Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #26 Round Up

Here we are at the last round up for Iron Craft. It has been a wonderful six year run! Since this was the last challenge we told the crafters to go ahead and make whatever they liked.

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Kat – Just Crafty Enough
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
NY Star Cards
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Kathee
Mittens
QAMom
Lace bookmark.
Ros Clarke
Iron Craft Joy
Lindsay
Technicolor Throw Blanket

Thanks again to everyone who has been involved for one challenge or twenty-six a year!

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 26 – Monogrammed Glasses

For this last Iron Craft challenge we could do whatever we wanted. I used it as a chance to do a project I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, monogramming some glasses with etching cream. Why did I wait so long do this? Well, it’s because the glasses I wanted to monogram are actually the jars our local grocery store’s mustard comes in and I had to wait for Matt to finish up the mustard!
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
This was such a simple project, but I love the finished look. They really don’t look like a DIY at all (or mustard jars for that matter). I have three done and am just waiting for the fourth one to be emptied.

The trickiest part of this project was finding the stencils in a font I liked. The stencils I used are the Plaid/FolkArt Peel & Stick Painting Stencils. They are a bit like the Colorforms I played with as kids, though a little stickier. They say they are reusable up to 20 cleanings. I was really happy with how well they stuck, even on the third one, and the sharp edges I was able to get.Both JoAnn and Michael’s carry them, but both had different fonts and designs.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses

Monogrammed Glasses

Supplies:

  • clean, dry glasses
  • ruler
  • non-permanent marker
  • peel & stick stencils
  • small paintbrush
  • etching cream (I used Martha Stewart’s.)

1. Use the ruler and marker to mark where you want the stencil on your glass. This is especially important if you are doing more than one glass and want them to look the same.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
2. Place the stencil on the glass. These stencils are a little stretch, so make sure to stick it on straight and not distorted. Press down all over with your finger, paying special attention to the edges of the letter.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
3. Use the small paintbrush to fill the stencil with etching cream. You really want to make sure it is on thick. Be careful not to getting etching cream anywhere else on the glass, you can wipe it off right away if you do.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
4. Let sit the amount of time your cream calls for, mine was 15 minutes.

5. Without removing the stencil, wash the bulk of the cream off the glass under warm water. Remove the stencil and wash the glass to remove any remaining cream.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
Clean and dry the stencil to use again and move on to the next glass.

My etching cream says the glasses will now be top rack safe in the dishwasher, though I bet the etching will last longer if they are washed by hand.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 26 - Monogramed Glasses
I think these would be a fabulous gift. I’ll need to remember it for the future.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #25 Round Up

With all the shopping going on this season we asked the Iron Crafters to make something using only things they already had. We only had a few crafters join in during this busy season, but one went over the top!

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Kathee #1
Pine cone ornaments
Kathee #2
Hat ornament
Kathee #3
Wreath ornament
Kathee #4
Santa favors
And Kathee #5!
More Carolers
Just Crafty Enough – Kat
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 25 - Ottomna Slipcover and Throw Pillow.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 25 - Ottomna Slipcover and Throw Pillow.
NY Star Cards
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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #26 – The Last Hurrah

This is it the last Iron Craft challenge of 2016 and, I hate to say it, but the last Iron Craft challenge (for awhile anyway). It has been a wonderful six year run. That is 182 challenges, since in the first year we did one a week! But all good things must come to an end and I feel like it is time for Iron Craft to take a break. I have not been able to commit as much time to it over the last year and I feel that same energy from many of the members as well. We have gone from challenges have 30 projects to many just having 2 or 3.
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We have met some of the most amazing and supportive crafters doing this project. I especially want to call out some of those who have been with us since the early days, Dr. Russ (our best cheerleader!), Tawny B, Ros Clarke, Line Labrecque, and my MIL Kathee. All of you who participated made this project worth doing and really pushed me to broaden my crafting skills.

So for this last challenge, we want you to make whatever you want. I’m sure there is a project you’ve been thinking of doing, but never had the right challenge for it. This is the chance to get it done and show it off.

Reveal day is Tuesday, January 3rd. Please only share in progress photos before that day. Tag photos with IC1626 and IronCraft.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 25 – Ottoman Slipcover & Throw Pillow

This Iron Craft challenge was about using things you already had in your stash. This was good timing for me because I needed to sewing up some items for my sister reusing an old duvet cover and cushion cover. She wanted me to turn them into an ottoman slipcover and large throw pillow.

The throw pillow was easy, I just cut the appropriate sized pieces from the duvet cover to fit a large pillow insert I had bought awhile back. I made it even easier and used one of the seams from the duvet as a seam on the pillow, so I only had to sew three.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 25 - Ottomna Slipcover and Throw Pillow.
The ottoman slipcover was a little trickier. She had given me the old slipcover to use as a guide and a cushion cover that was the exact size to fit the top of the ottoman. I while back, I had even bought the blue coordination fabric to go with it, but everything sat in my craft room.

