MIA

I’ve been MIA for two weeks. Real Life got in the way of ornament making for a little while. I moved the third week of September, and if you’ve ever moved before you know it can be a daunting task. Also, my husband had that entire week off and demanded my full attention. I have trouble finding time for myself when he’s in the house. Case in point, as I’m typing this post right now my husband is pestering me. “Give me 10 more minutes, honey.” Once I got all the boxes unpacked and my husband went back to work, I had to jump right into another project.

A very good friend asked if she could place and ornament order with me and I accepted. Usually I don’t accept orders but since she is a friend I decided to take on the challenge. She wanted ten ornaments in the Classic Red and Gold Egg design in various colors. Here is the original video I made for my YouTube channel back in March.
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I was unable to replicate the ornament she wanted perfectly. I’ve run out of some of the supplies and haven’t been able to find them in Japan. But after a little trial and error, I was able to make something she was happy with.

I estimate that each ornament takes about 4 hours to make. So this past week, I’ve worked about 40 hours just filling her order. Here’s what my work space looked like just a few days ago.

My Workspace

Jars of Glitter
Drying in the Sun
Completed Ornaments

I’ll be finished tonight and shipping them off tomorrow morning. Then I should be back to my regular schedule, including a new design for you at the end of this week.

Easy Intersecting Circles, Take Two and Three

Last week I posted a design I called Easy Intersecting Circles. This week I would like to show you what happens when you take that basic design and tweak it a little bit.

Take Two
My first variation eliminates the small triangles in the design. In step 2 and 3 of the directions, set your compass at 3.5cm rather than 4cm. If you are using a foam ball with a 8cm diameter, the small triangles in the design will disappear leaving you with an ornament like this.

Take Three
My second variation looks all together different from the original and the 2nd variation. I was really surprised how it turned out. In step 2 and 3 of the directions, set your compass at 5cm and voila, this is what you get…

So have fun playing with your compass settings. You never know how adding or subtracting a centimeter could change your design.

Easy Intersecting Circles Sequined Kimekomi Ornament

As the title suggests, this is one of the easiest designs I’ve done. In total I think this one only took about 3 and a half hours to make. It’s taken longer to edit the video and write out the directions than to actually make the ornament itself. If you are new to this, this might be a good one to start with. The trick to this ornament is good symmetry. If you don’t get your original 4 sections drawn perfectly then the design will be off. Before you start, make sure your ball is not warped or damaged.

Materials Used:

  • one 80mm smooth foam ball
  • solid dark red cotton fabric
  • red, green, etc. Japanese patterned cotton fabric
  • 5mm gold sequins
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • gold ribbon
  • 3/4 inch gold pins*
  • one red pearl topped corsage pin
  • one gold bead cap
  • glue

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Tools Needed:

Directions:

  1. Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 4 equal sections.
  2. Set your compass to 4cm. Draw a circle at the top and bottom of your foam ball.
  3. At the center mold line, find the point where the 4 vertical lines intersect it. At each point draw a circle with your compass, still set at a 4cm radius.
  4. White out the original 4 vertical lines you drew. You should now only see the 6 circles.
  5. Cut the foam with your craft knife along all the circles.
  6. Once all your cuts are finished, locate the the 12 almond shaped sections where each of the circles intersect each other.
  7. Cut red fabric into oval shapes a little larger than the center of the almond spaces.
  8. Cover the center of the almond shape with red fabric, tucking the edges into the cuts in the foam.
  9. Then cover the squares and finally the small triangles at the end of the almond shapes with the patterned fabric.
  10. Once all the foam is covered with fabric, line the seams with gold sequins.
  11. Finish the ornament with a hanging ribbon and bow, both of gold ribbon at the top of the ornament.

As usual, please let me know what you think. Comment’s are awesome!

A quick reminder: If you’ve never made a sequined ornament before, visit the Sequin and Glitter Ornaments page for more specific details on pinning sequins, etc. If you have any questions, or suggestions please feel free to contact me at alyx@ornamentdesigns.com. I might add your question to my FAQ page.