A few years back my old boss gave me a cookie jar as a Christmas gift. It's cute, but not really my style. I'm in the process of buying a new house and I want to accessorize my kitchen with various red objects. My question, I guess, is how should I repaint the jar? It's already glazed and fired, and regular acrylic or latex paint works for a short while but then it just peels off. Anyone know if I can use spraypaint??? I'd love to get a nice high-gloss paint. What kind should I use???
The only thing that pops into my mind is that you could make a plaster mold of it and then cast your "frames" in either more plaster or resin, etc. You could paint them once they're dry to match your decor, or to mimic the color and texture of bamboo if that's what you want. I know for a fact that this would work because back in college a friend of mine cast a fish from a plaster mold...and yes, she used a REAL, DEAD fish. Other than that, I'm at a loss.
Even though I truly believe it's Satan's Den and don't condone shopping there, Walmart carries this really cool material that looks like sewn-on sequins but they're stuck onto a mesh-like fabric with some sort of adhesive. They don't fall off or anything like that. The material comes in all sorts of colors, you can sew over it without worrying about breaking needles, and it's much, much sparklier than sequins. Pretty cheap too!
Back in art school I made a few plaster molds to cast things. In this case I wouldn't use Pam, but a very, VERY thin coat of Vaseline would work fine...that's what I always used and it worked out. Once you pour the mold and let it set, remove your plaster bottles from the mold and wipe off the rest of the Vaseline. As far as paint goes, I'm sure you could use anything. I always went with basic acrylic paint which needed several coats as the plaster will soak it right up. Use this patina method until you get the color you want. Not sure what you'd seal it with, but I'm sure any kind of poly or spray sealer would be fine.
I was just going to suggest morning glories and noticed that someone else already did. I live in upstate NY too and our morning glories do very well from late spring to fall. They reseed themselves and sooner or later they'll take over your entire fence.