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The holidays are a popular time to stop and thank teachers and all of the wonderful staff at school for all they do.
Come the holidays, I’m always wishing I had time to make some handmade gifts but in reality, the chaos of the season doesn’t leave me feeling at my most creative.
This year, I’m planning on getting a head start on my holiday gift making, by making one handmade gift each month. How’s that for forward planning?! By Christmas 2013, I hope to have stock-piled enough beautiful gifts that I can feel proud of giving my handmade creations to my loved-ones.
Whilst sewing is often my technique of choice, the truth is I love all kinds of crafting and I enjoy trying out new techniques and ideas. So I’m going to take this opportunity to push my creative boundaries and try my hand at things I have never given a go before. Working so far ahead of schedule means I have the time to make - and correct - mistakes!
I’m starting January with a handmade clock, which I made using a wooden base and a clock mechanism I purchased from a craft store.
I used EnvrioTex craft resin to cover the surface of my clock. It gives the project an amazing, high gloss finish that looks really professional.
1. Use your paper trimmer to cut your paper to fit the wooden base. I used my Fiskars bird punches for detail.
2. Cut the clock face using the curvy square die from the Fiskars Fuse.
3. Adhere the cardstock and embellishments to the base and coat in two layers of white glue to seal. Allow the first layer of glue to dry before adding the second. Paint the glue with a sponge brush using even strokes in one direction. Pay special attention to sealing the cardstock at the edges because the resin will bleed into unsealed areas and discolor the cardstock.
4. Mix up your EnviroTex resin and pour onto the surface. This was the first time I have used this product but the instructions were extremely straightforward and easy to follow, however, I do recommend practicing on something that is not your final project, first. Once you have poured the resin onto the lid of the box, you can breathe onto the tiny air bubbles that form, to make them pop and disappear. Drying time for the resin depends on the thickness you have poured and the air temperature, but plan to allow about eight hours for the resin to fully set.
5. Once the resin is completely dry, use your Fiskars hand drill to make a hole in the center of the clock and attach your mechanism.
That’s all folks!
White glue and sponge brush
Clock mechanism kit
EnviroTex Lite resin