Jigging Frosties

My offline life is speeding up so the online blog is getting off-schedule. Here’s a peek at what pulls me away from the computer these days.

JigWorkSpace

In mid-October I was able to purchase Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig Starter Kit, which I eagerly anticipated.

JigArrival

I consulted with Brenda via email on the various Rounds she had, and ordered the Big Rounds set for my Frosty the Snowman Holiday Ornaments.

FrostyRounds

I joyfully set up the jig on a sunny day.

JigSetup

Then I dove in with the frosty-making.

JigSmallFrosty

Once I had added an ‘allowance’ for the wire, twisting the strips was easy-peasy.

jiggingwire

Having the option of making various sizes of Frosties is great.

Jigging

It beats using the household mandrels I used last year, and makes the process much faster.

Mandrels

I still do some hand-bending after the base is completed.

bending

Then I heat up the griddle for their adornments.

Griddle

Sometimes a bit of smashing is required to flatten the snowmen out again.

flattening

I tried setting up the jig for trees and angels too but that requires a little more finessing (more pegs in particular).

TreeAngelJig

Productivity is booming for the holiday season!

FrostyProduction

You’ll see my frosties, angels and other holiday ornaments on Etsy, at Aurora Rose Boutique in Lemont, Dragonfly Boutique in Evanston, The Evanston Art Center’s EXPO, the Waukegan West class of 1990 fundraiser and the Bucktown Holiday Fair.

FrostiesJigged

Necklace pendants, earrings and key chains are also in the works.

pendantsWIP

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