Altered Christmas glass ornaments.

Today is the day the video is up on my YouTube channel showing the process of altering these glass ornaments.

Altered glass ornaments

Altered glass ornaments

I used a couple of Sizzix dies – Flourishes and Snowflakes – with my metal duct tape from the hardware store.  The first six I left clear.  The bottom six I used Ranger Industries Alcohol Inks in the colors of Current, Stream, and Butterscotch.

The first three are Current on the left, Stream in the center, and Butterscotch on the right.  The bottom left one is a remix of the colors on the same felt pad and it turned a little brown.  I like that one.  For the final two I used a new felt pad to finish them off.

This flourish was a real bugger to work with.  So many intricate swirls and curves.  This one was way too fiddly for me.  By the time I adhered the second one of this flourish die cut from the metal duct tape….I was so over this whole entire project.  I had to get encouragement from my daughter with the twins to keep going and see it through to the end.

Intricate flourish

Intricate flourish

The Snowflake dies were the easiest to cut out, take apart, and adhere.  I did have a few problems with them but nothing like the really intricate flourish.

Snowflake die

Snowflake die

The less intricate flourish dies were really great to work with.

Less intricate flourish die

Less intricate flourish die

This project took me over two days to complete.  I have the attention span of a gnat and a shorter patience span than that.  Altering Christmas clear glass balls will NOT be on my list of must do decorating again.

My daughter with the twins suggested that I make a whole bunch of these and sell them at a craft fair.  My answer to her was “Not just NO, but H*&L NO!”  I’ll leave that job to someone that enjoys fiddly things.  The other nuisance was having to use the hot glue gun for the ribbon around the neck and the fork bow on each of the balls.

I do get to have the pride and privilege of saying “I made these” and there will never be anymore like them.  Someone else may take a stab at creating these for themselves but they won’t be the same as mine are.


Get your Stripe On!


I have been saving glass food jars for quite a while now.  Joe had requested them to be saved for his screws, nuts, bolts, and myriad other small things.  Uhm….they sit on a shelf in our hallway unused.  So….”Fair Game” you think?

There are several of these jars with a clear plastic label that is really HARD to get off.  Soaking in hot water doesn’t budge the label.

Clear label

Clear label

I tried using my brand new Tim Holtz heat tool.  All it managed to do was loosen the plastic label from the powerful glue.  Oh well, soak a paper towel in alcohol and let it sit for several minutes.  That should bust that glue loose.

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Uh-h-h-h.  Nope.  Alcohol didn’t cut it.  I had to bring out the “Big Guns” for sticky removal.


This stuff cuts through the toughest stuff, and glue on this jar was pretty stinking tough.  With a paper towel, and a good sized squirt of the Goof Off,  I wiped the glue right off.  There were some areas that required a bit of scrubbing but it all came off.  There is a residue left behind from this stuff.  I cleaned the jar with another paper towel and a good sized dollop of alcohol which cut right through the Goof Off stuff.


With some masking tape or painters tape, begin making your stripe pattern.  If you want narrow stripes lay the tape out on a cutting mat.  Using a metal ruler and an exacto knife cut the strips to the width you want to use.  I tried putting the tape around the neck of the jar and had nothing but a wonky line.  I had to go to my “Resident Guru” for his mechanical and strategic abilities.

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After he got the tape “Just Perfect” (according to him) then I used several colors of the Adirondak Alcohol Ink from Ranger Industries and Tim Holtz.  Click on the image to enlarge it if you want to see the spacing and the mess.


I left this to dry for 24 hours.  Mostly because I had run out of steam and energy.  Grrr!  I hate this being such a wimp!

The next day I took all the painters tape off and assessed my handiwork.  I didn’t like the one yellow stripe that was barely noticeable.


If you don’t have a roll of this stuff already in your craft space….I think it is well worth your while to head to your hardware store or big box home improvement store.  This metal tape is really and truly very thin sheet metal with a glue backing.  This stuff is used by the heating and air conditioning people when they install furnace and a/c ducts in your home.

This tape is called “Shurtape Hold Strong”.  I’ve used this on many projects.  AND you can run this stuff through an embossing folder and your die cutting machine.  Totally awesome stuff!


I cut the tape to the width I wanted using a paper trimmer.  Yes, you can use this stuff with your paper trimmer.  Leave the paper backing on before you cut it.  Or….you know what will happen.  It will stick and you will be saying a few words you would not wish to have repeated by the little ones in your home :/

Mark the tape at the desired length you want to span your jar.  Then Joe wanted a “Perfect” cut line so I brought him my little paper trimmer for him to use.  He’s so fantastic!  I just love this guy.

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Once the metal strip has been applied to your glass jar, precisely or almost precisely :D, you will need to use a bone folder to smooth out the wrinkles in the metal tape.  This will also make the tape stick fully to the jar and not come loose later on.

I would suggest you spray your newly created beauty with a sealer.  I use a Krylon “Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze” that is good for craft projects.  Give your jar a couple coats of this stuff.  Take it outside first.  Don’t spray in the sun or you will get “Orange Peel” texture.  Once sprayed, bring it in the house to finish drying for a glassy smooth finish.


I’ve read that this stuff, the Krylon Clear Glaze, will even make your beautiful creation dishwasher safe.  Hand wash the first time though to make sure the metal tape doesn’t have a problem.

I have a few touch ups to do on mine before I spray it with the glaze.  So, do you think you might want to try something even more adventurous than stripes?  If you give this a try leave me a link in the comments section.  I may be totally inspired by you!


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