Sunday, February 14, 2010

Looking Glass Paint Update

Remember those few drips that I mentioned this morning? A few minutes ago, I was looking at them, then reached inside the globe and easily flicked them off of the glass with my finger!  Now I'm left with tiny clear spots, but that will easily be remedied tomorrow when I venture down into the dungeon again, spray can in hand.

So. .the good thing is that is is easily repairable if there is something you don't like, and the bad thing is, that it isn't super durable, so be careful not to scrape it unless you want to do some re-spraying.

Lastly, I erroneously steered you in the wrong direction to buying some paint on line. I didn't get it from Dick Blick. They don't carry it at this time. I bought it from Mister Art. I buy from both of them, and obviously got them confused.  I didn't want anyone to be frustrated because they couldn't find it!

Wishing everyone a beautiful evening!

Instant Glass Aging; An Experiment

I've gathered these things together weeks ago, and have been antsy every since, trying to find some time to play with it. This morning, was it! I thought, "The heck with cleaning, packing and getting ready to leave. I'm going to see how this stuff will look!"

So down into the dungeon, aka Michigan basement I go.  Large cardboard box for a spray booth, drying rack, paint, spray bottle filled with water, paper towels, and of course, the items to be sprayed.

I came across this paint in an article about aging glass pieces, such as urns for an instant antique look, but I'm thinking "Oooh! Halloween!!!"

You have to make sure that your glass is squeeky clean, free of dust or grease.

Position the piece to be sprayed.  Shake the paint can according to directions (2 minutes is longer than what you think that it is. .use a timer)

Spritz the glass surface with water.

Then quickly follow up with a spray from the can of Looking Glass paint. Have a light hand, especially if you want to be able to see through it, or have light come through. You can always add more paint later. And you don't have to spray it evenly. In fact, it adds more character if you don't.

I found too, that if the paint is starting to dry too evenly without streaks or blobs, a quick squirt with the water bottle will remedy that problem immediately. Just don't overdo.  Let it dry.  It only takes 5 - 10 minutes for it to set, and you can touch and use it in an hour.

If you want to add more, wait 10 minutes, then repeat with the sprayings. As you get a feel for what is appearing, and what you want, you'll be able to easily figure out what to do to get that look.

While the picture frame glass was drying, I sprayed a very large hurricane lamp shade.  I laid it on its side, spritzed the water in that portion, and followed with the paint, then immediately stood it up on end, on the drying rack, letting the paint and water run.

As soon as it quit dripping, I laid it down to do another section. 

All went well, until I was interrupted at a critical time, and wound up with some definite drips on one little bit. .not happy about that, but this is an experiment. .now I know. .time is critical..no interruptions! lol

I also tried spraying a little glass urn with a matching cover.  I sprayed water into the cover portion, then laid it on its side, and sprayed paint into it. Because the opening was so small, and because of the shape of the cover, both water and paint settled in the point.  So I picked it up and holding it horizontal, kept turning it, to coat the sides.  I then put it on the rack to drip and dry. 

I did the same thing with the jar itself. Tipping and turning to coat the surfaces.  I left it with one thin layer, not only to see the difference that multi layers can do, but I often use this to hold small candy, and they will look terrific through "moldy glass". .maybe no one will eat any, and it will be mine, all mine! :-)

How do I like the results?  I think that the glass for the frame came out really great!  I can see using photographs of old movie monsters behind it, or for that matter, some early photographs of average people.  They never smiled, and I've seen some that are truly scary looking!  Around Halloween, some stores have those halographic images that change faces or expressions. Those would look even better behind this glass.

As for the shades and containers, they are a little bit more of a challenge, but still very easy to do.  Despite that one problem with drips, which was a mistake on my part to leave at that moment, I think the effect that it will have with a black candle inside, will be super!

It is a good thing that I bought two cans. I still have a lot in the first one, but I'm envisioning lots of uses for this paint.  I already put it under a black light, and it glows a silvery grey. .I can see bell jars with skulls inside, or scary heads, and large hanging mirrors on the wall, specimen jars,candle jars. even glass eyes for dolls. .now how spooky would THAT be! lol

When you start looking for it, try not only the craft stores, but hardware stores as well.  I live in a small town, so I had to wind up ordering it from Dick Blick. And make sure that you have Looking Glass Paint. Krylon also makes a Frosted Glass paint and the cans look very similar.

If you do create something using this paint, please let me know. I think that it has a lot of potential, and would love to see all the ways that it can be used.

Thanks for stopping by to experiment with me. I enjoyed having your company!!

Have a great day!!

P.S.  They are a success!  Darling Hubs just walked through, saw the pieces sitting there, and asked why on earth I would want dirty, molding looking glass sitting out! I picked up the small jar and told him that was for Halloween candy, and he said that it looked disgusting. Perfect!!! 

Friday, February 5, 2010

My First Blog Award!!

The Frog Queen, has bestowed upon me my first award on my Halloween blog!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, for thinking of me!!

It is rather ironic that it is one for the comments I leave, because right now, I'm speechless! lol

I know that I'm supposed to list some friends to send it on, but it means SO much to me when someone takes the time to leave a comment or thought. There are so many that I'd love to respond to, but there simply isn't enough time in the day. I go all day long, taking care of necessary things, while my head is buzzing with conversations based on responding comments. You are all so amazing!!

So, if you have left a comment, please feel that I am sharing this award with you.  Copy and paste it onto your blog with pride.  Then share it with those you care about!

Hmmm, guess I wasn't completely speechless after all!

Thanks again your Froggie Royalness, and thank you to everyone for following along!!

Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Worth Repeating

Most of you follow my other blog, but for those who don't, in perfect timing with the midway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox,  The Frog Queen, Jeanne, Becca, and I have started a Haunted Gardens Blog.

We hope that you will join us as we travel through the mysterious, the magickal and the enchanting world of botanicals!