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Topic: Ikea Glass into Ye Olde Pimp Chalice (SOOO many pics) UPDATE: I made ikeahacker!  (Read 9624 times)
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« on: December 23, 2008 11:16:46 PM »

This is The ManFlesh's main xmas present.  It took something like 10 hours over a couple weeks, plus all kinds of time ruminating  and hunting up supplies.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out I'm about to bust!  If he doesn't like it, I'll be kind of crushed.  I'm pretty sure he will, though.  Smiley

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This was probably the most complicated project I've done outside of building a house about 10 years ago.  All the decoration is on the outside of the bowl or the bottom of the foot.  First I gilded it with faux gold leaf, then I sealed that with spray lacquer. I made the crests and other decorations using digital collage and decoupaged them onto the sealed gold leaf. After that I coated all the gold leaf surfaces plus a little extra with 2 layers of resin.  It was my first time using resin and that was fun and anxiety inducing!  Finally I glued on the rhinestones.


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Those are the "artisan's initials" there.  Ahem.

This is a pretty accurate representation of how the inside GLOWS in the light.


Close up of the crest

That's the digital collage using all kinds of clip art that I altered every piece of before added it.  That was the single most time consuming part - about 5 hours.  I'm sure a better photoshopper could've done it quicker. It's full of things that represent his personality and life.

A view of the rhinestones that shows how the gold glows

If I could do it over, I'd use higher quality rhinestones, but these I had on hand.  They hide the ridge where the resin and glass meet at the bottom of the bowl.

I couldn't just hand it to him and I wanted to kind of go with the style-theme of it being aristocratic and old so put together this box.  Originally I wanted to find a wooden chest to alter or something, but I've been snowed in for days and had to make do with what I have in the house.  I'm pleased with how it turned out and feel great about not having to buy anything or drive around burning fuel.

An old Harry & David fruit gift box covered with purple and gold paper.  Purple is his favorite color & a royal color and the gold ties in with the chalice itself - plus it's gold!  I had bought the gold paper the circle is made from thinking I would use it for the decoupage, but didn't. 



I printed the crest onto shrink plastic for printers and attached it.


And finally made a purple velvet pillow to hold the chalice safely in the box.  I got lucky; the velvet matches the paper on the box really well!




This project made it to ikeahacker!
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/12/post-christmas-hacks.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2008 11:28:43 PM »

How could he not just love it, amazing!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2008 11:37:52 PM »

How could he not just love it, amazing!!

Thank you! It's so ridiculous and custom, I think he will.  But I always get last minute gift anxiety.  Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008 02:49:45 AM »

does the resin coating make it safe to actually drink from, or is it decorative only?  I've given painted decorated glasses as gifts before but I've always kept the decoration to the lower half of the glass so it never comes in contact with lips...
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2008 03:57:57 AM »

That's so neat I like that! oh and I saw a resemblance with that cup with out an decor and the goblet from Indiana Jones! Now It rocks even harder!
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2008 07:20:30 AM »

Golly T,
I'm truly choked up just thinking about what happens when inspiration, creativity, talent, and love, in the largest sense, all converge with our desire to connect with another human being...this is a masterpiece and I can only imagine how amazing you must feel about accomplishing this. Congratulations!

I hope all of your Christmas plans with that lucky man work out the way you dream they will...weather be damned.
Be safe and well.
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2008 08:10:07 AM »

does the resin coating make it safe to actually drink from, or is it decorative only?  I've given painted decorated glasses as gifts before but I've always kept the decoration to the lower half of the glass so it never comes in contact with lips...

I should be safe to drink from, yes. I believe this is how John Derian's decoupage glasses are done - I've been wanted to do something like his for a few years and now I know why the glasses are so expensive... doing the resin is a long and attentive process!  I'm not talking about his Target line.  It's not submersible or dishwasher safe.  If anything were harmed by drinking from it, it would be the chalice... being new to resin there are some flaws and there may be some places where stuff could get under it.
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2008 08:15:04 AM »

Golly T,
I'm truly choked up just thinking about what happens when inspiration, creativity, talent, and love, in the largest sense, all converge with our desire to connect with another human being...this is a masterpiece and I can only imagine how amazing you must feel about accomplishing this. Congratulations!

I hope all of your Christmas plans with that lucky man work out the way you dream they will...weather be damned.
Be safe and well.
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Well, now you're choking me up!  I do feel pretty accomplished, but am holding back a little until I know he likes it or let's me believe he likes it. 

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support!  A dear friend with 4-wheel drive, chains and a youth spent in a place that generally gets snow offered to taxi  me to his house today!  I was going to take the bus, but this means I can more safely transport the Chalice!  Have a wonderful holiday, MrsBowles!
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2008 09:55:22 AM »

That's so neat I like that! oh and I saw a resemblance with that cup with out an decor and the goblet from Indiana Jones! Now It rocks even harder!

I didn't even think of that!  Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2008 04:35:16 PM »

AH IT IS SO AWESOME!!!!!

Way to go. There is no way that anyone would not like it. I hope that someday someone loves me enough to make me a gold foil pimp cup.
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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2008 08:35:53 PM »

I love it, as I generally love all the stuff you post! Was the gold leaf a bitch to work with? I think I might experiment with this myself, it just looks SO cool and guy-worthy (sometimes it's hard to make something for the manly type, I've found!). Glad you were able to get out of the house to deliver it! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2008 06:07:12 AM »

AH IT IS SO AWESOME!!!!!

Way to go. There is no way that anyone would not like it. I hope that someday someone loves me enough to make me a gold foil pimp cup.

Thank you!  I had so much fun making it, I may have to make more things like it!  Not necessarily, pimp chalices, but the way that faux gold leaf just glows like movie special effects is very tempting.

I love it, as I generally love all the stuff you post! Was the gold leaf a bitch to work with? I think I might experiment with this myself, it just looks SO cool and guy-worthy (sometimes it's hard to make something for the manly type, I've found!). Glad you were able to get out of the house to deliver it! Grin

Aw, wow.  Thank you!  I've used metal leaf before and it can be a bitch, but not as bad as you might imagine if you have a patience, a brush to pick it up with and the expectation that it's not going to lay down in a nice, perfect square like you see on the pro stuff.  (ahem)  It helps that it's not real gold, so it's not SOOOOO expensive that any waste is crushing.  I have quite a bit of copper leaf that I want to use on some kind of glass for myself.

It is so much harder to craft for men!  And I've made mine enough boxer shorts to last him a long, long time so I was glad I was able to execute this idea!  He's really cool about being crafted for, so hopefully another idea will come to me in time for his May birthday. Wink
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2008 01:47:10 PM »

Well???
What did he think?
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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2008 08:39:14 AM »

Well???
What did he think?

"This is AWESOME!"  Yey!  Although it was promptly and accidentally renamed the "Chimp Palace".  Ha!

And it drinks just fine, red wine and all.  A little challenging to pour into because you can't see from the outside AT ALL, but worst case scenario you get too much tasty beverage, right?
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« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2008 05:11:32 PM »

Tee hee!  The Ye Olde Pimp Chalice made the ikeahacker blog!
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/12/post-christmas-hacks.html
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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2011 11:58:11 AM »

Again, amazing! This is so well done, no wonder Ikea Hacker picked it up. Talented is what the T stands for. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2011 12:38:14 PM »

Again, amazing! This is so well done, no wonder Ikea Hacker picked it up. Talented is what the T stands for. Smiley
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Aw, shucks!  This one took much, much longer since it was the first AND I had to cut and paste and fiddle around in photoshop to make that fake crest.
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