Posts Tagged ‘gold’

I’ve always loved making wreaths, and over the last few years I’ve loved displaying them as well. We’re not just talking the ubiquitous Christmas wreath; I mean wreaths for many holidays and every season.

I’ve started going bigger and bolder with my wreath designs, and this has caused unforeseen strife in our household: The wreaths obscure our apartment number on the door.

In a toss-up between decorating our front door and receiving deliveries in a timely fashion, the wreaths lost. As you can see, our spring wreath started out in a lovely position on the door:

Spring/Summer 2015 Wreath

…And as you can also see, our “E” is almost completely hidden. After only a day or two, Peter rotated it nearly 180° and shifted it upward so the “E” was visible again, but the symmetry of the design was lost in that position. Sigh!

Our exterior doors are metal, so when I wasn’t using the upside-down Command hook trick or a proper wreath hanger, I used a heavy-duty magnetic hook. That set off a light bulb in my brain.

Our doors are metal! Why not make a magnetic replacement letter?!

Using my Silhouette Portrait, some Silhouette magnet paper, and a bit of Silhouette matte gold adhesive vinyl, I set to work.

For the first attempt, I found a nice (readable!) script font that attaches each letter — Armonioso — and a serif “E.” I cut the magnet paper and the vinyl separately, then removed the backing paper from both cutouts and did my best to line them up. It wasn’t perfect, but I figured it was good enough:

Close enough!

The “Apartment” text was 6″ wide, and the “E” was a bit more than 2″ tall. Here’s how it looked on the door:

Take 1: Meh.

Meh.

Now that I knew what I was doing (and what I was doing WRONG), I took another stab at it.

First, I tweaked my design in the Silhouette software and made a note of the final cut dimensions. I shortened “Apartment” to “Apt” and made the “E” bigger and bolder and italic-er. I cut a piece of magnet paper and a piece of adhesive vinyl to fit.

Second, I adhered the magnet paper and the vinyl to each other BEFORE sticking them to the cutting mat and running them through the Portrait. (No more mismatched cutouts! That was driving me bonkers!)

By your powers combined... So pretty!!

Here’s the finished product on the door:

Shiny!

Lessons learned:

  • Pre-adhering the magnet paper and vinyl is definitely the way to go. Trying to line two very sticky things up after they’re cut is beyond tedious, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll get a perfect match.
  • The default cut settings for the Silhouette magnet paper are Blade 6, Speed 1 (lowest), Thickness 33 (highest), Double Cut on. I recommend bumping the blade up to 7 or 8. The magnet paper is very soft and will easily tear if you haven’t cut deep enough and aren’t careful while weeding. I used the default settings and was just able to very delicately extract the cut shapes.
  • When editing your text in the Silhouette software, make sure to Modify > Weld to make your script letters all one word shape, and Modify > Crop to make sure your cut dimensions aren’t including any buffer areas around the letters. This will also ensure a more accurate measurement when resizing your shapes.

Before Crop After Crop

This was a fun project, and hopefully it will help save others’ sanity when it comes to holiday — or everyday — decorating. 🙂

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Week 3: Lion

Added some gold accents to the central wood ring in my Week 3 project. NOW it’s finished!

Week 3 Result Update Week 3 Result Update

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Week 3: Lion

I’m pleased with this one! I don’t make many bracelets, but I like this one. I may add more gold accents to the wood rings to balance out the gold chains and clasps, but I consider this one done. 🙂

First attempt...not impressed. Take 2 with wood rings. Win! Crimped and ready for a clasp...
All clasped up! Top View Bottom View

Tada!

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Week 2: Ginger Bread

Here they are! I’m pretty happy…they feel very glamorous. 🙂

The stash! Ribbon ends applied, wrapping begins... ...Wrapping continues...and still more wrapping...

Large and small, finished at last!

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For any folks interested in commissioning a caged d20 necklace, here are the colors I have on-hand. 🙂  The colors below are as close as I can get to the actual tones, but be aware that actual colors may vary slightly from what’s pictured.

Final necklace price depends on the intricacy of the final product. You can choose gold- or silver-plated accents for the cage around the die, and I can string it for you as a key fob, necklace, rear-view mirror dangle, etc., on gold- or silver-plated curb chain, a coordinating color of nylon-coated beading wire strung with glass beads, or waxed cotton cord (thin or thick). You can have embellishments added or keep it simple…I have lots of supplies, so I can accomodate most requests!

You can DM me on Twitter (@g33kg0dd3ss) or email me with your request and desired colors. 🙂

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