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From Scary to Handsome: a ceramic cat gets a make over.
This is my first sculpture that I made over. When I saw him at the thrift shop he was scary with a capital S. He was Halloween all the way but he had a nice shape. I knew he would look amazing with a little bronze and a little aged green patina.
Because he is ceramic with a very shiny finish I first painted him with primer that was a little gritty to give the paint something to stick too , then the modern masters acid blocking primer. I love the acid blocker primer because it is chocolate colored so for an hour or two I imagine having a solid milk chocolate
cat or lion paw. I don’t have any pictures of these steps. I do my painting outside it was starting to rain; I brought my cat inside with the intention to take pictures of his chocolate primer phase the next day. I so excited to work on him as soon I was he was dry I painted him with the bronze paint. Oh well, here is a picture of my lion paw in it’s chocolate phase. You get the idea.
Then the bronze paint, then copper paint for accents, then the aging patina. The sprayer stopped working mid spray so I was worried how he would come out. He spray doesn’t work right away so I had to wait 15 – 20 agonizing minutes to see how he would turn out I think he is awesome and gorgeous. I love him. From scary to classy for sure. What do you think? Check him out in my shop.
I spotted this Lion Paw at a garage sale. There he was sitting among tools and cheap bric a brac. I knew I had to have him.
I was a little worried because the guy running the sale wanted close to retail prices. I nonchalantly grouped the paw with some other items and asked how much. I was pleasantly surprised by his answer. I also scored a beautiful metal frame but my luck didn’t hold out. I left of stack of picture frames behind when we couldn’t agree on a price, he wanted more than they would be new, they were obviously sentimental. I was very lucky he wasn’t too attached to the paw. That Paw was mine now. He was separated for his original furniture, he was stripped of his original finish but he was still gorgeous. I knew exactly what I would do with him. With all of his hand carved detail He would look amazing with a Metal Tarnish Verdigris finish. Time to break out the paint.
Last year Modern Masters sent me one of their metal effects paint kits to review, check out my original review. Their is primer, metallic paint and ageing patina spray. I am still using it and loving it. Give them a look.
But before I did that I wondered about this paw. What kind of foot was he, hound, wolf, lion. I settled on the Lion. What kind of furniture did he come from. He looked like he would be a base of a bed or the table but his top is so flat and it doesn’t look sawed through when he was removed. Hmmmm it’s a mystery what do you think? I’m still wondering. But now on to the paint. One of my favorite parts of this painting process is the primer, it is the color of milk chocolate. Now who wouldn’t want a big milk chocolate paw. Then the bronze paint, then the copper paint. You only need to do one color of metallic paint, not both but what can I say I love how both color’s interact.
Then the ageing spray. I always freak out during this step because the spray takes a while work and oxidize to create the patina. I made myself walk away and let the spray do it’s job. I was a little worried if it would still work, the paint has been stored in my hot un-climate controlled storage. But after 5 minutes they was my beautiful patina. Just what I though gorgeous! I love the randomness of the finish and that you can’t predict you exact results. Check his handsome perfection out in my shop.
I like shiny things. In really like shiny things. I am so excited I want give something away! You might have seen my previous post on taking things from trash to shiny. So when it came time to paint some mason jars and vases with pretty metallic paint I couldn’t wait. Now before I started
painting I ignored my own advice. When painting glass, I say prime, prime prime!!!! Primer is your friend your best friend! I like Kyrlon’s Colormaster primer but I was on Pinterest and followed a link on “how to paint glass” no primer needed she said “Spray paint is meant to stick to anything.” So I listened and tried it again without primer. A big mistake!!!! A I usually do I didn’t handle the jar for 24 hours to let the paint cure / dry thoroughly , metallic paint is different and dries faster than regular spray paint, but I wasn’t taking chances. The finish was beautiful but the second I moved it around the paint scratched. Listen to me and listen good prime prime prime before painting. I was very excited to paint this carafe I came across. I had already painted with blue glass paint
but it was so blah. but it came out amazing!!!! I just used the paint I had on hand for this project Rusto-oleum Metallic finish in Gold and Valspar Metallic in Silver.
I prime and let it dry for 1/2 hour to an hour, paint with the metallic spray paint (I love how the a paint goes on) light even layers to minimize drips. Check the paint instructions on when to apply your second coat. I hold the jar or vase in the mouth of and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can handle the vase. I rest the the jar or vase on it’s neck then I paint the bottom. I leave the painted piece to dry for about 24 hours. With the metallic paint I will probably be totally dry in about half the time but better safe than sorry.
Voila, gorgeous shiny awesomeness. If you don’t feel like waiting for the paint to dry pop over to my Shop Caribbean style Decor and use the code Hometalk15 to get 15% off. And don’t forget to enter to win a set of these shiny beauties.
Mason Jar DIY Soap Dispenser
This post has been a long time in coming considering I do a tutorial for almost all my projects and these jar are have been the most popular items in my shop
for months. Well better late than never. I am using a Ball heritage mason jar that is already blue If you would to learn how to tint your masons gorgeous vintage blue for pennies a jar check out my tutorial on painting glass here.
This is a pretty simple process I include tips I have learned from making about 100 jars. But if you have any tips please share with me.
