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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Weekend Project

What fun you can have with some scrap aluminum and a die cut!!! This is such an odd thing. I had this roll of aluminum that I ran across in the garage last spring and we put it in the garage sale for free!! And no one took it! Imagine that!! SO I figured that this project was one of those "meant to be" ones! I don't know how the idea came to me but it did. I think I was going to make just one snowflake or see how it would cut. It was on a week that Michael's had a 50% off coupon and I saw that they had the snowflake die cut in stock so if I ruined mine I could get another one pretty inexpensive. I ran a piece of aluminum through the Sizzix and liked what I saw. But it didn't look like a very full snowflake so I made another one. I set one on top of the other and thought it looked cute. It didn't lay flat and as I was trying to straighten it out I bent up the ends of the snowflakes on the top snowflake. Then the idea of a candle in the middle came to mind. But how was I going to make it stay in the middle? I couldn't glue it. I had to make it so it could be refilled or replaced. And with the battery operated ones you had to be able to turn it on and replace batteries. It needed a separate holder.

What to do? What to do? I didn't want to abandon the idea, I liked where it was going. Then it came to me. Use the center flower part from the Stampin' Up! "Flower Daisies #2" die. SO I took a smaller piece of aluminum and cut one of those out. I centered the candle on it and bent the petals up around the candle. I did turn the flower over so the back side was on top. I wanted the smoother looking side to show around the candle. When I finished doing that I liked what I saw.

But now, what to use to stick it all together? Would something as simple as glue dots work? Why yes they did!!! I added several of them around the areas that were in contact with each other. And trust me those little buggers hold pretty tight. I tried to reposition my candle and it was very difficult to remove them. It does bend the aluminum when you do that so be sure you know exactly where you want to stick the candle before you commit to it!

Now you can decorate it as you will or leave it as it is, either way it's a very pretty centerpiece.

It's amazing that once you cut the aluminum with the die cut it's not sharp on the edges anymore. I'm sure it's sharp to a degree but not like it is before you put it on the die cut. I use gloves when working with any metals. A cut hand sets my work back for several days, it's best to be safe than sorry!

Have fun making them!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

14 comments:

Deb said...

Wow - that is so cool and I have that die! Another idea to try out!

Anne said...

Wow! Another great idea! You know that the big question now will be, "where can I get some aluminum too?."

Sara Paschal said...

Wanda, this is WONDERFUL I LOVE IT! What wonderful decorations and gifts these would make. Great job!

Cara said...

Now that is very cool. I like it!

Chriserendipity said...

Oh, this is a BEAUTIFUL project! Love how you layered them, and how the ends curl up! Thanks for including your "creating" process, too!
Chris in Calgary, AB Canada

Kim said...

Lovely and so creative!!! I may have to try this if I can find the right type of aluminum. Thanks so much for sharing such a beautiful idea!

Noreen said...

Great idea! That opens up whole new vistas!! Thanks for sharing it.

Noreen

Kristi said...

That is such a great idea! It looks so neat!
Kristi K

Elaine said...

genius!

These are the Stamps of Our Lives said...

THAT is one FANTASTIC project!!! A total WOW... I wanna try it too! Thanks so much for sharing...

Sheryl Dickinson said...

Super creative and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing another wonderful gift item!

Claire Ventre said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

Carol Kugler said...

WOW.. that's pretty darn AWESOME!!.. are you SURE you don't want to put that aluminum out at the yard sale again?... where did you say you lived?? heehee!!

Carol
www.kooglenotes.blogspot.com

Angel said...

Very COol! What kind of aluminum did you use?