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How To Create This HOME Sign
Hello friends! In this tutorial I am going to show you how I created this wonderful HOME sign that has interchangeable “O” wreaths for each season.
(This post is sponsored by WORX and Hometalk. Although, all the opinions and information given are 100% my own.)
Before we get started, let me show you a little bit about this amazing new tool set, the MAKERX by WORX, that will be available in most stores soon. It is a handheld craft and hobby tool that has interchangeable parts. With just this one set of tools you can do almost anything you can think of. The battery sits on a separate platform, so you don’t have to try to hold the weight of a battery in your hand while you’re doing fine detail work, which is so helpful! Not only does this tool come with the battery and the charger, and the connecting port for that battery, it also has an angle grinder, air brush paint sprayer, rotary tool, wood burning/soldering tool, and a heat gun! So many options, it’s amazing!
So let’s get started with our project. I wanted my words to be held on with magnets (incase I wanted to put something else on this), so I needed my background to be metal. I bought this sheet of metal at my local home-improvement store, but it was just a little bit too big to fit my frames properly. So used the angle grinder and cut down the metal to the appropriate size. I secured my metal onto my WORX Pegasus table, putting the area that needed to be cut into the channel. You do not need this though, you could place your metal off an edge to cut also. (Although I LOVE this table and highly recommend it!)
Next, I needed to attach the correct blade to the angle grinder. It comes with a metal blade and 2 other grinding disks, plus the hex key to unlock the holding screw.
Once attached, I turned that baby on and let it loose. I proceeded to cut my metal down to size. My cut does look a bit rough, but for never having cut metal before, I will take it!
Moving on to the frame that holds that metal piece... I love a little added detail in my decor, so I took a plain wood frame, and burnt a design into it with the wood burning and soldering tool. It comes with a bunch of cool tips also!
I used the woodburning tool and turned it all the way up to 900 degrees. Different woods and surfaces will take different temperatures. It has interchangeable tips so you can use what works best for your project. I used the flat tip that is used for shading a lot, but I found it worked great for straight lines. I placed the very hot tip of my wood burning tool on the wood frame and created a line design with it, that is now engraved in the wood.
To finish off this frame I waxed the whole thing with Annie Sloan dark wax to give it a dark rustic wood frame.
It is a one step process with no additional topcoat needed.
To secure the metal into the wood frame, I used glazing pins and pushed them into place. These hold your metal where you want it.
Next, I started working on the home part of the design. I cut these letters out of MDF myself (with a laser cutting machine), but you can find them at almost any hobby section of a store or craft store. Before I painted the letters, I attached magnets to the back of them and the "O" wreath.
I used the airbrush sprayer to paint the letters. I could have used spray paint, but every time I buy a can of spray paint, use it once, and go back to it later, the nozzles are clogged and don't work right. I feel like I just throw five dollars down the drain. By using the air brush sprayer, I can have such a bigger variety of colors, and not end up having to throw away junk spray paint cans.
This paint sprayer is the tool I’m most excited about in the whole kit, there are so many possibilities from ombréd colors to cake decorating, to small detail. I used slightly watered down acrylic paint (Apple Barrel English Ivy Green) in the sprayer, although they do make special airbrushing paint, and airbrushing medium to thin paints with. (The formula I used to thin it is 1.5 tablespoons of water to 2oz. of acrylic craft paint.) This seemed to work just fine, so why make it more complicated and buy products I don’t need. There is such a large variety of acrylic paint colors available, that I can easily grab and change out colors.
To paint, I turned the sprayer on, adjusted the flow on the back dial and pulled the toggle back and pushed down. You can adjust it to get the desired speed and consistency.
Once the paint was dry, I placed the letters and wreath of the current season onto the metal. You can easily change the wreath out for the season, or take the HOME off all together and have a neat magnet board.
And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this project and getting to see the new WORXS tools in action as much as I did! As always if you have any questions, just ask!
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