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What would Valentine's Day be without some Cupids?
Recycle some of your old, red glass Christmas balls into some charming and romantic Valentine decorations. We put our ornament on a mirrored stand, but you could also nestle some of them in a heart shaped wreath with roses or in a glass compote bowl full of fragrant rose petals!
- #70-9001 Sand Etch kit
- #21-1630 Over N Over Valentine stencil sheet
- #21-1632 Over N Over Mother/Fathers Day stencil sheet
- #08-9415 Masking tape
- #08-9999 Gloves
- Red glass Christmas ball
- #29-2542 Mirrored Ornament Stand
- Sticky notes
- #08-9777 Scissors
- Soft paper towels
- 9oz paper cup or old small, round container that would support the ornament ball from rolling around while your working with it. (Since I work with many round pieces, I use a 4"x4"x1 ½" piece of Styrofoam packaging glued to a paper plate and gouged out in the middle-it has been very handy for supporting round items while applying stencils or decorating afterwards, including wine glasses)
Please Note: Glass Christmas balls are very fragile and vulnerable to breakage and scratching. Handle them gently and with great care. Do not apply the stencils until you are ready to etch them. Do not use masking tape directly on the ball or the adhesive may pull off the color when removed. Do not allow children to handle the glass balls.
- Gently wipe Christmas ball with a dampened paper towel. Do not rub hard or the color may get scratched or rubbed off.
- To keep your ornament ball from rolling around while your working on it, cut a 9oz paper cup 1" from the top. Apply masking tape along the cut rim so it won't scratch the ball. Nestle the ornament ball in the cup (or see above for my re-usable idea)
- Remove the cupid facing right from the Valentine stencil sheet #21-1630 and center in the middle of the ball. NOTE: Do not apply stencils until you are ready to etch them right away. The adhesive gets more aggressive as it sits on the glass and may marr the tint when removed if it sits there too long.
- Take the medium size heart from stencil sheet #21-1632 and place it to the right of the cupid at mid-level (around the cupids belly). Overlap the edges of the two stencils.
- Apply the left facing cupid to the right of the heart, overlapping the edges of each stencil so there is no gaps. The two cupids should be facing each other with the heart nestled between them.
- Take four sticky notes and cut them in half vertically so you have a strip of sticky at one end of each strip. Take one of the sticky strips and apply it onto the long edge of each cupid stencil (along their backsides) and secure with a piece of masking tape if needed. Don't let any masking tape touch the surface of the ball in the process.
- Continue to apply 1" strips of sticky notes to the tops and bottom edges of each individual stencil, overlapping them onto the outer stencil material and letting the layers of paper overlap each other like shingles. Fill in any gaps with additional strips of sticky notes if needed, creating a shield around the entire group of stencils to act as a mask. Secure the loose side edges of the sticky strips to each other with pieces of masking tape so the air and sand won't lift any of the strips, allowing sand to touch the ball. If the sticky edge of the note paper won't stick too well to the stencils, apply some strips of masking tape cut in half lengthwise to hold it to the stencil material. All the sticky edges should be secure enough that they won't lift or pop up during the sand etching.
- Put a glove on the hand you will be using to hold the ball during etching.
- Cradle the ball in your gloved hand. Etch the stencils with your Sand Etch unit. You only need to briefly blow sand over the stencils, just long enough for the red tint to disappear from inside the stencil area and a frosted silver area appears. See the video on how to use the Sand Etch kit or click her for SAND ETCH
- Blow off the loose sand and dust from the paper and stencils (a hairdryer on low works good for this). First gently remove the sticky notes from the stencil material, next gently coax the stencils off the ball by peeling up the corners and working toward the middle.
- Once all the stencils are removed from the ball, blow off as much of the remaining dust as you can. Rinse the ball under running water without touching it (hold the ball by the cap). Avoid letting any water get inside the ball. Lay a piece of paper towel pushed down in the paper cup you used earlier and sit the ornament in it to dry.
Isn't that a cute project?
Happy Valentine's Day!