Like most artists/crafters, I save things. "I'm going to do something with that some day." Which is why I still had some spindles from book shelves I used
So that was my inspiration to finally do something with those spindles. I first cut the spindles down to various sizes.
I drew some angel wings free-hand, made a paper template and cut them out of thin plywood with my band saw.
You can see that some of the spindles were in rough shape since they had been painted over several times. So I sanded, used wood filler if necessary, and gave them all a coat of primer.
I had some unfinished wood stars so those went on the front of the angels.
Now the mess starts! Are you like me? I pull EVERYTHING out and I pile so much on my work table that I end up working in a space about 8 inches square! ( I dream of a studio with standing height tables ALL AROUND THE ROOM. But I digress ....)
I have quite a collection. Will I ever use it all up??
When I have some little things to spray paint and/or glitter, I use a floral foam block. I just strung a wire around these pine cones, stuck them in the foam and spray painted them all around. The wire allowed me to hold them while I glittered them, then back to the foam to dry. Works pretty well.
Here we go a-gluing ... a-gluing ... a-gluing ....
Here I'm just starting to glue the decorations on the front star. No secret technique here, except that I start on the outside and work toward the middle and keep tucking in pieces until it's good and full. The ribbon bow is usually the last thing I add.
"Ready for my closeup."
Here's some of the angels I created. Although most have been sold, I still have a few listed in the sale section in my shop.
Here's the littlest angel - just 4-1/2 inches high.
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