By the way....
A little info/mini-tute on the pinball game shrine
. The idea was total luck. I was browsing Michael's for something to make a small Guadalupe shrine out of, and I was strolling the dollar section. They had all sorts of Easter basket stuffers, and in one bin I thought I saw a bunch of mini shadowboxes. When I went up to them and saw they were those little games, solid wood, and hot glued together. I was so excited, how kitsch (and slightly sacrilegious) is that? Now I wish I bought a ton of them, because it was such a fun project! It's really easy if you have some photoshop skills too.
I used a flathead screwdriver to pry off the back panel and peel off the hot glue. Then I scanned the back piece into photoshop. I used the magic wand to select the four holes, and then used the paintbucket to fill the holes with a solid color. Then I inverted the selection and deleted the background image. I added a layer underneath, and pasted my Mary image in, and printed it onto glossy photo paper. I trimmed the image, used a hole puncher to punch out the dots, and then modge podged it to the original back panel. I used E600 to glue the panel back onto the frame, and a hot glue gun to decorate the front. The frame was already painted red, so I lucked out on that part.
Tip: Clean the inside of your plexiglass, and don't forget to add the metal balls back in BEFORE you glue the panel on. I almost forgot them, lol. Plus, don't use too much glue, and leave it to dry face down. You don't want your balls to roll around and stick in the corners if there is a blob of glue there.
I also cut a piece of gold scrapbook paper to cover the back of the frame so there weren't any barcodes and sticker residue. I used modge podge for that too.
I just went back to Michael's recently, and the pinball games are all gone.
I'm really kicking myself, because they were only a dollar. Here's a pic I took before I shipped:
And another of the monkey:
Thanks everyone for all the compliments.