Jul 10, 2012

PRIMITIVE STAR WITH CRACKLE FINISH

 Distressed Primitive Star with Crackle Finish

 I love the look of a crackle finish but I don't love paying the price for that crackle paint.
So I figured out how to kinda brush the same look on, but instead of the high pricey crackle stuff, I use an off brand of Elmers glue.


Here's the before pic of an ordinary metal star:
Before

All you need to do is to cover one point of a star at a time with the glue. A not so thin coat, but not too thick either.
Then with one paint stroke, take your paint brush and choice of finish craft paint, and brush it down the point.  Try to do the most covering with one stroke. This is important because you do not want to be brushing off or mixing the paint into the elmers glue.
You kinda want the paint to be sitting on top of the glue so that when the glue starts to dry, it pulls and cracks the one top coat of wet paint you just put on.


Another thing to remember is what color the star is to start with. Mind you, if I had a white star before I wanted to paint an off white, the crackle won't show so much.  So try to start with a darker type star in the beginning.  Because that is the color that is going to "POP" up through your top coat and show the crackle marks.
 
Here is another star in colonial green. You can see over to the far left where I used my brush too many times and took too much of the elmers glue off when applying the green. It didn't have enough glue underneath to really crackle.  But it still turned out fine enough for my needs.
After

I priced these large stars at: $10.99 after the makeover 
or 
if you prefer the "before" look, they are only $9.99

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Jul 7, 2012

PRIMITIVE GRAPEVINE TREE

Grapevine Tree with Lights

Grapevine Tree with lights
I am so in love with the country *Primitive* decorating. And a midst all of that, I am very proud of my husband for making me this Grapevine Tree.
He really went back into the woods, brought in cut vines, soaked them in a galvanized tub out front for a couple days, and then shaped it up around a wooden frame he made. I think the frame is 2x2's oh and then for the ones going up the sides, it is the 1x2's, I think.
I brought it indoors because the weather is getting so bad. He put a lot of work in it, and I don't want it to ruin. He had to soak the grapevines for longer than he thought before he could even bend them. 
 
For decorations I added two small strands of white lights and some of my late mom's aluminum cookie cutters.
 
I also collect a lot of aluminum kitchen items, click here to take a look.

I am o so in love with the country *Primitive* decorating!

Price: Sorry not for sale yet, cause I'm lovin' it! :-) 

But I do have tons of other hand made goodies if you are looking.
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Primitive NIGHT LIGHT Makeovers



PRIMITIVE NIGHT LIGHTS WITH SILICONE BULBS
Dipped Primitive Silicone Bulbs came from my $4.00 RECIPE


I wanted to make some silicone dipped, primitive themed bulbs for my nightlights.
I used the recipe that I recently wrote about found here
It's very simple and just includes a tube of 100% silicone (cost around $3.00 a tube) 
and a bottle of cinnamon ($1.00).


I bought some plain bulbs in the night light section and learned to make my own mix.
Here it is.

I just grubbied them up a little more than just leaving them all clear.

And the night light is just a cheap one from the Dollar Mart. 
Just make sure when you buy these that they are not the light sensitive activated ones. You need the ones that are regular.
The bulbs to the right are some I first bought to go by. And I ended up putting them in a few nightlights too.

For my first set, I simply painted the bases a flat black and added some tiny star stencils. 
I finished them off by simply ripping some shreds of homespun to tie at the base. 
Make sure the fabric is not touching the bulb. 
These happened to be the daylight sensor ones, but I don't care for them as much.

Here we have a set of the regular ones that I used my handmade silicone candle bulbs in.


I grubbied up the base of these as well. I just rubbed on some mod podge with a paint brush.
Then sprinkled some cinnamon on it.
You can see I gave each light a coat of paint first. One with black craft paint, and the other with a barn red. And then is when I started with the Mod Podge and added cinnamon. I almost forgot to mention that.
Let it dry.
Add more cinnamon if you wish, and another coat of mod podge to seal it.

I attached a little button and homespun to some of them, just to prim them a bit more.

And then topped it off with another coat of mod podge to seal in the cinnamon and paint.
Then I added a strip of homespun around each. And to finish, I hot glued a button on the front of each.
That took care of the bases.

Then I just used my silicone recipe for the grubby bulbs, made them, let them dry and then stuck them in.

Always make sure you use the correct wattage bulb for each of your night lights and candles when changing out bulbs! And be sure to keep all fabric away from bulbs. Even night lights get hot.

Happy Crafting.
See ya'll next time,
~Lisa

*I am not an expert. And only share my crafting experiences for fun. Please take precautions and consult a specialist before trying any craft you may find within this blog..  AND when dealing with electrical bulbs, please take extra precaution and read all of the bulbs warnings and heat settings.For entertainment purposes only.*

Button Collector



I am a button collector!

I save buttons from everything.  And they look great sitting on a shelf, in an old bottle with a bit of homespun tied at the top.

In my booth you can find "button mixin' packages." They would be great for crafts or to start your button collection.

Do you collect buttons?

Old Lantern Makeover


I took an old, green lantern and painted it black here and added a night light electric light. I then replaced the regular night light with a old fashioned flicker bulb. This way it looks as if a real flame is flickering.
I just love it. I also tied a piece of homespun fabric to the top.

Price: 14.99 in my craft booth.

Happy Crafting ya'll,
~lisa

Barnwood Mantel

Below is the fireplace mantel I asked my husband to build to go around the great stove I found at the flea market, here's that post, last December. He got it done, but I haven't painted it yet or added any embellishments. But I kinda like it plain how it is.



Cost of barn wood fireplace mantle frame: Only $34.99
and is found at my booth #555 at the local Peddlers Mall.

Below is a wreath that I made to go above it. I saw in one of Adelaide's pictures that some had the cute xmas balls on them.


 

Cost of wreath: $14.99
 

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