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DIY – Marble Christmas Ornaments

diy white carrara marble christmas ornaments adorablest tutorialDIY – Marble Christmas Ornaments – in White Carrara Marble Style. Not so much a tutorial, but a basic How-To, as these are so easy to make! If you haven’t decorated your tree yet and / or just want something minimalist to string up, try these. I’ve also included a quick How to Make Old Metallic Ornaments Clear.

I made these last night as a spur-of-the-moment thing and did not take photos of the steps, but it is really so simple.

You will need:

  • Clear Ornaments
  • Black Nail Polish or Black Enamel Paint
  • White Nail Polish or White Enamel Paint

How to:

  • Release the ‘cap’ from the ornament.
  • Pour in white nail polish and swish around. Try to coat the entire ornament inside. Hold that finger tight! Note: be careful as the raw edge of the top of the glass ornament can be VERY sharp. Hold a little tissue there to protect your skin if it helps.
  • Leave to dry for just a few minutes. You don’t want it completely dry.
  • Pour in a tiny amount of black nail polish from the top and let it slide down and ease into the glass ornament.  Don’t DROP it into the bottom as this will create a big splodge.
  • This time gently swish and rotate to create lines like marble does. If you mix too vigorously, you will end up with just a grey ornament.
  • Leave to dry. An empty toilet roll works great 🙂 That’s it!

Points to Note:

  • If your nail polish is very thick (mine was a little), I added a tiny amount of nail polish remover which seemed to do the trick.
  • I used all my glass ornaments last time for my DIY – Sprinkles Ornaments. Rather than buy more, I used some OLD ones, that were about to be 50c for the lot in a garage sale we’ll be having soon. Here’s how I did it …

How To Make Old Metallic Ornaments Clear:

  • Remove all the caps (being metal – it is not good for metal to be in bleach)
  • Soak overnight in bleach or domestic cleaner.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water. At this stage, the old blue ornaments were grey.
  • WEARING GLOVES, Pour a small amount of neat dish washing powder (not liquid – it doesn’t work) into the ornament. Dish washing powder is caustic – Wear Gloves!
  • Swish around and then add a little water, swish some more. Leave to soak overnight, completely covered in the solution of water and (dissolved) dish washing powder.
  • Rinse with water thoroughly. Hopefully you will have sparkling clear ornaments now.
  • Attach your metal hanging parts as is or respray them. I sort of liked the old look – see below 🙂

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DIY – Marble Look Mouse Pad

diy marble look mousepad adorablestDIY – Marble Look Mouse Pad.  The Marble Paper is available to download for FREE!

I love the look of marble and while that marble printed vinyl doing the rounds on various sites is gorgeous, I’m on a budget … so here’s a cheeky DIY version that will only cost a few bucks.

You will need:

  • Old Mouse Pad. Like a neoprene one with the fabric glued to the foam base.
  • Glue Stick. Like a Bostik Blu Stik (Australia) and make sure it is FULL.
  • Clear Contact. I used a roll from Kmart, only $1.
  • Scissors & Blade Cutter. Make sure they are very sharp.
  • Cutting Mat. So as not to gouge holes in the carpet 🙂

How to :

1. Download and Print the Free Marble Paper. No need to trim to size yet.

2. Fully coat your mouse pad with the glue stick. It absorbs a lot = use a FULL stick.

3. Glue the Marble Paper to the mouse pad. Leave to dry under books overnight.

4. Clear contact over the top of the Marble Paper.

5. Turn upside down onto your cutting mat.

6. Cut through both the paper and contact with your blade cutter, trim with scissors.

That’s it! The desk looks more modern now and I think it should hold up to wear and tear. FYI – I use a wireless, optical mouse and it works fine. The clear contact doesn’t affect it.

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DIY – How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial

DIY - How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial Title PageDIY – How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial. Using a pendant tray, make your own marble necklaces!

You will need:

  • Polymer Clay. White, black and transparent (white). Fimo and Sculpey are a couple of brands. Use whatever you have or can get for this project.
  • Pendant Tray. Round, oval, whatever shape you’d like. Chain for the necklace if needed, in a contrasting or matching colour.
  • Oven & Baking Paper. To bake the polymer clay according to instructions.
  • Glue. For attaching the faux marble ‘coin’ to the pendant tray.
  • Workspace. Allow a clean area to roll and mould your polymer clay.
  • Modelling Paint. Optional if you want the trays painted. Pictures show metallic gold (with white marble) and copper finish (with black marble).
  • Sandpaper. Optional if you want a super smooth finish of the marble ‘slice’.  A sheet each of 240, 600 and 2000 grit sandpaper.
  • Carnauba Wax. Optional if you want to add a sheen to the finished piece.

How to :

DIY - How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial-Steps 1 - 81. Roll white with transparent and a little white in some black to make dark grey clay.

2. Wrap and twist the polymer clay ‘snakes’ together.

3. Start to form a flattened ball shape.

4. Flatten a little more. Don’t squish too much at this stage.

5. Roll into a snake again.

6. Squish together some more.

7. Form by hand into a shape similar to the pendant.

8. Keep moulding the clay as close as possible to the pendant shape and bake it!

After baking, you can simply glue in and you’re done!

If you want a smoother finish, like a slice of cut marble, the pieces will need to be sanded. First with 240 grit, then 600 and finally with 2000. Polymer clay sands very easily, so be careful that you don’t end up with a wafer thin piece that may break.

To add sheen and bring out the colours, use a tiny amount of carnauba wax. It brings a soft satin finish to the surface and finishes the polymer clay nicely for this project.

Depending on the method and colours used, some pieces look more like black and white jasper (stone) than marble. Vary each until you end up with the look you want!

DIY - How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay Tutorial Finished PendantsDIY - How to Make Faux Marble with Polymer Clay TutorialThis project will cost about $10 – $15 in materials. The piece(s) you make will unique!


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