Friday, February 10, 2017

DIY Metallic Finish with Spray Paint on Wood


This  is a project I completed back in summer.  I never got around to posting it earlier,
but now that it's freezing outside, it's a good time to get it posted now.

I started off with these cute, wooden, white pillar columns, on the right.

Yep, they were fine like they are but I needed something darker so they'd stand out better in my lighter themed booth. And to make a more bold statement.

So I decided to give them a bronzed, metallic finish by just using Rustoleum's spray paint in Metallic, below.

One coat was all it took.  And i actually has a good, thick coating to it.  Even the grooves in the wood all took the paint good the first time.





All and all they turned out pretty good and just what I was going for.
I will be able to sit things on these that need some good attention drawn to them.
And I'm sure they will get it.

I definitely think the almost $4.00 I spent on the can of Rustoleum Metallic Spray paint was worth it.
And oh yea, one can did both of them in a good, thick coating.
Just think of the things you could use this paint on for your crafting!

See ya'll next time,
~Lisa
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

DIY PRIMITIVE GINGER BREAD MEN


Hey ya'll!
Here's some cute hand-made gingerbread men that I've been recently making.


I sell most of these online on ebay rather than in my craft booth at the local co-op.
Not sure why more tend to sell online, but they do.
Guessing more crafters out here, like me, online looking for things to make :-)

And in case ya'll wanna give a batch a try, here's how I make'em.

Okay, you'll wanna gather your supplies.
You can either make this out of a self hardening clay (which is ready to go) or salt dough that you'll have to make and bake.

Here's my cinnamon salt dough recipe if ya'll need it.
NOTE: Not needed if you are using a clay that self hardens.

Cinnamon Salt Dough Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • ½ cup water (sometimes you add a bit more)
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil (this makes it a little more flexible, and is optional)
  • half cup cinnamon

I mix it all up in a bowl, adding a bit more of water, if needed. It should be firm but still good and flexible.


Knead it for a bit and get it all mixed good. If you want colored dough, you could easily add food coloring or something natural like coffee or tea. 

When it's ready and easy to manage, I take out a candy mold with the gingerbread men shapes. Keep in mind this craft is endless with shape opportunities! Thankfully, I am a collector of candy and cookie molds.

Just press in the amount of  salt dough or clay needed into your shapes, no coating spray needed inside, by the way. It just makes them sticky.

Press firmly, trying to get out all air pockets and wrinkles in your mix. And then easily pop them back out. 


As seen, I've found that the clear plastic candy molds work best. This way you can see it as you are molding them.

If you used self hardening clay, just sit them aside and let them dry for 24 hours then decorate.

Look close, not all of them come out perfect. But that's okay with primitive crafts.
I like some a bit different and older looking.
If you used the salt dough recipe,
Then it's time to stick them in the preheated oven at 300* for about 45 minutes. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It mostly depends on the thickness of the salt dough. The just take them out and let them cool.

Here's how I finished my batch above off after they dried.

I took some apple barrel paint in burnt umber, a very wet paper towel, and dabbed it on the gingerbread man.

The added water gives it an old appearance when it dries.  Take a closer look at what I mean.
Oh, and I had also taken some burgundy red and dabbed on some cute heart buttons down the front.
And two little dots for eyes.

And to seal them, I used some basic, off brand, elmer's glue. I had to cut a slot in my bottle cause my top was glued shut and would not even twist off for nothing. That's why I have duct tape on it below. To seal up my cut. lol.

Put a good amount on it but don't make it too thick, it will gaum up.

Here they are staring to dry. They will appear a lot darker.

But they lighted up as they dry.


And wa'la~ 




Here's a batch of some cute little gingerbread men ready to go for crafting needs or decorations.
They also look cute sitting around in a bowl as bowl fillers with cinnamon sticks and such.

EACH MEASURE approximately: 1.5  inches in height each x 1.5 inches in width each.
And just think how cute these would be as bigger ones! You can even put a hole in them before they dry to use as hanging Christmas ornaments or tag add-ons to spruce up gifts!
Endless ideas for the little Ginger Bread Men!

And when I can keep them in stock, you can find them here online if ya need some.

Hope ya'll liked this little Ginger Bread man craft!
See ya'll next time,
~Lisa
Friday, October 28, 2016

STENCILED OLD CROW GAME BOARD TABLES plus ANIMALS GONE WILD


Hey ya'll,
been super busy gearing up for Christmas sales in my Craft Booth #555 at my local co-op.
So sorry to be running behind here on posting this last week.
But here's a quickie of a set of end tables that I recently remade.

The tops were rougher before and had to be sanded and repainted before I started.
You can see below that the top sides are still drying.

All I really had to do was get out my stencils and find some that would kinda fit.

I chose the Olde Crow Game Board Co but used a star instead of a crow.
Why? Just because the crow shoulda' been black and on this table it wouldn't have shown up.
I used a mustard yellow and mixed it up with a bit of gray to get the color I wanted.


 It was a very easy makeover.  But don't forget to seal the top with some sort of clear coat or sealer.
I used RUST-O-LEUM 2x ultra cover in MATTE CLEAR.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THE MATTE again though! 

Simply because it's too flat on the black and adds a bit of dusting crap when finished.
Luckily it wiped off for me, but still is visible up really close!

But anyways, I wan't happy with the end result but didn't have time to go back and re-do everything.

So here they are side by side again:


And before I go, take a look at what I saw on a fence post while outside.
  
I think it's a praying mantis. But that's not the cool part. Take a closer look at what he has in his hands....

LUNCH!

But what is super cool is that it is a red wasp!

OMG!

And it only gets better.  After I saw that, I kept my eyes peeled all day looking for him again.
I didn't see him but I did spy a close second. Lookie here~

Another one on the porch rail.

It looked like it was about to be stung, and I think it was once cause it kinda jumped. But it was there catching lunch also.

But it ducked and covered it's face a bit and then went on eating like a boss!

Look at this face!

Wow, I never really stop to look around this much. Creatures are awesome.
Now back to work....

 Here's a sneak at what I'm working on this morning:
More to come tomorrow on these Mason Jar Projects!!!!

See ya'll next time,
~Lisa