Thursday, January 31, 2013

More Designs

I'm adding more tiara/crown designs to my Etsy.  I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to do a blog post about my last batch.  I did a Facebook post first, and quite a few were gone before I could give you a heads up.

This is not one of my mini pieces.  It's 5" in diameter.

Here's a small fleur-de-lis.  UPDATE: It's SOLD.

This one is 6" in diameter.

My little lady wears a mini. UPDATE: It's SOLD

Here's another one.

Thanks again to some of my blogland friends for also being customers.  I'm finishing up several similar designs.  I'll try to keep you posted here, as well as FB.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Angelic Pair

I'm not sure if I'm completely finished with this pair of angels.

I do know that I'm much happier with them like this,

rather than this.  I picked them up at an estate sale this past weekend.  I loved the fact that they were a pair, but that spray painted finish. Not so much.

They're made of plaster, and vintage.  I wanted to give them a softer feel.

This is basically my "Old World" finish, with some dry brushing on top.

I just kept layering till I was happy.  Maybe.

I'm still playing with my colorful  book pages too.  I'll show you some of my variations soon.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

More Tiaras and Crowns

I've been working on more mini tiaras/crowns, different designs, and variations of color.

Soft aqua, with a touch of grey and white.

I came across a large piece of metal with this ornate design.  Of course, I had to do a lot of cutting, and configuring to make the tiaras/crowns.

I made more tiny crowns.

This one is made of salvaged metal, and embossed foil.  Lots of cutting here too.

I found a bunch of these little doll heads. I painted the one above.  This is how she looks in her natural state, wearing one of my mini fleur-de-lis crowns.

My cherub is wearing another mini.

Freezing rain here today.  Time to play with more metal.  I have to make more angel tiaras. See ya soon.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Milk Paint as Dye

I played around with book page bundles today.

I wanted a touch of blue.

I decided to tint some of my book pages, and fabric.

I didn't have any dye on hand, so I used watered down milk paint.

I used spruce.  It's the same color I used to paint the fabric on my french chair seen HERE.

I just ripped strips of cotton fabric,

and gave them a bath, along with some of the book pages.   I just let the book pages dry.

The fabric was rinsed several times.  The color faded, and it maintained a soft texture.  The book pages will have a little bit of a film after it dries.  I just used a rag to wipe it off.

Here are a couple fabric roses I swished in watered down gesso

While I was in a soft blue and white mood, I painted a crate.  I decided to make it one of my horseshoe handled pieces, and painted them as well.

It's layered with white, and aqua paint.  I gave it a little distressing, and painted the inside bottom a contrasting color.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mini Beauty and More Tiaras

It's been chilly, no, freezing here the past two days.  So, I've been busy, curled up on my couch, re-configuring metal.  With a small piece of scrap metal,

and a little metal fleur-de-lis, I created this mini crown.  You know how much I love close up shots, so you can't tell from my first pic, but it's only 2" in diameter.

Each piece is made of brass.  I roughed it up, and gave it a base coat of charcoal paint, mixed with a little plaster.  A somewhat thin coat of white followed, which faded to a pale grey. After a little distressing, I finished it off with matte varnish.  I'm loving this little beauty.

As long as I was on a more layered, distressed finish, I kept going with these.

Oh, yes, I made more angel tiaras.

I'm working on a few redesigned frames, boxes, ottomans, etc.  I'll share soon.

Sharing With:
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground: Be Inspired

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Chairs

I'm finishing up the chairs.

The chairs that started out like this.

The chairs I used as part of my Christmas decor.

The chairs I sold.  The chairs I recovered.