Saturday, December 19, 2015

Getting ready for Christmas!

Not much time left... it is beginning to feel like Christmas... vacations have started, the cards are mailed, all the out of town packages have been sent and my napkin rings have been made!  Can't wait to set the table for the big day!
 
 
 Let's see how I made them!   
 
Supplies:
For the Trees
Activa Fast Mache
Container for water
Plastic bag
Paper towels
CornsStarch
Craft mat - protect the table
Snow Pen
Heat Gun
Tacky glue
 
For the Rings
Activa Ridge Wrap
Paper towel Tube
Plastic wrap
Gel Medium

 
For this project I used the Activa Fast Mache  recipe per instructions for pressing in molds: 3 parts Fast Mache to 1 part water.  Pour the ingredients directly into a plastic bag and mix well.  The candy mold was dusted with cornstarch before pressing in the Fast Mache. They were set aside over night, then released from the mold and let dry for another day. 

 
Once completely dried and sanded, prime the trees with Gesso. Paint the trees green... I love the green color I got from mixing a blue and yellow from my Art Anthology Acrylic Paints.

 
Dress the tress with snow using a snow marker, apply heat with a heat gun and the snow puffs up!
 
 
The trees were trimmed with Dew Drops!!

 
Now to make the ring part of the napkin rings! For this project use a paper towel tube for the mold, wrap it with plastic wrap for easy release.  Use two layers of Activa Ridge Wrap for each ring. Wet Ridge Wrap thoroughly in the bowl of warm water, remove excess water.  When applying, rub the Ridge Wrap to help close the plaster holes in the wrap.   Let them dry.  When dry they will easily release from the plastic wrap.
 
 
Paint the inside and out with Gesso and dry. 
 
 
Apply a gel medium on the inside and out, dry.  Apply a second layer of gel medium to the outside of the ring only and sprinkle with Glitter, dry.

 
Over the Glitter apply a thick layer of gel medium to seal the glitter on the ring (don't want any glitter on the plates or in the food).  At first it will look like you have ruined the glitter...
 
JUST WAIT!
Let the last layer of gel medium dry thoroughly
 
Glue the trees to the rings and dry.
 

 
 HERE ARE THE FINISHED NAPKIN RINGS



 
You can even see the sparkle of the glitter on the rings!

 
 It took a while to make these as there is a lot of drying time, but I think it was well worth it.  Can't wait to hear what my guests think of them!
 
This project is also featured on the Activa Website HERE!
 

1 comment:

Beth Niquette said...

How amazing and creative you are! Wow!