I forgot just how ugly until I went looking for the before picture! Fake woodgrain laminate, paint stained, gold-coloured base. (Thrifted. $7.)
Before: Out in the shed, about to be attacked by my power sander!
After: (I took these to send to the gal I bought the coasters from, then my batteries died before I could take any pics without the coasters.)
You can kind of see the speckled finish on the top here.
I spray painted the base a metallic silver (it has a slight shimmer that you can't see in the pics). Painted the top black with silver speckles and topped it off with several coats of high-gloss varnish. I think it makes a huge difference. I also refinished an old gossip bench/telephone table to match. I'm still waiting for the varnish to cure so that I can bring it in the house.
Yep, they're shrinky dinks. You guessed it. I ran out ages ago and finally bought more last week. I don't love the texture I get with coloured pencils, but it's all I've ever used. Does anyone colour theirs with acrylics? If so, how much do you have to thin them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Brass knuckles (not as blotchy as it looks in the picture.)
Rose and dagger. Seems like this one shrank more in the width than in the length. I've had that happen with another brand of shrink plastic, but never shrinky dinks.
So I got this jacket for like $2.00 at Value Village. I don't have a before pic, but it was plain black, wide, boxy, the sleeves were at least 2" too short (I'm only 5'3"), and it had elastic in the cuffs and the bottom hem. And it had shoulder pads. So ugly. I took in the sides and sleeves, put darts in the back, ripped out the shoulder pads and elastic, stencilled the sacred heart on the chest, and added the leopard collar and buttoned cuffs. *Whew* A lot of work, and luckily it bears no resemblance to how it started. I love how it turned out.
Sorry they're fuzzy. I tried some with the flash, but they were over exposed. No happy medium for some reason. The bumps on the chest aren't on the jacket, they're "pasties" that I glued onto my dress form.
I've never really worked with beads much, but I found these seed beads in an awesome kind of bloody brownish-red. I thought they went well with this charm (it's a sacred heart, I couldn't get a pic with no glare. )
Then I made a double strand necklace with the same beads. I like the way they look together. Really dresses up the first one.
And my skulls and red beads. Just for fun.
I still have more than half the red beads left. Not sure what to do with them now. lol
As soon as I can get my hands on some felt, I want to make one of those round, "old man" cacti...you know, the kind that look like they have long, soft hair. Which is a lie, they have thorns (I swear I didn't find that out the hard way)
That sounds so cute. My ex boyfriend had a very fluffy looking cactus. Turns out the fluff had very sharp barbs on the ends. I also did not find that out the hard way *ahem*.
I bought this bangle last summer, and I've been looking for some earrings to go with it ever since. No luck.
I haven't worked with resin in ages, but I finally decided to make some! I pulled the backs off an old pair of studs and used Castin' Craft Mold Maker to well, make some molds! And a paint palette pendant for good measure. I figured they'd be a little off, but my wrist doesn't spend much time next to my ears, so no biggie, right? But I'm impressed with how closely they match. If anything, mine are even more glittery than the bangle! One of the earrings looks really wonky there. They're not perfectly round, but I don't think it looks that bad in real life. And they look fine from the front, which is the only thing people are going to see when they're on my lobes.
The picture doesn't do them justice. They're sooo sparkly!
I forgot how far an ounce of resin goes, so I just kept filling up wells in the paint palette until it was all gone. Now I have all these left over!