This season I made all my gifts out of copper! I usually do beads and I thought I'd give my friends and family a little break, since they always get beaded items (though there's nothing wrong with that!). I made flowers for my beading group and my mom and MIL. They went over really well! My ladies loved them and so did my metalworking group on Facebook!
OK, so that's #1! Now! Another gift I made was a copper photo frame. I decided to make a template for it and publish it (also for free) on my website's magical Free Downloads page. You really should check it out some time. :)
Here's a sneaky peaky at this template, which I created for two sizes: the one you see in the photo above and a smaller one, too. Simply print this as full size or "fit to page" and you're good to go. I glue them to my copper, saw the shapes out, and use the hole guides to help with placement of my drilled holes. Texture to your liking (or don't), stamp if you wish, and you'll have a sturdy frame. Easy, peasy! Coincidentally, you could use this template with stiff plastics or card stock to make frames, too.
Both of these templates were hand drawn by me using my beloved CorelDraw Graphics Suite X7. :D
Beady friends: Fear not! Stay tuned! I'm working on another cool freebie just for you, and it will be ready tomorrow or the next day. You didn't think I'd leave you in the cold, did you? You will have a fabulous new bit of bling in time for the New Year's Eve parties!
Much love, y'all! Merry Day-After-Christmas! <3 ~Val