Here are the step-by-step instructions for making "Eggshell Ornaments" using UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel).
I used Cricut Cartridge "Joys of the Season" and cut 6 ornaments from a heavy, textured gold cardstock. Three of these ornaments will be used for this project. The other three will be used for Challenge #4.
**Assemble the equipment that you will need. Prepared eggshells, UTEE, clear-dry glue paste, paint brush, clear pigment ink, heat embosser.
**Put one layer of UTEE on the back of the ornament. This will provide stability and prevent the top layer from crackling.
**Coat the back of the eggshell piece with the glue paste.
**Wet your fingers with water and press the eggshell piece onto the surface of the ornament. Wetting your fingers allow the eggshell to release easily onto the ornament.
**Continue to add eggshells until you get the desired effect. I use Tweezers and a awl to move tiny pieces of eggshell around on the surface of the glue paste. There should not be any over-lapping pieces of eggshell.
**Let the ornament completely dry. I left mine overnight.
**Then begin adding layers of UTEE. Rub clean, clear pigment ink over the ornament and sprinkle with UTEE. Heat with the heating tool until all the embossing crystals completely melt. I usually cover with at least 3 layers, but the more you add the thicker and richer the surface. Be sure to let each layer completely dry before adding another.
**Add some gold Stickles and a ribbon...and...you have an "Eggshell Ornament"!
**But...there is more! Even Circlets can become ornaments!
These little Circlets were made by Sandie O for table decorations at the Kentucky Meet Up! I thought they would make a great embellishment for an eggshell ornament!