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Merry Tag Tutorial
Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Clean the door blanks in a tumbler for 2-3 hours, or with fine-grit sandpaper and a polishing cloth.
Find a pleasing portion of the Christmas tin, that fits in the window of the door blank. Draw around outside of door blank with a fine-point permanent marker. Cut tin with shears.
Stamp a word or phrase on the front, and add texture as desired with texturing hammer(s). Stamp or hammer a design or pattern on the back too.
To make your pattern stand out, antique the brass pieces with Win-Ox. Dry thoroughly and polish as desired. Don't wait until the end to antique your design, as you don't know exactly what the "tin" is made of.
Sandwich the tin between the 2 piece of the door blank, align edges carefully, and hold bottom half in place with Ring Clamp. Wedge clamp firmly to hold tight.
Punch a 3/32" hole through all 3 pieces, in one top corner. Slide a 3/32" diameter 3/32" long eyelet through this hole, and use the 3/32" eyelet flaring set to secure it. Repeat for other other top corner.