It's time to try something different!
I decided to put a spin on the family member photo ornaments we used to have on the tree....
Face Photocopies + Old Hoops = Ornament?
My sister had photocopied her face a bunch of times and I really wanted to use the images I found lying around the house... Plus, I had a bunch of rusting old hoop earrings lying around. So I decided to give the ol' tree a funky makeover.
Step 1: Materials
2) Large old hoop earrings that you don't need, preferably the kind where it clips into a tiny fish eye to close, not the kind that snaps into place. (I used 2" hoops)
3) Markers (I'm using Prismacolors: crimson red, chartreuse deco pink, black, mulberry, apple green, and spring green)
4) Two colors of thread, needle
5) Thicker thread (for hanging the ornament, I have some red crochet thread not shown)
6) Craft glue, small brush (optional)
8) Inky black pen (I'm using Pilot V5 Pen, not shown)
9) Contact paper (not shown)
Step 2: Prepping the Image
2) Use the hoop earring as a guide to determine what you want in the ornament. Trace in pencil the circular outline.
3) Using your markers, color in the parts of the face you want to highlight. (I used crimson red for the lips, chartreuse and greens for the eyelids, and deco pink for the rosy cheeks)
4) Take the black pen and outline the shadows and trace the features you wish to emphasize.
5) Fill in the darkest parts of the photocopy entirely with black pen.
6) When you are satisfied with how the image looks, layer a sheet of contact on top of the image and on the back.
7) Cut out the image.
Step 3: Starting the Ornament
9) Using a brush and small amount of craft glue, brush the glue onto the surface of the earring
10) Apply the image
Step 4: Sew, Sew, Sew
12) Sew the image onto the earring, by looping the thread around the earring (whip stitch: http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/Reference_Charts/Handsewing_Stitches_Images/free_reference_charts_handsewing_stitches_whip_stitch.jpg)
13) Sew around the entire hoop earring
Step 5: Back of the Ornament
Step 6: Ornament or Necklace?
*16) Cut a longer thread to make a necklace and use the ornament as a pendant.
Step 7: Voila!
Step 8: Adorn Your Tree or Whatnot
**I made a smaller ornament out of just details I selected from the larger photocopies.