Every year Far Guy and I design and develop a Christmas Ornament. It is a labor of love..and once you start a tradition..you just keep plugging away..every year.. this is our 19th year. Here is a link to the history of all of our ornaments.
This year I designed a loon for the Christmas ornament. This is quite a process.. first Far Guy cuts out the diamond shape..he used Basswood. He sands them and gets them looking smooth...
I transfer the pattern in pencil.
I use the wood burner to burn an outline. The first couple of ones are always just practice, I worked out in Far Guys Greenhouse/Shop this fall when the weather was nice.
I brought them back in the house to paint them..painting about ten at a time. Each one is different..It is impossible for me to make them all look the same. Hand painted one at a time!
I write the recipient's name and the year on the back..then they go back out to be wood burned on that side. Then Far Guy drills a hole in them and dips them in a shellac...and they hang to dry..
Then I decorate envelopes and package them all up.. delivery has started. I am glad I started early this year..there was no mad rush to get then done. I made sixty of them. I have two that I made especially for blog readers, if you would like to enter a drawing for one leave me a comment telling me about one of your Christmas Traditions. I am giving one away on both of my blogs..area voices and blogspot.. the drawing will take place on Monday at 9PM and the winners will be announced on Tuesday. So comment away! I am just a little loony..and you can be a little loony too:)