. Carpet Cleaners in Various Colors
    4. Little Pom Pom Balls in Various Colors
    5. Sticks from Around the Yard
    6. Leaves from Around the Yard
    7. Googlie Eyes
  • Step 1
    Using a little Glue ( Elmers or Glue Stick) Add Some Silly Googlie Eyes to your ReindeerB2
  • Step 2
    Once those Eyeballs on are there good. Grab a fun Colored Pom Pom for your Reindeer Nose
  • Steps 3 and 4
    Time for some fun Antlers. These can be made with sticks from yard ( very rustic and cute) OR you can also use carpet cleaners and bend them in fun shapes. Then find a snug little spot on each side of your pinecone to slide them in and add a little glue.Reindeer like to be able to hear so grab some nice little leaves from the yard and walla! Reindeer Ears!B4
  • Steps 5 and 6
    Make a Hanger by taking two pipe cleaners and twisting them around one another ( like a candy cane spiral) and connect them to either side of the Pine Cone with a good Twist!GLAM! Get out those kid friendly glitter pens and add some pizzazz to your handcrafted reindeer pine cone ornament.B5

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Thanks for stopping by for Beth’s holiday reindeer pine cone ornament class! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.

#CIJParty – Making Origami Star Garland

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good afternoon! Thank you for joining us for the fifth class today. Megha from byTheArtBug – was bitten by “The Art Bug” as a young girl! Hence her business name! Honestly this class has me focused – she makes it look so easy! To make this Megha shares with us how to make origami star garland.

  • Introduction
    These are so easy to make and they look so cute and fun! I made about 200 stars big + Small, and got two 12 ft garlands! I Made the stars while watching TV!With these you cam make garlands, ornaments or just fill them up in jars. Use patterned paper to get different types of designs on them.
  • Materials Used
    – Strips of Colored Paper (I used 1.5 cm X 28 cm strip cut from A4 size colored paper and half the width for small stars). You can use any type of colored, shiny paper. If it is too thick take small strips and if thin long strips of paper.
    – Scissors
    – Twine or thread
  • Tutorial Directions
    Make a knot in the strip like this, turn around and fold the small flap in cit the excess strip.S1S2
  • Next Step
    Turn around and start folding over the strip maintaining the pentagon shape.S3S4
  • Then
    Keep folding till the strip finishes.S5S6S7S8
  • Easy For Megha To Do
    In the end, fold the small flap in and cut off if there is any extra paper left.S9S10
  • Focus
    Hold it and pinch, it will automatically pop, shape all the sides.S11S12
  • We’re Almost There
    Here is your Star!S13S14
  • Conclusion
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Thanks for stopping by for Megha”s origami star garland class! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.

#CIJParty – Making Locket Sugar Cookies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good afternoon! Thank you for joining us for the fourth class today. You met Kim from peachesandpebbles this morning! Now it is time for an afternoon cookie break – these locket sugar cookies look amazing! I can only imagine how good they taste! Kim shares with us how to make locket sugar cookies.

