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    I would love to make some wooden christmas decorations for my tree this year - you know the kind of thing plaques and stars painted with wires holding them on the tree - does anyone know what sort of wood is used? and where could I get some from? TIA

  • #2
    try here, run by one of our very own craftforum members.

    http://www.craftshapes.co.uk/
    Amanda
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    • #3
      It is usually something like birch ply which is gives a nice finish when painted, that's usually what I use anyway!.
      by Nicki
      www.bynicki.co.uk

      Home Decorations & Gifts with Country Style

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      • #4
        Thank you so much for the replies and the great info.

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        • #5
          I buy mine from Steve at craftshapes.co.uk
          really really good shapes
          http://www.samigailsgifts.co.uk/
          Handmade personalised gifts for all occasions created by the art of pyrography
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          • #6
            And of Craftshapes don't have what you want, try Calico Crafts, as they have a some odd & unusual stuff...
            Cheers,
            Scorch

            Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
            Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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            • #7
              Thanks for the advice, but truth be told I would like to buy a large sheet and cut my own shapes if possible, can you buy it in a sheet??

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              • #8
                Yeah, sure you can - both MDF and plywood are sold in thin sheets at DIY shops. But they're typically quite large sheets - 2'x4' or 4'x8', though they may be able to cut it into manageable chunks for you there at the shop.

                You'll need a fretsaw or scrollsaw or similar to cut it with, and some sandpaper to smooth the edges afterwards. Take care not to breathe in the dust, especially from MDF.
                Cheers,
                Scorch

                Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
                Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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                • #9
                  Scorch - thank you so much for the advice - I am definately going to give it a try

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                  • #10
                    No worries! Best of luck - hope it turns out well for you...
                    Cheers,
                    Scorch

                    Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
                    Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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                    • #11
                      Hi....love wooden dec's had access to a bandsaw one yr and made hundreds of wooden christmas trees n stars was fast and easy to do made them from ply for hanging and from pine scraps on little stands for window sills etc.....

                      Pine scraps the stuff that gets thrown away usually....try the wood yard and ask for throw away stuff never know you might get lucky..have fun
                      Look forward to seeing the pics
                      Suz
                      http://8thofthe8thofthe8th.blogspot.com/ new for 2012

                      http://shroshirescrappersuz.blogspot.com/ 2009-2011

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                      • #12
                        I think that is a grat idea, and something that could become a tradition each year. I would use a light wood, yet something durable.

                        Out of interest do you have a keen interest in wood furniture in your home?
                        Wood crafting is a lost art, which can seen in the timeless beauty of solid oak furniture

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                        • #13
                          I may be biased

                          Hi

                          I may be biased as I both work with imitation gold leaf and sell it.

                          But It seems obvious to me that Christmas decorations of the type you are discussing, would look good highlighted in gilt.

                          I use a shellac based size (adhesive) though there are many others to choose from.

                          You can also get imitation silver leaf, but to me it doesnt work, it looks like alluminium.

                          You can also get genuine silver leaf which is not as pricey as 23 carat gold leaf.

                          So think about using metal leaf to bring your Christmas decorations to life.

                          Richard
                          For DIY gilding and antique finishes to gold leaf.
                          For the esoteric & unusual in bookbinding

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                          • #14
                            I have an 15 inch reusable advent calender christmas tree I made a few years ago I have the 2 pieces of tree that slide together so it stands up, a total of 24 little hooks onto which I put a little numbered bags with a little gift in

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                            • #15
                              Sweet idea

                              That sounds a sweet idea, I don't suppose you could post a picture of it?

                              I made a large papier mache egg and gilded it, it is the center of attention when easter comes around and we have an egg hunt.






                              Richard
                              For DIY gilding and antique finishes to gold leaf.
                              For the esoteric & unusual in bookbinding

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