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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nothing Ventured- Nothing Gained

Do you ever get the urge to go out on a limb and try something new? Oh if only I had a torch!!! I can only imagine the possibilities at my finger tips.  Unfortunately my living space does not accommodate this venture, but someday I hope.  Nevertheless, I fall back on what I can do, and that's paint.  I was trying to come up with a cool finish on the surface of metal.  Really loving the crackled look, I Googled how to achieve this.  Turns out you can do it with Elmer's glue, dang...that sounds easy!!  Doesn't it???

I applied enamel paint over the surface of copper, adding two different colors, one over the other.  After drying, I applied crackling gel, ( I did not use Elmer's this first go around).  The results were not as I expected so I tried to sand it off thinking I could start from scratch- NOT!!
As you can see, this removed the shiny crackle and brought out both colors of the paint as I sanded through the finish deeper. I kept going until I reached an affect I was okay with.  










They were looking a little plain, so I jazzed them up with a strip of stamped copper and some tiny copper rounds.











Not quite sure how these were going to be perceived in my shop, but I thought what the heck. Nothing ventured, nothing Gained, right?.  To my surprise they both sold right away ☺




Thanks for taking a peek and would love to hear which finish resonates with you most. 
Bye for now!  Lynn

My ETSY Shop




17 comments:

  1. They look absolutely gorgeous with the sanded paint effect :)

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  2. I'm not surprised they where sold so quickly ! They are gorgeous!

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  3. I am not surprised these are sold so quickly. They are beautiful. I can't wait to see your next experiment with enamel paint.

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  4. I love them too. I love the colors and also the strip of stamped copper that goes very well with the design!

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  5. The strip of stamped copper is stunning.

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  6. I love both finishes!! And the stamped copper is wonderful!!

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  7. Hmm, yeah, I like this too. The blanks you started with, are they copper that you painted black?

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    1. the blanks were oxidized very heavily so they came out black.

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  8. I love them, they are outright gorgeous,esp the green one. No wonder they sold out

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  9. They look really awesome, just like the rest of your work. You are so talented!!<3

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    1. what a sweet compliment, thank you!!!

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  10. I'm loving the effect you achieved with your fearless experimentation. Well done!

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  11. Love your work Lynn, as always, beautiful!

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  12. Lynn, you know I'm sitting here smiling and shaking my head. . . . . over and over and over again I do this, with so much of your work!! Your imagination blows me away. The end result is gorgeous. The thought to experiment as you did to begin with is where your talents begin. That moment before the actual thought, that split second of inspiration, is something I wish you could bottle, and I'd pay you a lot of money for it! lol :) You are simply awesome. :)

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous. What kind of enamel paint do you use?

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  14. Very, VERY cool. You are on to something there! I hope you keep going with it!

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