*EDIT* Here is a question that was asked in the comments.
Cynde, thanks for your great questions! To answer your questions the foil that I used is a crafting foil from AMACO and yes normally it is very flexible/bendable but on each piece the backside was filled in with a clear silicone which will firm up when it dries. By doing this it will help to hold the shape of the embossing so when you touch it, it doesn't smoosh back in. On the larger pedestal piece, once the silicone was dry I also added hot glue on top of that to firm it up even more. I HTH!! Thanks again for the great questions!!
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For the month of September we (the Spellbinder's DT) were asked to do some type of an ensemble for our monthly gallery projects. I love being able to do ensembles and I also love being able to find something at the local thrift store or $ store that I can alter! So I headed down to the local thrift store to see what I could come up with. I wanted to try and design a dressing table ensemble. My first find was a tall unique looking glass container with a lid and then I found a square glass dish, a couple of candles holders and a couple of metal trays. I was off to a good start! Here is a picture of everything before I started working on it. **NOTE--one thing that is different in the picture--I swapped out the wine glass for a larger candle holder. I know it doesn't look like much, right? But check out the picture below with all of the finished pieces!!Here is a picture of the Dressing Table Ensemble once it was finished.The first thing I did was to make the two pedestal pieces. To do this I used a clear sealant to glue the glass pieces together. On the larger one I used the square glass dish and the larger candle holder. For the smaller one I used the small circle metal tray and the small candle holder. These had to dry for about 24 hours.
To do the embossed metal roses I used the Wizard from Spellbinders along with the NEW Borderabilities Grand 12" Rose Border(S7-001), Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044), Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Lg. (S4-115), and craft foil from AMACO.
On each of the pieces I cut and embossed the foil and then glued it onto each piece. The only one I did differently was the tall glass container. For this piece I painted the backside of the foil because it would show through to the inside of the glass. Once it was painted then I glued it in place.
The steps varied a little for each piece but they were all sprayed with a primer, and then sprayed with celery paint from Krylon. For the tall glass container I used painters tape around the center part so it would remain clear. To do the detailed painting I used rose and emerald colored enamel paints. Each of the pieces have a bit of a distressed finish on the paint and all I can say is thank goodness for accidents! While I was working on this some of the enamel paint was a bit too heavy and I was trying to get it off. I used a damp cloth and it would not come off so I added a little soap and it was still on there. In a hurry I sprayed some Lysol kitchen cleaner and it did the trick! It pulled just enough of the paint off to give it a distressed look. So as I went along I painted, sprayed kitchen cleaner and blotted with a paper towel. I also added clear micro beads on each piece and on the larger pedestal piece I punched a few holes and added some leaf shaped beads.
Here are some close ups of each of piece and a little bit about how I did each one.
The larger pedestal piece.~
I used the Borderabilities Grand 12" Rose Border(S7-001) around the edges of the square dish.A view from the top.~
For the center piece I used the Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044) and the Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Lg. (S4-115) dies. I added the leaf beads to this piece and the clear beads are around the scalloped edge of the glass dish.Here is the tray.~
For this piece I removed the handle from the tray and used the rose buds from the Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044) die to cover up the hole from the handle.Here is the tall glass container.~
As I stated above this piece was done a little differently. The band around the center was done using the Borderabilities Grand 12" Rose Border(S7-001) die and then I added the clear micro beads around the edges of the foil.
Here is the smaller pedestal.~
For this piece I used the larger rose from the Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044) die and then I added the clear glass micro beads around the edges of the top.
Wizard from Spellbinders--Borderabilities Grand 12" Rose Border(S7-001), Rose Blossom Edgeabilities (S4-044), Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Lg. (S4-115)
Zip Dry, Gem Tac--Beacon
Spray Paint-Gray Primer, Celery, Crystal Clear Satin--Krylon
Paint-Rose Shimmer Metallic, Emerald Greem Metallic--Folk Art Enamals
Clear Micro Beads--Hobby Lobby
Leaf Beads--Local Discount Store Clear Sealant, Silicone Adhesive--Loctite
Paint Brush, Hole Punch, Rectangle Tray, Small Circle Tray, Lg & Sm Candle Sticks, Square Glass Dish, Tall Round Glass Container, Lysol Kitchen Cleaner
I hope you have enjoyed my Spellbinders Design Team project. Then next time you're at the thrift store or the local $ Store see if you can find some simple everyday items and turn them into something beautiful. I hope you have a Wonderful Weekend!! Don't forget to check out the NEW Spellbinders Website & the NEW Blog with some sweet BLOG CANDY!!!