Monday, March 25, 2013

Decoupage With Resin

resin frames
I originally bought resin to play around with in my jewelry projects.  I tried out a few molds and didn’t care for the results in consideration of the effort put into it.   I packed away my supplies of the stuff until I had inspiration to use it again.
A few years ago…seems to be a trend here…I had the idea of changing some very ugly letter blocks into some heirloom art for my daughter.  I printed off some images of my grandmother, mom, daughter and I with Lazertran paper.  I had already painted the surface an off white cream color and pasted down some French calligraphy  scrapbook paper.  The Lazertran paper allows the image to be transparent for layering different images or textures.  I was okay with what I had.  I needed more frou-frou.  I scrounges around my stuff and found some Victorian images made for decoupage.  Again it was an okay moment.  They needed more…stuff.  So I began the process of gluing beads down.  Some areas were quite dimensional and did not feel secure enough for me.   I remembered the resin and figured all I had to lose was some time if it went south on me.  I think they came out beautifully.  I’m not quite done with them.  I need to finish the sides and they will be ready to be hung.
resin frames
The height of the beads on some areas are quite high, but the resin has made them sturdy and secure.
resin frames
While I had the resin supplies out I decided to go ahead and play around with it some more.  I had some old glass…vases…candle holders that my mom had put gold foil on and antiqued.  They were fine-they didn’t bother me, but I certainly didn’t ‘love’ them.  At the time I could only fine one of the two so I can show you a pretty good before and after shot.  Just simply decoupage over the existing finish with napkins and sealed all around with resin that was brushed on.  I also had a set of vases on stands.  There had been three, but breakage brought that number down to two.  I decided to go ahead and match them to what I thought at the time was the single vase and give them to my daughter for makeup brush storage.
resin decoupage
resin decoupage
I made more than I needed, and out of curiosity I grabbed a little cardboard box off of my shelf and gave it a coating of resin as well.  I think soap came in it at one time.  It worked great and makes the little box feel more substantial.
resin topcoat
resin topcoat
I have plans to refurbish my kitchen countertops with paint and some bar top resin.  It just a matter of time.  All depends on when my husband and myself work up the courage to give it a go.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Vintage Needle Storage

I found this precious little box a few years ago in a junk store in Tennessee.

I had already added a pin cushion underneath the lid and dumped all my needles into it.  I really didn’t have any other plans for it than that.  I love the little dovetail joints on this box, and being that it is cedar it seemed a shame to cover it up with paint or anything else.

After having success with heat transferring images to my oak coffee table I thought this would be a little gem to try out some images from the Graphics Fairy.
I did a light sanding and started out as before.  Apparently I should have done a little more sanding because the heat of the tool soaked out whatever this box was sealed with and it interfered with the image transfer.

With nothing to lose I sanded some more and had much better results.  Allowing the heating tool more time to get hot also helped in the process.

It stained well and now it is just a matter of leaving it to dry before getting a clear coat on top of it all.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Making It Pretty With Resin Decoupage

I have this old project tray that my husband made for my oldest son to work on model airplanes.  Models were not my son’s thing and so I snagged this little tray for my own use.  It’s about 12 years old and I really have not used it much.  In the madness of organizing and getting rid of things I put this out in the hallway to think about later.  After getting things pulled back together in my workspace I pulled it back in and gave it a little TLC.

I had no plan of action of what exactly I wanted to do to it so I started off with a light base coat of off white.  I grabbed a couple of colors and started slapping on the paint.

I came across some crackling medium and in the spirit of using supplies that I own slapped some of that on with some acid lime green for the heck of it.

I left the work surface of the tray alone, along with the inside back of the frame.  I did know I wanted those areas to be more decorative.  With all the bright colors I thought about just going with some bright pink scrapbooking paper.  After trying out a few I came across some Tim Holtz paper I had been hoarding.  I had already used some of this in the back of my hutch and I thought I may as well continue with this ‘theme’.

