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Make Blown Glass Indent Ornaments ~ Tutorial Steps + Supplies


Supplies: Blown Glass Indents, Scraps, Petite and Small Dresden Borders, Dresden Halos + Stars, Petite Fabric Trims, Scissors, Clear-Drying Craft Glue (like Aleene's)

Step 1: Gather your supplies: Cut out scraps and Dresden pieces, match halos to scraps, pair different sizes of Dresden borders with fabric trims, etc.

Step 2: We will work from the inside of the indent out.  If using a Dresden halo: Glue scrap to halo, let dry. Next add glue only to the parts of the scrap (or scrap + Dresden) that will touch the inside of the indent.  There is no need to coat the entire back -- in our example we used two drops of glue at the top and bottom of the Santa scrap.

Step 3: Gently place your scrap inside the indent making sure your glue touches the ornament.  Make sure you like the positioning and adjust if necessary.  Let dry.

Step 4: Gently bend a piece of petite Dresden border with points pointing inward.  Bend a longer piece than you think necessary -- you will trim the extra later.   Hold it up to judge how it will be placed, how it looks, etc. 

Step 5:   Lightly add glue directly onto your ornament along the edge of the indent.  Starting at the bottom (at 6 o-clock), gently apply the Dresden border, working your way all the way around.  Trim any excess border.  Let dry.

Step 6: Next add the fabric trim.  Cut a piece longer than necessary, hold it up to determine placement.   For looped trims, we like to position it with the loops pointing outward.  When pleased, glue trim in place starting at the bottom of the ornament just like with the Dresden border and trim any excess.  We like to add the glue right along the edge of the Dresden border so it slightly overlaps but does not obscure any of the points.  Let dry.

Step 7: Optional: Glue a Dresden star over where the fabric trims meet.  Let dry.

Tips: Try placing your supplies first before glueing to get a feel for placement, color combos, etc. 

If the indent is pretty inside, consider incorporating it instead of hiding it -- you can glue your scrap along the inside bottom edge of the indent so the colorfulness will show.  This is a good technique if you're using the colors inside the indent itself as a "halo".

No scrap needed: Try embellishing an indent that already has something in the center like the cat face, mushrooms, or Santa indents below.

Don't be afraid to go tiny! We like to see the ornament as well as the embellishments.  Tiny scraps look great tucked way inside the indent.

Use the design on the ornament as your guide: Add an extra Dresden border along a stripe of color (like below right).  Or work around existing glittering by incorporating it into your design (like below left).



Antique Gold Dresden Foil Flowers ~ 200

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Flowers ~ 200

$4.95

Antique Gold Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

Antique Gold Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

Out of Stock!

Beautiful Devoted Angels Scraps ~ Germany ~ New for 2012

Beautiful Devoted Angels Scraps ~ Germany ~ New for 2012

$2.35

Blue and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Blue and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$9.95

Green and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Green and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$9.95

Light Yellow and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Light Yellow and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$9.95

Mixed Medium Angels Scraps ~ Germany ~ New for 2016

Mixed Medium Angels Scraps ~ Germany ~ New for 2016

Out of Stock!

Mixed Small Pastel Angels Scraps ~ Germany ~ New for 2016

Mixed Small Pastel Angels Scraps ~ Germany ~ New for 2016

$2.35

Old Fashioned St. Nicholas Scraps with Glitter ~ Germany

Old Fashioned St. Nicholas Scraps with Glitter ~ Germany

Out of Stock!

Old Fashioned St. Nicholas Scraps ~ Germany ~ New for 2014

Old Fashioned St. Nicholas Scraps ~ Germany ~ New for 2014

$2.35

Orange and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Orange and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$9.95

Pink and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Pink and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$9.95

Red and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Red and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$9.95

Silver Dresden Foil Flowers ~ 200

Silver Dresden Foil Flowers ~ 200

$4.95

Silver Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

Silver Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

$2.95

Yellow and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Yellow and Silver Patina Indent Reflector Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$9.95

Aqua Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

Aqua Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

$2.95

Cat Indent Blown Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Cat Indent Blown Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$12.95

Mushroom Indent Blown Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 3" tall

Mushroom Indent Blown Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 3" tall

$16.95

Mushroom Indent Blown Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 4" tall

Mushroom Indent Blown Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 4" tall

$16.95

Petite Fancy Picot Edge Trim in Pink ~ 3/16" wide

Petite Fancy Picot Edge Trim in Pink ~ 3/16" wide

$2.65

Petite Fancy Picot Edge Trim in Red ~ 3/16" wide

Petite Fancy Picot Edge Trim in Red ~ 3/16" wide

$2.65

Petite Fancy Picot Edge Trim in Silver Grey ~ 3/16" wide

Petite Fancy Picot Edge Trim in Silver Grey ~ 3/16" wide

$2.65

Pretty Angel and Bells Scraps ~ Germany

Pretty Angel and Bells Scraps ~ Germany

$2.35

Red Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

Red Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

$2.95

Sacred Heart and Religious Vignette Scraps with Glitter ~ Germany

Sacred Heart and Religious Vignette Scraps with Glitter ~ Germany

$3.25

Santa Indent Blown Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

Santa Indent Blown Glass Ornament ~ Germany ~ 2-1/2" tall

$16.95

Steel Blue Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

Steel Blue Dresden Pennant Point Trim ~ 1/4" wide

$2.95

Gold Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

Gold Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

$2.95

Light Blue Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

Light Blue Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

$2.95

Petite Fancy Loop Edge Trim in Metallic Gold ~ 1/8" wide

Petite Fancy Loop Edge Trim in Metallic Gold ~ 1/8" wide

Out of Stock!

Petite Fancy Loop Edge Trim in Metallic Old Gold ~ 1/8" wide

Petite Fancy Loop Edge Trim in Metallic Old Gold ~ 1/8" wide

$2.65

Petite Fancy Loop Edge Trim in Metallic Old Silver ~ 1/8" wide

Petite Fancy Loop Edge Trim in Metallic Old Silver ~ 1/8" wide

$2.65

Petite Fancy Loop Edge Trim in Metallic Silver ~ 1/8" wide

Petite Fancy Loop Edge Trim in Metallic Silver ~ 1/8" wide

$2.65

Pink Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

Pink Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

$2.95

Silver Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

Silver Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

$2.95

Gold Dresden Foil Flowers ~ 102

Gold Dresden Foil Flowers ~ 102

$2.95

Steel Blue Dresden Foil Flowers ~ 102

Steel Blue Dresden Foil Flowers ~ 102

$2.95

Victorian Santa Scraps ~ Germany

Victorian Santa Scraps ~ Germany

$2.35

Gold Dresden Foil Star Medallions ~ 54

Gold Dresden Foil Star Medallions ~ 54

$4.95

Santa & Bells Scraps ~ Germany

Santa & Bells Scraps ~ Germany

$2.35

Silver Dresden Foil Star Medallions ~ 54

Silver Dresden Foil Star Medallions ~ 54

$4.95

Gold Dresden Foil Daisies ~ 33

Gold Dresden Foil Daisies ~ 33

$2.95

Silver Dresden Foil Daisies ~ 33

Silver Dresden Foil Daisies ~ 33

$2.95

Victorian Santa Christmas Scraps ~ Germany ~ 2010

Victorian Santa Christmas Scraps ~ Germany ~ 2010

$2.35