Lovely! You did a wonderful job - I particularly like your embroidery detail and the tablet woven trim - And I agree with the boyfriend - the 'silly random shot' is very nice - looks like it could be a still from a movie, with you as the heroine!
I would go with a wire brush attachment on a drill, then Rustoleum makes a spraypaint that's meant specifically for metal surfaces that have begun to rust - not sure how it works, but it seems to solidify the rust and keep it from rusting further - it's called Rust Reformer - then you can paint over, or choose to leave it that color - Good Luck! Those are some cool chairs!
Very nice! You did a lovely job, and there's no reason you can't work in stained glass at home -- I know several people who do (including me) - you just need to be extra-diligent around cleanup if you don't have a space dedicated solely to glass.
My friend's niece graduated from college recently, and she wanted to give her something special - so, we came up with these paintings of some of her favorite things - they're all roughly 3 or 4 inches square - so tiny, but they're going to grace the wall in her first "grownup" apartment, so she's very pleased with them. I realized I took these before they were matted & framed, and then didn't get any of the "whole package" - so, you'll just have to imagine a light grey matt and gunmetal colored thin frames.
My painting prof always used to complain that my paintings were "too illustrative".... I was a bit fussed over them, but now I think I like the way they turned out.
Spackle, caulk and/or modeling paste - depending on how fancy you need your icing details to be... all can be tinted in colors to your heart's desire, and you won't have to worry about weather conditions affecting too much - though if it's really humid, it might take a while for the spackle to set up... Have fun, and let 'em try to eat cake!