I carried the paper up the sides to cover up some of the gap between the sides and bottom.  I have used this for beading while watching T.V. and saw where I had lost some down the sides.  To make it more sturdy and user friendly I decided to give it a coat of resin.

I am happy…ish with how it turned out.  I probably will use it about the same.  So far I haven’t been more inspired to work on something because of it.  Hopefully I will remember to use it when I can to protect other surfaces.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Organizing with Cameo Silhouette

While shopping for supplies at Home Depot I came across a sweet deal for a tool chest.  I have been pricing them to store my art supplies and had been on the fence about purchasing one or making do with storage I already have.  I could not pass up a sale of $150 for a stainless steel one. 
After tearing apart my workspace and loading my new treasure up I couldn’t resist making up some labels for my drawers with my Cameo.  They are much needed as I sometimes organize myself out of being able to remember where I have put my stuff.  My Dynamo labeler just didn’t seem up to par for such a nice chest.

It was a challenge getting the vinyl to initially stick to the stainless steel-it wanted to stay on the transfer paper.  I had to very carefully use a rolling technique along with some tweezers to insure the vinyl would come off correctly.  I doubled my insurance by going over all of it and making sure it was sticking.  So far so good.
I also had to dress it up a bit with some more vinyl.

I’m very happy with my purchase, and fluffing it up was well worth the time spent doing it.  At that price I really hate to have just one, when two would be the storage space of my dreams.  Keeping my fingers crossed that there is still one left for sale.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bathroom Makeover Using Etching Creme and Silhouette Cameo

The only border left to go is in my living room.  This was by far the most demanding and my fingertips are still sore from an entire day of picking off tiny bits of wallpaper-thank goodness for audio books!

We needed more storage in there and the only solution I wanted to do was a cabinet behind the toilet.
Pirahna wallpaper stripper
Another thing was to replace the light or paint the metal white…or con my husband into a not so nice rewiring job on a beautiful pair of light fixtures that my mom had been using as candle holders.  After pricing light fixtures-with me-hubby agreed to the job.  I got stuck with all other matters.
I also really liked how the framing of the mirror in the upstairs bath made it feel more finished.  I knew making a curvy frame to fit this mirror was beyond our skill level and quite frankly time frame set for this project.  I decided to give glass etching a try to help things along.
I bounced back and forth from the mirror and smoothing out the damaged walls.

I found a sweet little silhouette from the Cameo store by Hero Arts.  A lot of detail, but I assumed my Cameo was up to the job.  I used some orange vinyl to cut and block the acid etching cream.  My Cameo did not do a great job and knowing that it is a champ with the finer details I suspect I should have gone in an done some tweaking to the image to get a cleaner cut.  Instead for time’s sake I simplified the image as I weeded it.  It was a good thing because it was a job getting it back off of the mirror and I don’t think my fingers could have taken anymore abuse at that point.

Patience is a virtue when using this stuff.  I read various tips from different users of this product and had the impression that it really only takes 5 minutes.  Not in my case-read the directions!  I had a go at this twice and I did not get an even etching.  Since this was the first time I have tried this I have to assume it was user error and not the product’s characteristic.  Nonetheless I am happy with the overall result.  Although with a mirror, unless you are looking straight on at the image, it does tend to have a blurriness about it.  I’m guessing the reflection plays into this.

After hunting around locally for a cabinet to go behind my toilet, I had to resort to the internet.  Some of the local stores are certainly ‘proud’ of their stuff as my husband would say…meaning the price was more than I was willing to pay for.  I was thrilled to find a pretty cabinet at Overstock for $53-shipping included!

I really like how the broken glass reflects the wall color-instant matching!  The directions to put it together were some of the best that I have come across.

Once the wallpaper was down and the paint was up there really wasn’t much for me to do except be patient for my husband to work on that light already.

It wasn’t a nice job-they are very delicate and didn’t make the trip home with me in one piece so we had to scavenge from both to make one light, or rather hubby did.

It took him 4 hours to rewire this beauty.  I think he did a great job and I’m glad he didn’t cut himself in the process!

rewiring vintage light fixture
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