Vintage Christmas Ornaments
Beautifully beveled edges highlight this glass ornament with sparkle. Use your favorite holiday photo or vintage clip art to make this holiday ornament a memorable one!
- Studio Pro Diamond Bevels, one package each: 2”x4”, 1-1/2”x 2-1/2” (available at Hobby Lobby)
- Old holiday cards, scrapbook paper, or vintage clip art
- Jump rings, 7mm, 1 pkg.
- Assorted ribbon
scissors, paintbrush, ruler, lint-free soft cloth, wet sponge, heat-resistant work surface
- Studio Pro Tools: Soldering Iron; Lead-Free Solder; Black Backed Copper Foil, 7/32”; Safety Flux; Flux Brush (or cotton swab); Fid Twin Pack (or craft stick or pencil)
- Needle-nose pliers
- Long tweezers
- Plaid Mod Podge
- Ammonium chloride block (optional)
- 1. Work in well-ventilated area. Open window or use fan if necessary. Keep area free from children and pets. Please read and follow all directions carefully. Protect feet and legs by wearing pants and closed-toe shoes. Eye protection is essential. Use a heat-resistant work surface. Remember, the less you move an unfinished project, the less likely you are to have damage.
- 1. Thoroughly clean bevels and dry with lint-free cloth.
- 2. Measure and mark shape of bevel on holiday card, vintage clip art or scrapbook paper. Cut shape from paper using scissors.
- 3. Use Mod Podge to adhere images face-down to back of each bevel. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for best application; allow each layer to dry thoroughly.
- 4. When dry, peel 1” of backing from foil tape. Center edge of bevel on sticky side of foil. Wrap all outer edges of bevel with foil, overlapping end by 1/4”.
- 5. Use fid or craft stick to burnish (rub) surface of foil to edge of glass. Press firmly. (Note: Too much pressure may cause foil to tear.)
- 6. Once foiled, lay all bevels on heat-resistant surface and plug in soldering iron.
- 7. Apply small amount of flux with brush or cotton swab along foiled edges of bevel.
- 8. Unroll 6” length of solder; heat solder with tip of soldering iron. Apply thin layer of solder (tinning) over all foiled edges of bevel. Using needle-nose pliers to flip bevel over; flux and solder other side of bevel.
- 9. Repeat Steps 7-8 until all bevels have been tinned. Allow to cool.
- 10. To add jump ring to top and bottom of bevel, use needle-nose pliers to hold ring to bevel. Apply small amount of flux to ring and bevel’s edge, then place small amount of solder on tip of iron; touch iron to connecting joint. Allow to cool. For added join strength, flux and solder back of jump ring.
- 11. Use additional jump rings to connect bevels and embellish with ribbons or beads of choice.
- Soldering Tips
- 1. If solder doesn’t flow smoothly, apply more flux.
- 2. If seams bulge over glass, there’s too much solder; you may need to melt and pull off excess.
- 3. If solder spits or bubbles, there’s too much flux; wipe some off.
- 4. Flat seams need more solder.
- 5. Don’t stay in same spot too long or solder will bleed through or glass will crack.
- 6. Wipe iron tip frequently on wet sponge while you are soldering.
- 7. Re-tin tips as needed using ammonium chloride block.
by Lauren DiSanza for Diamond Tech (A Studio Pro Bevel Project)