Combination 8 Glitter Ornament

Update:
When I originally posted this I didn’t realize I was doing an 8 division wrong. I now have 2 types of 8 division instructions. Alyx’s 8 division and Normal 8 division. This one uses Alyx’s 8. You can find videos for both on the Combination Divisions Page.

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Several weeks ago I posted my “Flower Garden” Kimekomi Orament Video which showed you how you can create interesting kimekomi designs with the temari combination 8 division. These combination divisions are not just reserved for temari and kimekomi ornaments. You can also create great sequins and glitter ornaments.

Tools & Materials Needed:

  • ballpoint pen
  • tape measure
  • glue
  • drafting compass(optional)
  • paint brush
  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm green sequins
  • light blue glitter paint**
  • 9mm wide green satin ribbon
  • 16 pearl topped corsage pins
  • 16 hot pink metallic plum blossom sequins

*purchased at Cartwright’s
**homemade, using loose glitter and clear iridescent glitter glue. See FAQ page for more info on how to make glitter paint.

Directions:

  1. Draw combination 8 division lines on the foam ball. You can find directions on drawing the combo 8 division in Suess’ book Japanese Temari, or online at TemariKai.com. Rather than using pins and string to mark your ball, use a measuring tape and pen and draw your lines and dots directly onto the foam ball.
  2. Trace all lines drawn with green sequins, except leave about 1.5cm without sequins at each point where more than 2 lines intersect.
  3. Prep your glitter paint.
  4. Fill in all exposed foam with glitter paint and let dry.
  5. At each point where more than 2 lines intersect, pin a plum blossom sequin with a corsage pin.
  6. Finish your ornament by placing a bow and hanging ribbon at the top where you left some exposed foam. Thread a plum blossom sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow, in that order.

The most time consuming part of this ornament is waiting for the glitter paint to dry before moving onto the next step. You may need several coats of paint to get an opaque look.

I wasn’t completely happy with the color of the bow when I was finished so I removed it and added a purple bow.

For an even more interesting design change up the colors or use more than one color of glitter paint. Use star or holiday shaped sequins instead of flowers. There are so many possibilities.

Argyle Egg

I take inspiration for my designs from all kinds of places. This design was inspired by a series of novels I’m currently reading. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a historical romance about a woman who travels back in time and finds the love of her life in 18th century Scotland. I wanted to pay homage to a story that’s had me dreaming in tartan for the past several weeks. Argyle is a traditional Scottish pattern easily replicated on a kimekomi egg.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • strip of paper
  • liquid white out
  • glue stick
  • 14.5cm tall foam egg
  • purple, blue, black and white cotton fabric
  • 5mm pink and silver ribbon
  • 3/4 inch straight pins
  • 2 pearl topped corsage pins

Directions:

  1. Draw lines dividing the egg into 8 equal sections.
  2. Choose one line and mark 7 points on the line evenly spaced.
  3. Once all your points on the line are marked, use the strip of paper to copy the marks to all the other lines. If you did the Zigzag ornament you can use the same strip of marked paper for this ornament.
  4. Connect the dots in a diamond pattern (red lines).
  5. White out the vertical lines inside the diamonds.
  6. Cut all the remaining lines on your foam.
  7. Cut out the fabric using the patterns linked below. Just click on the PDF and then print. The color and number of pieces needed is written on the pattern.
  8. Argyle Fabric Patterns

  9. Glue the fabric over each diamond and tuck in the edges. You should end up with a color pattern like this:
  10. Pin the ribbon to the egg in a lattice pattern, over the fabric but not on the seams. It should look like this:
  11. Finish by adding 2 bows at the top of the egg.

If you like fiction and haven’t read this book yet I highly recommend you do. It’s one of my all time favorites. Or better yet… get the audiobook and listen to it while you make your own Argyle Egg. 🙂

“Lattice” Ornament

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • drafting compass
  • craft glue
  • measuring tape
  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch gold sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • metallic teal 5mm sequins
  • clear iridescent and gold glitter glue
  • gold 9mm ribbon
  • gold top cap
  • pearl topped corsage pin

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. About 1.5cm from the top center of the foam ball draw 4 evenly spaced dots as shown in the video.
  2. Using a drafting compass, set at a 1 inch radius, draw circles on the foam using the 4 points as the center of the circles. Do this on both the top and bottom of the ball.
  3. Trace the lines with a pen if you wish to make them easier to see.
  4. Place the top cap and hanging string.
  5. Trace all the lines with teal metallic 5mm sequins.
  6. Mix gold and clear iridescent glitter glue. Then paint the exposed foam and let dry.
  7. You may wish to paint the entire ball with glitter glue first and then put on the sequins. Just make sure that your lines will still be clearly visible after you paint it.