Witchy Crystal Ball Candlestick

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The inspiration for this project came from the amazing collection of candlesticks at Flamingo Toes. Be sure to stop by and see Bev’s spooky creations. She used smoke in her crystal balls while I chose a light coating of silver paint. The fun illusion of the face floating inside the ball is easy to achieve and can be seen from the front and back. The crystal balls are simple to make and provide just the right atmosphere for Halloween. Perch the spheres on candlesticks, glassware, decorated toilet paper rolls or any container with an opening large enough to allow the ball to balance securely.  

Directions

step 1 - Remove the metal hanger from the glass ornament. Fill the paint cup with the silver paint. Insert the airbrush into the ball opening. Spray a very light coat of paint inside. Turn the ball to reach the sides.  Stop often and hold the ball up to the light to see how heavy the coating is. It won’t require much for a smoky effect.

step 1 - Remove the metal hanger from the glass ornament. Fill the paint cup with the silver paint. Insert the airbrush into the ball opening. Spray a very light coat of paint inside. Turn the ball to reach the sides.  Stop often and hold the ball up to the light to see how heavy the coating is. It won’t require much for a smoky effect.

step 2 - Do a Google image search for a witch, zombie or other spooky character.  The ideal image will be black and white.  The image you choose may be copyright protected. It is your responsibility to determine if it is in the public domain and if you can legally use it. Open the image in a drawing program and enlarge it to fit inside a 3.50” circle. Create a half inch wide stem leading to the circle.

step 2 - Do a Google image search for a witch, zombie or other spooky character.  The ideal image will be black and white.  The image you choose may be copyright protected. It is your responsibility to determine if it is in the public domain and if you can legally use it. Open the image in a drawing program and enlarge it to fit inside a 3.50” circle. Create a half inch wide stem leading to the circle.

step 3 - Print the image on clear transparency film. You can find the film in scrapbooking departments of craft stores but I found the best prices on Amazon.  With scissors, cut inside the black line of the stem. Cut around the black edges of the image. Rough cut around irregular shapes like the hair.

step 3 - Print the image on clear transparency film. You can find the film in scrapbooking departments of craft stores but I found the best prices on Amazon.  With scissors, cut inside the black line of the stem. Cut around the black edges of the image. Rough cut around irregular shapes like the hair.

step 4 - Create a plug for the ornament opening with cork or other material. Cut a gash in the center and insert two thirds of the stem.

step 4 - Create a plug for the ornament opening with cork or other material. Cut a gash in the center and insert two thirds of the stem.

step 5 - Vertically roll up the image so that it fits inside the ornament opening. Insert it. The plastic will pop open and stand up inside. Pull the stem down and push the plug up until it is seated in the opening. 

step 5 - Vertically roll up the image so that it fits inside the ornament opening. Insert it. The plastic will pop open and stand up inside. Pull the stem down and push the plug up until it is seated in the opening. 

step 6 - Adjust the stem up or down as necessary. Once in place cut off the excess stem. Hot glue the stem to the plug.

step 6 - Adjust the stem up or down as necessary. Once in place cut off the excess stem. Hot glue the stem to the plug.

step 7 - Center the letter stencil over the design and close to the bottom of the cube. Mask off the rest of the design and airbrush the letter with orange paint.

step 7 - Center the letter stencil over the design and close to the bottom of the cube. Mask off the rest of the design and airbrush the letter with orange paint.

step 8 - Use a fine marker to draw window panes. With a paint brush, touch up any imperfections in the paint lines of the design.

step 8 - Use a fine marker to draw window panes. With a paint brush, touch up any imperfections in the paint lines of the design.

step 9 - Tie bows on the wire photo holders with orange polka dot ribbon. Add your photos.


Supplies

At Amazon

  •  4” clear glass ornaments
  •  printable transparency film

At Testors.com

  •  Aztek airbrush
  •  9471 Aztek Silver paint
  •  paint cup

Miscellaneous

  •  Cork or other material for plug
  •  Scissors

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