Sandy Hartman demonstrates her process for converting dominos into festive holiday ornaments.
angel, lighthouse rubber stamps
20-gauge artistic wire
large-holed beads and crystals
gold and purple sheer ribbon
black permanent rubberstamping ink
white and gold crackle spray paint
gold metallic spray paint
gold leaf pen
acrylic clear coat spray
round nose pliers and flat nose pliers
diagonal wire cutters
hammer and anvil
soap and bleach mixture
scrap piece of wood
safety glasses and latex gloves
alcohol inks and denatured alcohol
cardboard box lid
Note: Simultaneous directions are provided for both a gold and white angel domino ornament and a purple lighthouse ornament.
1. Wearing safety glasses, drill four corner holes in the dimples of each of the two dominos.
2. Drill one hole in the center of each domino. Place a scrap piece of wood under the dominos to protect the work surface from the drill. Wire will thread through these holes in a future step.
3. Thoroughly wash the drilled dominos with the soap and bleach mixture to remove any drill refuse. Dry thoroughly with paper towels.
4. For the angel domino spray the flat side of the domino with a gold undercoat of crackle spray paint. Wait 10 minutes for the first coat of gold undercoat to dry.
5. For the lighthouse domino, wear latex gloves and apply dots of various colors of alcohol inks to the flat side of the domino.
6. Apply denatured alcohol to the felt dauber and dab it over the inks to blend the inks together. Speed the drying with a heat gun.
7. Spray a coat of white crackle spray on the angel domino.
8. Let dominos cure at least 24 hours.
9. Ink the angel rubber stamp image, with permanent black rubberstamping ink, and press it onto the gold and white angel domino.
10. Ink the lighthouse rubber stamp with permanent black ink and stamp the image onto the purple alcohol ink based domino.
11. Set the rubberstamped images on the dominos with a fixative spray and to prevent the ink from running. Let dry.
12. Apply a light coat of clear acrylic spray to the dominos. Let dry one hour.
13. Turn the dominos over and lightly spray paint the side with the dots with metallic gold spray paint. Let dry thoroughly.
14. Cover the four sides of the dominos with an 18K gold leaf wide-tip pen. Drying will occur almost immediately.
15. For the angel domino, use diagonal wire cutters to cut a 15-20 inch length of 20-gauge artistic wire and in the center, twist it together three to four times, leaving an oval at the top.
16. Slip a large-holed glass bead through both pieces of wire to hide the twists of the wire.
17. Thread the wire through the holes in the top of the domino piece, crisscross the wire at the back and proceed to wire wrap the domino piece.
18. With one wire in front of the domino and one wire in back of the domino, twist the two ends of the wire together and using a matching large-holed bead, hide the twists at the bottom of the domino piece.
19. Slip a chandelier crystal onto one of the wires and bend the wire up, twisting it to secure the crystal. With the other wire end, scroll the end and twist around, having the scroll at the front as a decorative piece.
20. Use round tip pliers to tighten the wire wrapping around the domino ornament by twisting the wire between the tips of the pliers. This will secure the wire in a decorative fashion.
21. Cut a piece of chiffon ribbon and attach it to the loop at the top of the angel ornament.
22. For the lighthouse ornament, cut a 15-20 inch length of 20-gauge artistic wire and in the center, twist it together three to four times, leaving an oval at the top. Slip a large-holed glass bead through both pieces of wire to hide the twists of the wire. Thread the wire through the holes in the top of the domino piece, crisscross the wire at the back and proceed to wire wrap the domino piece. Thread the wire through a bead at the bottom.
23. Cut a piece of purple sheer ribbon and thread it through the wire loop at the top of the ornament.
Domino Art Holiday Ornaments by Sandy Hartman from Houston, Texas.
Sandy Forrest-Hartman’s grandmother taught her to take the opportunity to enjoy learning a new thing, no matter what her age. So today, she enjoys teaching craft classes around Houston, instructing individuals to channel their creative inner child. She also enjoys making her own crafts, like these holiday ornaments.