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  • 1. A CROSS TO SHARE Building Your Cross To Share Gene Chism
  • 2. CONSTRUCTION OF A CROSS FROM CLOTHESPINS
  • 3. Clothespins, spring type 20Clamps, spring type 4 ea.Wax paper 8” x 8”Flat piece of wood 4” x 8” – ¾”Glue – Woodworking waterproof – This is supplied free.Brush – small for glue.Sandpaper grit size 150 1 sheetSandpaper grit size 210 1 sheetBlock of wood for sanding 2 x 3Hanger & screwNewspaper for top of tablePaper cup – smallPaper towels 4 Cost of above material is $10.50 or ifyou wish you may do your ownshopping at one of the hobby supplystores in the area.SUPPLIES
  • 4. 1. The first step is to gather up 16 clothespins and I suggest maybe 3 or 4 in addition.2. Inspect the pins for roughness and lightly sand if you find it necessary.PHASE 1
  • 5. It is my belief that after you havecompleted this project it will openyour eyes to the time needed in theconstruction.Please feel free to work on theproject at home. You can use thistime to glue the pins for the nextclass.
  • 6. DIRECTIONS1. Remove springs.2. Glue 1 pin back to back. Use your wax paper to separate the pin being glued from another object.3. Glue balance of pins (15) face to face. Being careful to keep them aligned properly. These pins should be glued a few at a time and held tightly together for a good bond. Allow glue to set overnight. Clamps may be removed after 30 – 45 minutes.4. At this point you are ready to start the construction of your cross.5. Start placement of pins to form cross but only 2 or 3 pins at a time. By following this detail of the construction you have better control of the assembly process. Use the pin from number 2 above to form the foundation of the cross.
  • 7. 1. Take apart the pins but keep them in pairs.2. Now that you have disassembled the pins you will want to glue 1 pin as shown in the far upper right side of the picture. This is glued back to back.3. The other 15 pins will be glued as shown the 2nd from the right. Make certain that you align the pins.4. The springs may be thrown away unless you can think of another use for them. A possibility would be to make a bracelet for the grand-daughter.PHASE 2
  • 8. 1. You will use the one pin that is glued back to back to start the cross.2. To this add a normal glued pin to the bottom as shown in left photo.3. The next step is to add supporting pins to the basic as seen in the upper right photo.4. Now we start to add and this will strengthen the cross.5. We will move on to the next phase.PHASE 3
  • 9. DIRECTIONSYou must be careful in the construction making certain that the pinsare aligned properly. If not, the cross will not be constructedcorrectly and perhaps be weak.As you apply glue be certain to wipe off any excess glue from thepin or pins. Use a paper towel or cloth that is damp. Not wet butdamp. If too much water comes in contact with the glue then theglue joint will not be strong.Sand your cross and apply the finish of your choice.
  • 10. Here we start the arms of thecross and at this point we areattaching the pins without muchcontact being given. Please becareful, as this will determinethe strength of the cross.Notice how we have on the leftside started to add the threepins. Before we complete thesewith glue we have addedanother pin to the originalvertical pin. This helps to givesupport and tie the grouptogether.After this part has had time toset, we start on the right sideand repeat the placement.PHASE 4
  • 11. A finished picture of yourproject. You may paint, stainand add to this as you wish.We leave a lot to yourimagination and skills. It ispossible to find miniatureflowers at one of the hobbystores to decorate the crossIn the assembly of the cross, itis very important that thejoining of the parts are in goodcontact with each piece andthat the glue is allowed toharden over night before anystress is used in handling theparts. We cannot emphasizethis enough Some of theconnection are very delicateand do not allow much of asurface contact for gluing.THIS IS YOUR CROSS TO SHARE
  • 12. STAIN FINISH STAIN FINISH WITH MINIATURE FLOWERSAT LAST FINISHED, BUT YOU HAVE TOMAKE THE CHOICE OF HOW YOU WISH TOFINISH YOUR CROSS.

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