First I used a seam ripper to remove the bottom of the cushion cover. This let me see what I had to work with. Then I cut lengths of the blue fabric for the skirt until I had enough to go around the whole cushion, plus 12 inches extra for each corner box pleat. I seamed those lengths together and hemmed them all to the right length plus the seam allowance to sew it on.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 25 - Ottomna Slipcover and Throw Pillow.
(I don’t have and ottoman so show it to you on, so here is just a corner on my chaise to give you and idea of it.)

Sewing it on was a bit tricky as I had to make sure to get right up to the edge of the piping to make sure to catch it too. Luckily, I had the right foot for my sewing machine to do it! Also I’d never done box pleats before, but they were easier than I expected.

I think this project turned out pretty good and I’m happy with the way it reused the fabric my sister had.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #24 Round Up

For this challenge the Iron Crafters were asked to create something that was shiny and/or bright. Shiny seemed like the popular way to go!

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Tawny B.
Iron Craft #24: Shiny and Bright
Kathee
Shiny and bright
NY Star Cards
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Just Crafty Enough – Kat
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 24 - Pine Cone Trees

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #25 – Using What You’ve Got

I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year can often feel like all we are doing is spend, spend, spend. So, let’s give our wallets a break with this challenge and make something with things we already have around the house. You can make whatever you want, but do not buy any new supplies. Bonus points if you use up non-crafting items too!
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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 24 – Pine Cone Trees

For this Iron Craft challenge we were asked to make something shiny and/or bright. Over Thanksgiving my mother-in-law, Kathee, and I were looking at projects you could do with used K-cups. One idea was to use them as planters for pine cone trees. I really liked the look, but didn’t have K-cups. What I did have was small plastic planters from the dollar store which were just the right size.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 24 - Pine Cone Trees
I think they look very sweet with my paper lantern village. (I little set I picked up at Target this year.) You can’t really see in the picture how the glitter sparkles when it’s dry.

You want to look for pine cones for this project that are big enough to either sit securely in your pots or will stand on top of them. I also recommend looking for some that are open, so you have places to put the glitter “snow.” (If you are picking pine cones up outside, bake them at a low temperature for a bit to kill any creepy crawly and dry up any sap.)

You can use any type of glitter you want for this or even some snow-tex. I used clear glitter, but it still dried pretty white.

Pine Cone Trees

Supplies

  • small pots
  • silver or other color acrylic paint (optional)
  • small paint brush
  • pine cones
  • white or clear glitter, glitter glue, glitter paint or snow-tex
  • clear glue, I used Elmer’s (if using plain glitter)

1. Paint your pots if you choose. Mine were plastic and took about three coats.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 24 - Pine Cone Trees

2. Pick pine cones that either sit in your pots or can be glued sitting on top of them. Mine sat securely in the pots, so I did not need to glue them in place. You can use the clear glue to glue them in place.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 24 - Pine Cone Trees
I chose to do this before adding the glitter, because it was nice to have the pine cones standing to work with them.

3. If you are using plain glitter, not a glitter paint or glue, mix it with some clear glue. I also added just a little water. You want it to be thick like a wet sand.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 24 - Pine Cone Trees

4. Use the small paint brush to mound the glitter on the tips of the pine cone “branches.” You want it to be like little piles of snow on the end of each one.
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Let dry completely and display.

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #24 – Shiny and Bright

It is starting to get that dark winter feeling here in Minnesota. For me, that is the time to bring out all the things that are shiny and bright around the house. Thus, our challenge theme. Create something that is shiny and/or bright. It does not need to be holiday themed. Play with light, glitter, neons, and metallics!
Iron Craft '13 Challenge #22 - Lit Frosted Ball Wreath
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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 23 – Washi Tape Deer

So, for this Iron Craft challenge we were to make something for the holidays. It could be a decoration or a gift. I did make two Christmas stockings for charity during that time, but I also decided to make an ornament.

Matt and I saw an ornament a L.L. Bean that looked like a dear with its body wrapped in strips of plaid fabric. I thought it was cute and Matt said, “You could make that and use washi tape instead of fabric.” So of course, I had to try it.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 23 - Washi Tape Deer
Yeah, it is ok, but I’m not thrilled with the results. I like the idea of the deer in plaid long johns, but the tape just doesn’t look smooth enough to me. Maybe a coat of some sort of sealer will help.

If you are interested in giving something similar a try, it certainly wasn’t hard or time consuming.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 23 - Washi Tape Deer
I picked up the plastic deer and washi tape at Target. (They have holiday washi tape with the wrapping paper.) The screw eye was in my stash.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 23 - Washi Tape Deer
I started covering the deer’s legs with small pieces of tape, just enough to go around and overlap. I tried using on long piece and go around and up, but I got too many folds.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 23 - Washi Tape Deer
Then I filled in the tighter spaces. Finally, I just covered the rest of the body with bigger pieces and put the screw eye in.

I do really like this washi tape and might try to cover something with a less difficult shape with it.

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