Friday, December 6, 2013

Handmade Ornaments

 I have a love for ornaments.  I always have.  Every year I take my girls to buy a new ornament, and every year when we decorate our tree it is so wonderful to see all those memories.   I played around last year at the last minute with a couple of ornament designs in metal.  This year I started a little earlier and was able to offer these ornaments for sale in my shop!

The Dala Horse in copper was my first.  I was thrilled with the way it turned out and shared it on my Facebook page.  My Brother-in-Law asked if I could make an owl, and that's how this next one came to be:








 Each ornament begins as a piece of sheet metal.  I saw the shape, file the edges.  Stamp the entire design by hand.  Each impression you see is a single stamp.  Laid down one at a time.  I finish by sanding, oxidizing, polishing, soldering on a ring for hanging and sealing the metal to help maintain the color.  Last I put on a Sari Silk hanger.




A friend asked me to make two right away, and I honestly thought that would be the extent of my ornament making for this season.  Other than the ones I had planned to make for gifts.......  Fortunately Etsy shoppers have found my little ornaments and have been keeping me very busy for the last week.   :)



Now I wish I had started earlier in the season, and had taken the time to develop more design choices.  That's ok!  I'll get a jump on next year after the busy season is over.  :)

These ornaments can be found in my online shop and in my Etsy shop.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!  :)

This blog post is a part of  Art Bead Scene's Blog Hop featuring handmade ornaments!  Hop on over to view other handmade ornaments.

Also, my Dala Horse ornament has been featured in an article on Babble.com which I was pretty excited about!

27 comments:

  1. Love your ornaments! They're so cute!

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  2. These are very nice. I especially enjoy the owl.

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    1. Thank you! My daughter is owl crazy, I've come to love them too :)

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  3. Love the Dala horses. New ornament designs next year for sure! Putting names and dates on them is a wonderful idea. Maybe make something for birthdays, weddings anniversaries- the sky's the limit!

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    1. Thank you! They have definitely gotten me to thinking of all kinds of new designs. :)

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  4. These are wonderful ornaments! The little horse has a childlike quality and is adorable! I do love the owls! You did such wonderful work.

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    1. Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun with these this year. :)

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  5. Gorgeous and so much work! I'm sure you'll be adding new designs to your collection every year. These are both so sweet.

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    1. Thank you Heather! I hope to keep adding to the collection. My kids are already putting in requests ;)

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  6. Wow pretty! How much are you asking for them? I know too late for this year just curious

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    1. Hi Shannon! $25 for the Dala Horse and $ 30 for the Owl :) Thank you so much!

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  7. Wow they are beautiful and oh my thats alot of hammering!

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    1. Thanks Niky! I can now stamp metal in my sleep ;)

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  8. Lovely ornaments, I love the idea of including the name and date.

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