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  • Candy canes look great on Christmas Trees, but how many of us remember to eat them before the decorations come down? Here's a way to help save your teeth and save room for all the other leftover Christmas goodies. Take the idea further and make an extra long polymer clay cane and twist it into a Christmas Greeting such as Cara's "Noel" below! Prepa

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  • Here's a festive project for polymer clay! Cara used the flexible plastic Sculpey Texture Makers to add the patterns to these clay Christmas decorations and then highlighted parts of the pattern with glistening Jacquard Pearl Ex powder. Materials & Tools List Polymer clay - you can use any brand and any colour... Jacquard Pearl Ex Powder - Cara

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  • Reduce, reuse, recycle - here's a fun way to add bling to used glass jars for Christmas, parties or weddings. Simply make up a solution of the glistening Pearl Ex pigments and clear Deka Cristal glass paint and decorate away! How to Mix the Pearl Ex and Glass Paint Solution Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments can be combined with practically any viscous m

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  • Simple and effective Christmas Wreath decorations made from Merino Wool Tops by Cara and Jo Barrell. How to Make the Christmas Wreath You will need a framework on which to attach the wool tops, and these can be found in floristry sections in garden centres. If you can't find one, you can bend a wire coat hanger into a circle, leaving the hook a

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  • Polymer clay is very easy to shape and smooth into shape and using an extruder allows you to create lengths of consistently shaped clay which can be coiled, pressed together to create complex multi-coloured canes, woven or plaited. These Christmas Tree decorations were created using extruded polymer clay which has been wrapped around a cone shape a

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  • These lovely Christmas Crackers were made using papers available from this web site. The cracker on top and the one in the foreground are made from Metallic Papers which are available from most stationers, while the cracker behind was made with Banana tissue paper which is highlighted by bold husks of banana fibre. Alternatively, the Marble with Go

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  • A stunning gift wrap idea that you just wouldn't want to tear apart! Top Present Wrap parcel with Metallic Paper Take another piece and fold it to half the width of the package, place over first layer and secure Take a strip of Silk Gauze Paper crinkle it lengthways and place over second layer Pinch ends, secure and fan out. Cut-out a Christmas Tre

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  • Here we have discovered a fun and simple way to bind the heat bondable Angelina fibres into a three-dimensional shape. The fibres need only a very small amount of indirect heat to make them fuse, in this instance, boiling water is involved so please take care! Please note, this project is not suitable for children as it involves the use of boiling

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  • How's this for a great Christmas decoration idea? Our giant snowflakes have been designed and made by our resident artist Philippa Cousins from foamboard. What is it? Foamboard is made from a sheet of CFC free polystyrene sandwiched between two sheets of smooth acid free paper to form a strong, lightweight and rigid board with a variety of uses. Th

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  • The dyed Merino Wool tops are easily felted and here we show how simple it is for a beginner to learn the technique of making felt balls. Crafting your own baubles adds a personal touch to the decorations on your Christmas tree. Step 1: Use a rolled up ball of cling film as the core for your ball so that the bauble is not too heavy on the Christm

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  • The malleable polymer clay can be shaped or moulded using a number of methods. A simple way to create consistent shapes is to use a cutter and rolling strips (or CD cases as in the example below). The polymer clay is first conditioned by holding and working it. The heat from your hands makes the clay soft enough to roll out and then shape. Step 1 P

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  • Until I found myself house bound by 11 inches of snow in Winter 2009, I had struggled to think of a use for my block of Sculpey Ultra Light. This lightweight polymer clay has quite a different texture from traditional polymer clays but bakes to a similar durable finish. The clay can be tinted using coloured polymer clays (as with this snowman's fla

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  • If you've got some free time between now and Christmas, here are some Christmas decoration projects just begging to be explored.... Computer Printed Silk Organza Christmas Card This card was designed and created by Linda Chapman. It is a relatively simple design but nonetheless very effective. Linda used a card blank, available from most stationer

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  • Felt is created by agitating wool fibres until they mat together to form a non-woven fabric. The fibres can be laid flat on a surface or molded around a former such as a hatshaper, cardboard or even a ball. On a bad day use the feltmaking process to relieve the tensions, it usually makes a very good felt. Making the felt is simple, it requires only

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