First Gather your tools
You mason jar lid.
I am using a ball mason jar with the two part self sealing lid but i have also used this technique on regular old spaghetti jars lids.
Washer with 5/8″ opening. I have found this to be the perfect size that a soap dispenser will fit through. You can get it at home depot or Loews about 40 cents.
E600 adhesive available at your Local craft store
Soap Dispenser pump. Save your old ones or soap with a dispenser from the dollar store.
First center the washer on your lid and trace the inner circle on the lid. You can draw free hand this just is really easy with the washer and the perfect size soap dispenser.
The I use the nail and hammer to punch holes around the circle. After you have punched the holes all around the circle use your pliers to twist the metal and remove it out of the hole. it’s pretty easy at the metal of the top is thin.
A funny aside is that it drives men crazy when they see me do this. They think its too much work. My ex husband spent two hours running around trying to figure out how to do this with a drill. Meanwhile i had done 22 lids with my low tech technique.
h wasn’t happy with his result, I thought his outcome was perfect was perfect but apparently the drill was so out of control going though the thin metal he was afraid he would get maimed. I didn’t actually see the wild drill but I’ll give it a shot myself and see what the fuss is about. I have an idea to improve on his technique. i’ll keep you posted. My other male friend is working on sharpening the end of a pipe so it can punch straight through the metal; he’s been working on that one for months. But I got distracted, back to the tutorial!
With this particular lid I spray painted it black obviously you don’t need to do that, but you can. I think it is a very elegant combination the black and the blue. if you are spray painting your lid make you hole before you paint. That way you won’t remove any paint as you make the hole.
So with your hole you are ready to glue your soap dispenser in. I use the Adhesive E6000 as it is very strong, water resistant. I had used hot glue before and if the lid was jolted or fell it would come apart, not so with E6000.
Apply E600 the base of the soap dispenser and place it through the hole. Your glue should set in an hour so you can handle it. I have been gluing a washer to the underside of the lid so no one will come in contact with jagged metal edge from making the hole. I just came across a great idea to put silicone around the jagged edge. Sounds fab I can’t wait to try. I’ll let you know. Now look at your fantastic result. Till next time… Melissa
How to turn a plain jar into a beautiful vase.
Step by Step on how to make you own amazing vase that will make an interior designer jealous. We have all seen it, that gorgeous pop of color that is the star of an amazingly designed room. We have drooled over that one of a kind gorgeous piece that was ridiculous money from hoity toity showroom. Well here lean in close, I’m going to teach you how make you own wowie zowie vase. Hey and its pretty easy.
There are a few simple things to keep in mind.
Pick a vase with a strong shape, maybe some texture doesn’t matter if it is a bit of an ugly duckling it going to get a make over. When I saw a simple jar at my local recycling center all I could see was an elegant vase. But don’t worry what you have doesn’t knock you socks off. The next step is more important.
Even more important than shape is color. Pick a strong color one that you love, something bold and front and center. Now don’t get me wrong I adore white, I collect white things. In my world white a bold front and center color. It’s a personal choice make sure you love it. Right now I am completely obsessed with Valspar Exotic Sea. It has become a signature color for me.
What you will need:
The vase or jar of your choice.
Your choice of spray paint. I advise spray paint because of the uniform smooth finish it gives.
Spray paint primer don’t even think about skipping this step. I’ll explain later.
Spray Paint Clear gloss top coat. I like Rustoloem in Clear gloss.
First clean your item really, really well I use regular soap and water and right before I paint I wipe it off with alcohol to get any lint remaining, lint in spray paint in not cute.
Next so so important prime. My glass other pieces, that I didn’t use primer paint, I would breathe on it and it would scratch the finish so be sure to use primer. I used Krylon Colormaster primer and it was dry and ready to go in about 30 minutes. It very good and made to work on glass. Some people say you don’t need primer. i didn’t have good luck with that.
Next after your primer dries spray on your color sweep from side to side not staying in any one area too long, no drips allowed. You want a light even finish. Usually one coat will be fine but if I want the color deeper. I’ll do a second coat. Usually I will hold the piece just inside the rim and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can hold it and turn the piece. When the body is painted I turn the vase upside
Now here comes that part about patience. The label will tell you that your piece will be dry and able to be handled in about 30 – 40 minutes. You just forget about that leave it right where it is for a full 8 – 24 hours if possible. Let the paint fully dry and harden . After 30 to 40 minutes you can handle the piece but the paint is still sticky and can easily be marred. Just yesterday eager to check out my handiwork I turned over a vase an hour after I painted it, yes it was gorgeous. Then I walked away distracted, my son was probably looking for his playmate, me. Hours later when I came back it was stuck to my workbench, remember sticky paint, nooooooooo! My bottom was ruined but no matter it was still gorgeous, lesson learned. But don’t let this happen to you. Be patient, don’t touch.
Oh so now you have waited patiently, maybe you had a little peek. Turn it over enjoy admire and now its time to protect your beautiful piece. Spray you new gorgeous vase with the clear gloss. Good news the top coat doesn’t take that long to dry. You should be good to go in about an hour.
Now grab your flower real or fake it doesn’t matter your vase can rock any flower. Where are you going to put it? And don’t forget to send me pictures. Till next time. -Melissa
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