  • Introduction
    LSC1These locket sugar cookies make amazing gifts for anyone you love, any time of the year! Play around with shapes to suit the occasion! Snowmen filled with white chocolate chips would work wonders at Christmas!
  • Materials Used
    For the biscuits:
    100g softened butter
    100g sugar
    1 small egg
    1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or other flavouring
    175g plain flour
    1 teaspoon of baking powderFor the locketyness:
    100g isomalt
    2 different sized heart shaped cookie cutters
    Chocolate or sweets to fill them with (I used mini Smarties)
    Buttercream or royal icing
    Royal icing as glue
    Icing nozzle and piping bag
    Heat-proof silicone mat or similar, make sure it’s smooth on both sides to prevent it from lifting up.
  • Tutorial Directions
    1) Cream together the softened butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla, and then add the flour and baking powder a little at a time. If the mixture becomes too thick, knead it by hand. Add more flour if the mixture seems too wet.
  • Step 2
    2) Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180 C/350 F and roll out dough onto a floured surface. Cut out large hearts in multiples of three. Cut a smaller heart out of the middle of two from of every three cookies so that you have one full heart and two hollow hearts (this will make one biscuit). Continue until you use up all your dough. You can either reroll the smaller hearts or keep them as little heart cookies.
  • Step 3
    3) Transfer the cookies onto a floured baking sheet and bake for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Step 4
    4) When baked, remove from oven and allow to cool and harden before removing from the tray, then transfer to baking sheet.
  • Step 5
    LSC25) When the cookies are fully cooled, stack them up – full heart on the bottom, then two hollow hearts on top. Take the top heart and put it on the silicone mat. You can use a bit of royal icing to keep the cookie fixed down in place if you’re concerned, but out of the six cookies I made, none of them slipped at all. Make sure that the flattest side of the cookie is facing downwards, but note that the flattest side is likely to be facing upwards when your biscuits have been put together.
  • Step 6
    LSC36) I only used about 50g of isomalt, so I had 50g left over just in case. Melt your isomalt in a heat-proof jug, following the instructions on the packet. Do not underestimate the temperature of the isomalt. It is seriously hot. I melted it for a total of 1 minute (30 seconds, 15 seconds, 15 seconds) in a pryex jug. The jug was barely warm when the isomalt had completely melted, but I got the tiniest splash of it on my hand when removing the toothpick I used to stir it and it hurt like hell. Unlike hard candy mixtures, the sugar doesn’t harden too quickly, so you have about 5 minutes to work with it in the jug. If you want to add colour or flavour, do it now. Adding it before the mixture has fully melted will cause the flavour to dissipate in the heat, so it’s best to add both of them once it’s been fully melted as it will begin to cool and the heat will dissipate itself instead.
    Pour the melted isomalt into the centre of the heart cookies. There’s no need to fill it to the brim – the less you put in, the thinner the layer will be, and then the more room you’ll have inside the cookies. Use a toothpick or cocktail stick or something similar to stir the isomalt gently once poured and remove any bubbles – I didn’t do this with my first four and I wish I had. Use the cocktail stick to also push the mixture to the edge of the cookie. The stuff pours more like syrup than like water and it doesn’t necessarily completely fill the area given. On my last cookie, I didn’t do this and there are a few gaps down one side of the heart. Do as I say, not as I do.
  • Step 7
    LSC47) The isomalt can take about 10 minutes to fully set, so while they’re drying, move over to the remaining cookies. Mix up some thick royal icing while you wait and spread it onto the back of the remaining hollow hearts which will be your middle pieces, then stick them down onto their full hearts. These will dry quickly, but that’s not much to worry about anyway. Once they’re all fixed together, add your lockets’ contents. I used mini Smarties, but I didn’t expect to be able to fit in as much as I could. By the time you’ve filled all of your cookies the isomalt will probably be dry. Tap it with a toothpick or cocktail stick to see if it’s hardened, then carefully peel part of the silicone mat away. If it’s not set yet, you’ll know, and you should give it 5 more minutes. If it has set, position the cookies over the top of the candy-filled cookies. Play about with it. Try it upside down (flattest side facing upwards) where the isomalt is also smoothest – it’ll give you more room inside the locket to add a few more pieces of chocolate or sweets – or flip it the other way over so that the isomalt is a little less even, and possibly less tidy, but the cookie may also be smoother and more attractive. It doesn’t really matter, but I chose to put mine on upside down to give a flatter surface and greater interior size.
    Optional: if your isomalt isn’t that clear, add a small drop of vegetable oil, olive oil or whatever you have and rub it over the isomalt’s surface. It’ll clear it up.
  • Step 8
    LSC58) Once you’re satisfied that your isomalt is as clear as it’s going to be, and you’ve figured out which way up your cookies are going and you’ve adequately filled the cookies, use the remaining royal icing to ‘glue’ the glassed pieces down. Unfortunately a few of mine had air bubbles because of the heat, but I’ve found that mixing it once it’s been poured can get rid of them while they’re still wet, but you have to act fast!
  • Step 9
    LSC69) Now it’s time for the decoration. I’m utterly useless at this, I tell you. I’ve only used piping bags a couple of times in the past and I’ve never gotten on well with nozzles or anything. I’m absolutely hopeless with this sort of thing, so you can understand my sheer surprise when I finally finished. By my personal standards, I did an awesome job. I used a Wilton No. 3 nozzle if anyone is interested.
    I used buttercream but didn’t colour it. I had wanted to colour it gold but for some reason I didn’t do it, but I like the lacy filigree effect I’ve got from the vanilla colour, so I’m happy. Royal icing would work just as well, if not better because it will completely harden.
    You can either practise designs on paper, or just wing it. I did the latter, so none of my lockets match, and some are a bit of a mess, but overall I’m happy with it. Be patient and just try it. If you’re not used to doing such a thing, choose the less attractive of your cookies (ones that don’t line up that well or are a little cracked, or have bubbly isomalt and so on) to do first until you get the feel for it.
  • Step 10
    10) You can add more frosting and fill in the gaps between the cookies unless they all have completely straight sides, or you can leave them be. I decided not to push my luck and left it alone.LSC7LSC8
  • I’m so pleased with how these came out, so, so pleased! I’m hopeless at cookies, I swear, so this project had a lot of room to go wrong. First the cookies (half of my first batch broke, but by the end of it I had 6 full cookies), then the isomalt (some still have bubbles in them because I didn’t think to stir them slowly once poured), then the piping (I made some mistakes when I tried to paint buttercream before it had hardened as completely as buttercream can). As you can see, something did go wrong in each stage, but fortunately the problems were either easily fixed, or easily overlooked. It could have gone so much worse, and I’m so pleased with their outcome.
  • If you post my pictures to your own blog or website, please give credit where it’s due. I’m really, really proud of this and I deserve a pat on the back! ABlackBird’sEphiany

