Monday, October 25, 2010

Oddly ornamental.

Ah, nostalgia.  Do you remember the first time you ever used a hot glue gun?  I remember it like it was yesterday...

'Cause it was!  *rimshot*  Can you guys believe I was still a hot glue virgin?  Now I see why you all like it so much; whee, that was fun.  Only got burned once.

Here's what I made:

Strange ornaments!  I mean, I love them and all, but I realize they're an eerie ghostly white.  They might be an acquired taste.  What do you think - pretty, or weird?

Did you guess what they're made of?  Lookee:

I bought these Xmas light hangers at the dollar store.  Figured out they could be turned into these fantastical 3-D thingies, and the hot glue frenzy was on.

And there you go.  Eerie ghostly ornaments, ready for a (non-traditional) tree.

For the long ornament, I used jump rings to join up two of them, pointing in opposite directions:

Here's another idea, for a dainty 2-D design.  I snipped off the straight part, like so:

Ended up with these seahorse-looking shapes.

Glued them in this nested pattern:

Sweet, no?

Okay, yay, first hot glue project under my belt!  I must consider other untried techniques.  Hm, let's see...I have never used a sewing machine...

Nah!  What I really want to try is a plasma cutter.  Can't afford one now, but someday.  Plasma cutter.  On my wish list.


  1. Gluebie Newbie my foot! You're pulling our leg...first time. Uh huh. You continue to amaze me in how you see jewelry in the most unlikely things!

  2. What a unique ornament! I love the look of them all. You are too cool with a glue gun!


  3. No way in the WORLD would I have ever thought to make jewelry out of those things! And I'm with the Answer girl up way that this was your first time with a glue gun! :o)

  4. C'mon... seriously?
    I thought I'd seen it all... but those chandeliers managed to surprise me yet again. It must be so cool being you!

  5. Waooo..again super cute idea...great...

  6. That's cool :)

    And... by the way.. how did you survive without a glue gun? ^^

    And a cutter either with plasma, laser oder water is also on my list... so... but not one to use manually but a big cutting machine cutter! Which is able to cut metal, wood but also acryl... or just engrave it.... one can use to cut out the tiniest detail for jewelery to big ones for furniture... Hach... Used ones starting from around 6k-8k €... someday... with all the other way too expensive items on my ohwannahave!-list. ;)

  7. michelle L! these aren't ghostly at all! what they are is just so delicate and pretty in my eyes... perfect for the Christmas tree!

    the glue gun thing. wow, ya it's crazy you've lived this long (i'm assuming you're roughly my age but who knows really...) without one. but you are obviously creative enough to do without alot of things,(i.e. normal craft supplies), so i can totally see it!

  8. Glue virgin *chortle-snort*

    I seem to have missed a few posts somehow! I'm not being a proper stalker at all!

    LOVE the little chandelier type ornaments. I'm so seeing them covered in black glitter for earrings too, or would that be obnoxious?

  9. They look like mini chandeliers! Lovely!

    And what in the world is a plasma cutter? Never heard of one!

    Thanks for linking!
    Have a great week!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. They should be red with gold tassels then they would make cute decorations for a Chinese restaurant.

    I also think they look like many chandeliers.

    I want a pen torch.

  11. Wow how fun and original!

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  12. Mich, I like them too! I think it's the delicateness of them that makes it work :) Craft on!

  13. sweet! I like them and their ghostly white

    I got the package in the mail today! not only is the necklace a hoot, the surprise earrings (which I recognize as chop sticks now!) are also super nice - will be wearing it all tomorrow - thanks!!!

  14. How amazingly creative and original !

  15. Wow, the amazing ideas never end with you! Congrats on poppin' that glue-gun cherry!

  16. Serious? You never tried hot glue? How can this be?!?! A whole new world awaits....

    Love these do dahs, I must say. Would love to make a whole Xmas tree of them! Fabulous Fabulous!

  17. HA! After several years of hard work, I convinced the hub it was just plain easier to put cuphooks where the lights go, so now I have my own personal stash of these dohickeys. As awesome as yours are Mich... I think they need spray adhesive and glitter. Lots and lots of glitter.

  18. Oh, the possibilites are endless with those very cool shapes and your imagination. Congratulations on your first glue gun project. Now, I want to see what you make with the glue from the glue gun:)
    The word "steampunky" is now in my dictionary.
    Have a great weekend.

  19. Oh good, I'm not the only one who wants a plasma cutter!

    I think they look Marie Antoinette-esque with the pale color palette. Kind of like crazy chandeliers.

    So, now that you're a hot glue gunner, I can't wait to see what else you come up with! I have never used Mod Podge... someday.

  20. wow that is so creative.
    I am inviting you to share your talent at our blow out linking party.
    Thank you,