Techniques to Know
Basic Wood Staining
Glue Gun Safety
1. Separate three same size embroidery hoops into two pieces, inside hoops and outside hoops with the screw clasp.
2. Lightly sand the three inside pieces and two outside pieces of the separated hoops.
3. Nestle three inside hoop pieces and one outside hoop piece (use this one last) together so they are evenly spaced and form a spherical shape. Adjust the screw on the last piece. Carefully secure the hoop pieces together by placing dots of hot glue between the hoops where they overlap with one another. Allow the hot glue to set.
4. Use a rag and/or foam paintbrush to stain the inside and outside of all the four hoop pieces. Stain the last outside hoop piece separately. Allow stain to fully dry.
5. Open the screw on the last hoop piece and slide it down around the middle of the sphere shape. Carefully tighten the screw clasp around the sphere, being sure not to tighten so much it cracks the wood in the other hoop pieces. Place a dot of glue underneath this hoop piece where it intersects with the other hoops. Allow glue to set.
6. If embellishing with tacks, use a wire cutter to trim off tack stems as close to the bases of the tack as possible. Use the glue gun to place dots of glue where the hoops intersect. Push the trimmed tacks down onto the glue. Allow glue to cure.