Thanks for stopping by for Kim’s locket sugar cookie class! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.

#CIJParty – Making A Handmade Christmas Ornament

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning! Thank you for joining us for the third class today. Tisha from quiltytherapy – has been quilting for over 10 years and it is her passion. She loves to create designs and original works! Tisha shares with us how to make a handmade Christmas ornament.

  • Introduction
    Creating a handmade Christmas ornament can be a nice gift or something to do with the kid’s for the holidays.  Once completed the ornament looks like a Christmas tree.  This project will take less than 30 minutes to complete.
  • Materials Used
    Thread spool (I used vintage ones in my stash)
    Fabric scraps (6″ squares make a good size to go on the thread spool)
    4″ ribbon
    Sewing machine (can be hand sewn too)
    Stuffing (poly stuffing or excess batting)
    Pencil or disappearing ink pen
    Hot glue
  • Tutorial Directions
    Select the spools of thread you want to use and coordinate with fabric squares.?????????????????????????????
  • Tutorial Directions
    Fold the square in half with right sides facing each other.?????????????????????????????
  • Tutorial Directions
    Draw the shape you want.  I chose a U shape.  When marking on fabric I use a disappearing ink pen to mark my lines.  You could use a regular marker as well since you will be leaving a seam allowance and turning the U inside out.?????????????????????????????
  • Tutorial Directions
    At the pin there is a 4″ ribbon loop inserted to hang the ornament.  If making a table top item, the ribbon isn’t necessary.?????????????????????????????
  • Tutorial Directions
    Sew the line you drew and cut a 1/4″ seam allowance outside of the line.?????????????????????????????
  • Tutorial Directions
    Turn the U inside out.  Use scrap batting to stuff U to fill it out.
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  • Tutorial Directions
    Once the U is as full as you like, gather the fabric at the open end.  I folded mine in like a present.?????????????????????????????
  • Tutorial Directions
    Add a dab of hot glue to hold the fabric together.  Once dry add another dab of hot glue and adhere the thread spool over the closure.  Press hard to help it adhere.?????????????????????????????
  • Tutorial Directions
    Hold for a minute or two and there you go.  Hanging Christmas tree inspired Christmas ornaments.
  • Conclusion
    Note:  There are tutorials out there to make this more of light bulb look.  However I tried it and it didn’t look right.  So I flipped the hanging part over and the trees were much better.?????????????????????????????
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Thanks for stopping by for Tisha’s handmade Christmas ornament class! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.

#CIJParty – Making A Glitter Vase

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning! Thank you for joining us for the second class today. Kim from peachesandpebbles – designs innovative jewelry and she is writing a fantasy novel! Kim shares with us how to make a glitter vase.

