Legend has it that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. Walking through the woods one winter evening, he was awed by evergreens, their branches dusted with snow, shimmering in the moonlight. When he got home, he erected a tree and decorated it with candles. You can have your very own Christmas tree decorating you with this Christmas pin. For this project you need:
Green Sculpey clay
Gem Tac glue
Tweezer or wax tipped tool
17- 12ss Swarovski Elements Rhinestones Flat back in various colors
Tree cookie cutter (about 2 in. x 1 in.) or template and plastic knife
Roll out the green Sculpey clay to ¼ of an inch thickness. Cut out Christmas tree shape using the cookie cutter or a template and plastic knife. Place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with white paper. Bake in a preheated 275 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Once cool, place a drop of Gem Tac slightly larger than the rhinestone, on the front of the tree. Using the tweezer or wax tipped tool, pick up a rhinestone and place it in the drop of glue. Gently press down allowing the glue to cover the edges of the rhinestone. Continue placing glue drops and rhinestones randomly and using different colors of rhinestones. Allow to dry for 24 hours. When the glue is completely dry, turn the pin over and using Gem Tac, glue the pin in place. Again, allow to dry for 24 hours.
Festive and easy to make, this Christmas tree pin is sure to please even the toughest Grinch.
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I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.