Monday, March 31, 2014

Garage Sale Frame Finds New Life

I picked this frame up at a garage sale for $2. It's very vintage and has a lot of charm, and I like that it's a little French-y.

It is ornate enough that it speaks for itself, but I decided to try my hand at creating a mercury glass effect to continue the vintage feel with this project. The Looking Glass spray paint applied on top of a few spritzes of glass cleaner gave this effect. What I didn't realize is that the paint is still somewhat transparent when applied on glass. So if you don't want to be able to see through the back of it at all, you need to add another layer of something behind it.

I had these letters that spell "home" and the size worked well with the frame. The only thing I thought that needed to be changed was that they were a bit too yellow-gold for the frame. So, as I very often do, I took my trusty craft paint and altered the finish of them a little. Now, I must say that I am fearless and a little too impulsive sometimes with my application of paint to almost anything and everything. But, come's only paint, right?

So I took some metallic gold acrylic paint that was much more "antique gold" and duller. I brushed it on and almost immediately wiped it off, leaving only a thin layer that toned down the finish of the letters. And since it's acrylic paint, it could have been removed easily if it hadn't worked out. But I think it is a success! (The letter on the left is the one that has been altered.)

Then I glued the letters to the glass with the ever-amazing E6000 bonding adhesive, and now it's ready for it's next life.
This piece will be included in a craft fair that I participate in at holiday time to raise money for charity.

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