  • Introduction
     This is a DIY I’ve been meaning to show for quite some time – since Christmas, actually! So I figured that now was a good time to put it up, just in time for the Etsy Christmas In July Craft Party!
    Given my mum’s disability of Multiple Sclerosis, it’s very difficult to know what to get her as a gift, so she usually ends up with things she can look at or wear, and…well, even that is hard. So I decided I’d make her something. Something simple and rubbish, really, but she liked it, as did my dad, and 6 months on it’s still got a central position in the house, so that’s great.
    I also admit that we cheated. My mum likes flowers but, y’know, they die, and when they die there’s nothing to look at, so I bought a fake flower instead. She loves poppies, and roses (hence my late dogs’ names Poppy and Rosie), but she already has a fake rose so I decided to go the poppy route, and coloured the vase to match. She’s always liked black and red, too.GV1
  • Materials Used
    A vase or bottle
    Washi/masking tape
    Mod Podge/glitter paint
    Additional glitter
  • Step 1
    1) Take some of your masking tape and arrange it on the bottle to create a sort of stencil to keep the lines straight. I used washi tape because I couldn’t find my masking tape, just make sure the washi tape sticks down properly, some of them aren’t very tacky and have a tendancy to lift off.
  • Step 2
    GV22) Using your Mod Podge or glitter paint, start filling in the area to be glitterified. The glitter paint I had was extremely disappointing, so I ended up having to use glitter. Work in patches to make sure it doesn’t dry before you get the chance to act. Once you’ve covered a patch, move it over something that will catch the glitter to avoid headaches later and sprinkle glitter over it. This will be relatively thin to start with, but once you’ve gone around it once, leave it to dry and them come back to it and do it again. Once it’s dry, give it another layer of paint or Mod Podge to seal it, but DON’T remove the tape until you’re completely happy with it.
  • Step 3
    GV33) Once you’re satisfied, remove the tape and then add more to work on the other side, but DON’T put any of the tape over the part that’s already been done or you risk pulling some off. You’re just going to have to be careful at the border. Repeat step 2!
  • Step 4
    GV44) Remove the tape once it begins to dry. Don’t leave it on until it’s all completely dried or you risk chipping and peeling it.
  • Conclusion
     Hey presto! A new vase. Have fun cleaning up the glitter you’ve doubtlessly spilt – it happens to the best of us, but you’ll be finding little specks of it on your cheek for days no matter how well you clean it up. Somehow it just finds you…
    I’d love to see the colour schemes and designs anyone else does! Drop me a line and I’ll post a picture you provide me with on the original blog post! ABlackBirdsEpiphany
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Thanks for stopping by for Kim’s glitter vase class! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.

#CIJParty – Making A Hot Cocoa Holder

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning! Welcome to our first class today. We thought it would be fun to start out with Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts – since her shop name has caffeine in it! Jen shares with us how to make a hot cocoa holder.

  • Introduction
    We all find ourselves needing a last-minute gift, stocking stuffer, or add-on to a present at the holidays, and today I have a great one for you – a hot cocoa holder!
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    How cute are these?? A pretty package holding a yummy treat. After all, who doesn’t like a nice, hot cup of cocoa during those cold months. You could easily pair it with a pretty mug or coffee cozy, maybe even coasters!
  • Materials Used
    -your favorite hot cocoa packet
    -adhesive (tape runners work best)
    -mini stapler (I used the Tim Holtz one)
    -seasonal card stock
    -stamps & colored pencils (you can easily use stickers or other embellishments as well)
    -decorative scissors
  • First Step
    Your exact dimensions depend upon the size of your cocoa packet. I built this one so that there was 1/4″ border on the sides and made sure the pocket came up over halfway on the cocoa packet. This leaves room for the mini staples to form the pocket without puncturing the cocoa. Yes, it is a bit messy when that happens…
  • Then
    For the front I simply added some scrapbook paper 1/4″ smaller than my flap. The sentiment and cocoa cup are from an older Fiskars set that I find myself going back to again and again. (No, I don’t remember the name as the packaging disintegrated a while ago.)
  • Final Step
    I finished off the front flap with some decorative scissors. The edge just looks too boring otherwise. The whole project took me maybe 20 minutes, and that included figuring out the measurements.
  • Conclusion
    I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial today. Feel free to stop by my blog if you have any questions! CaffeinatedPapercuts
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Thanks for stopping by for Jen’s hot cocoa holder class! Be sure to check out our full class schedule for today’s Craft Party on our main party post.