There are only a few boxes left to unpack, and we will officially be moved in to our new house in our home state of Michigan. It is so good to be home and close to family! And occasionally we open a box that hasn’t been opened in years and it’s like Christmas has come early! LOL
Speaking of Christmas, for the first time I will be hosting Christmas for my family and I want to have a fabulous, knock-em dead, dinner table setting. My mom traditionally goes all-out for Christmas and I don’t want to disappoint!
Over the period of a few years my mom bought us a snowman themed tablecloth, dishes, serving platter and salt & pepper shakers. Unfortunately, the glassware didn’t make it through our multi-state move. Nevertheless, I really want to use this set for my first time hosting the family celebration. I started thinking about a comment Sandy McCauley made back in August at the KNK Retreat, and had a ‘Ta-Da’ moment. Do you remember the wax candle decoration project I posted a few months ago? I learned during that project that the wax would stick to almost any surface. Well, this wonderful material has become my knock-em dead solution for Christmas!
I happened to have a box of 4 x 8 wax sheets I picked up months ago that included all of the colors I needed to match the dishes. I took a photo of the plate, but there just wasn’t enough contrast to most of the colors to give me a traceable picture.
In the end, I simply used standard shapes in MTC, with a little bit of tweaking, to achieve the desired design. The snowman (including his top hat) is only 2″ tall on the glasses and 4″ tall on the candle.
- Wax sheets (I used black, white, orange, burgundy, and silver)
- Black Pen
- Thick Material (blue cap) Blade
- Blue painter’s tape
- Rag for cleaning blade
- Maxx Air 24″
- Blade exposure: the thickness of wax sheet
- Force: 10
- Speed: 160 mm/s
- Click here for support for the Maxx Air, Zing, Groove-E, or MTC if you have any questions about these settings
- In Make-the-Cut (MTC), add your shapes to the mat and create your design. Wax doesn’t work well for intricate designs, so keep them simple.
- Weld shapes together as needed.
- Use a moderately to very sticky mat and tape your wax to the mat.
- Align wax between the pinch wheels.
- Test cut a small square until your shapes are cut out cleanly. You will need to test cut each color as the thickness varies. The wax should cut very well:
- Cut out all of your shapes. Look at those tiny little carrots!
- Place the pieces together in their appropriate position and warm the wax in your hand.
- Lightly press the pieces together. The wax will feel sticky.
- Apply the warm, assembled design to your surface.
Now, for some tips and tricks:
- You can apply color to the wax with Copic Markers, Sharpies, or Viva Pearl Pens.
- If your cuts aren’t coming out clean (like the set on the right below) you need to check your blade. I started out first thing in the morning when the house was still cold and very little wax stuck to my blade. It didn’t take long though and the wax sheet started to warm up and get sticky.
- Remove all excess wax around your blade in between cuts. This can be easily done by exposing the blade fully and cleaning with a cotton rag; pulling ‘away’ from the blade holder. When clean, retract the blade to the correct length. Below is what my blade looked like after cutting the black and orange wax (on the right, above). And on the left side of the photo above is how it cut after cleaning my blade.
- As mentioned, wax can be warmed in your hand and reshaped. I rolled the carrot noses between my fingers to make them more rounded like a real carrot.
- You can pop your project in the freezer for a few minutes when you’re done with your project item to easily remove the wax and save for later use (if desired).
- Don’t throw away any of the ‘weeded’ wax. You can warm it up and reshape it, to use it for 3D shapes. Below is a very quickly formed example from this scrap wax:
- On the second snowman I was in a bit of a hurry, so I lightly waved a heat tool over the wax in my hand to speed up the process. The wax will become liquid quickly, so use caution.
Although I didn’t light the candle yet, this is how it will look at dinner time, in low light.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Have a safe and blessed holiday season.
Here is your Snowman cut file.