Wire Jig Tree Ornaments
Bead and Wire Ornaments
In search of a quick wire ornament for the holidays? Have a wire jig handy? Then give this simple design a try.
It’s a wire and bead tree-shaped ornament in two styles: loops on the inside or loops on the outside. Hang beads on the loops for instant mini decorations.
The wire is basic 18 gauge craft wire found in most craft supply stores, and it comes in a rainbow of colors. The color used here is magenta. Other tools you need are round nose pliers, wire cutters and headpins for adding the beads.
See this article I wrote at eHow.com for detailed directions.
Wire wrapped on a jig.
Faster, easier, and less expensive to accomplish, faux stitching adds charm to paper crafts. Accomplish this simple effect with the following steps:
• serrated tracing wheel
• gel pen, markers, pens
• soft surface (mouse pad, etc)
Step 1: Create Holes Using tracing wheel, create your holes where you want your stitching to be. Suggestion: trace around the border of your paper.
A clear 6 inch ruler works well as a guide. Be sure to press hard enough to create the holes. This is why a cutting matt will not work, you need a softer surface to create the holes.
Step 2: Faux Stitch Using gel pen or marker of your choice, “connect the dots”. Keep the ruler in place and simply draw a line.
Close up of “stitches”
Viola! Super simple, yet effective!