Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Homemade Hardware on Creative Juice

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Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza
Homemade Hardware on Creative Juice

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With the right parts and a little know-how, plain pipes are transformed into distinctive candleholders that will help light up any room.

Materials:
3/4" lead pipe, 6" long
3/4" lead flange
3/4" lead coupling
Sophisticated Finishes Patina Antiquing Set (includes copper metallic surfacer and patina green antiquing solution)
foam brush
acrylic primer

1. The flange will become the base of the candlestick. Screw one end of the pipe to the flange and the other end to the coupling.

2. Use a foam brush to apply a coat of primer to all surfaces and let dry.

3. With a small brush, apply copper metallic surfacer to the candlestick. Once dry, apply a second coat, but do not let this coat dry completely.

4. When the second coat becomes tacky, use a small paintbrush to apply patina green antiquing solution. Let the solution drip completely down the candlestick; wait a few minutes for the color to change.

5. Place a candle in the candlestick holder; if the candle is too loose, wrap its base with a small piece of aluminum foil to secure the fit.

Pipe-Part Candlesticks: Painted Finish Materials:
3/4" lead pipe, 6" long
3/4" lead flange
3/4" lead coupling
metal paint
foam brush
ribbon
hot glue

1. The flange will act as the base of the candlestick. Screw one end of the pipe to the flange and the other end to the coupling.

2. Using a foam brush, apply a coat of metal paint to all surfaces. Use a dry brush to feather the pipe, creating a distinctive textured look ,and let dry.

3. Apply a second coat of paint to the flange and coupling.

4. Embellish the top with a decorative ribbon; glue in place, folding back ends to prevent fraying.

5. Wedge a candle in the candlestick holder; if the candle is too loose, wrap the base with a small piece of aluminum foil to secure the fit.

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An ordinary metal washer becomes a funky piece of jewelry with nothing more than decorative paper and glaze.
Materials:
large washer
origami or other decorative paper
scissors
Quick Hold craft glue
Diamond Glaze from Judikins
pencil
1 yd. leather cording
leather clasp
flat-nose pliers
large hole punch

1. Make a laser-printer copy of the decorative paper; only a laser-printed image will work with this project, as a laser image will prevent the colors from bleeding when the diamond glaze is applied.

2. Trace the washer on laser-printed paper. Use a craft knife to cut out first the center, then the complete washer.

3. Place the washer smooth side down and glue paper to the rough side using Quick Hold craft glue.

4. Apply diamond glaze to the top of the washer; use a wooden skewer to spread the glaze, being careful to cover the entire surface of the washer. Let dry for 24 hours.

5. Cut lacing to desired length, fold in half, feed the folded end through the center of the washer and loop loose ends through the folded end.

6. Feed both ends of the cording through a bead, and slide bead down to the washer.

7. Trim ends of the lacing to fit your neck; attach a jewelry clasp to the ends using flat-nosed pliers.

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The '70s are making a comeback, and with this groovy storage locker decorated with lace trim, you’ll be packing in style.

Materials:
small footlocker
wide lace trim
thin rattail cord
tacky glue
scissors
dark red acrylic paint
acrylic primer
medium paintbrush
glazing medium
gold Rub N Buff

1. Tape off trunk hardware to protect from accidental paint drips.

2. In a bowl, mix white glue with water. Cut lace to fit edges, sides and top of trunk. Using a foam brush, apply glue directly to the trunk and attach lace.

3. Attach rattail cord to the trunk with glue mixture, creating decorative swirls, zigzags, patterns, etc. Use other pieces of lace to create flower shapes; just be sure to work on one side at a time (face up) and allow the strings to dry before moving to the next side.

4. Apply primer to entire trunk, making sure to really work the primer into the lace. Let dry overnight.

5. Apply red paint to the trunk; as with the primer, push the paint down into the lace and rattail cording. The process uses a large amount of paint, so make sure to allow a couple of days for the paint to dry.

6. Apply gold Rub N Buff to lace edges to bring out detail.

7. Remove the tape.

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Tired of losing tools? Simple outlines on a pegboard will help keep crafting supplies organized and together in one place.

Materials:
appropriate size pegboard
tool hangers made for pegboard
spray paint (base color)
acrylic paint (accent color)
pencil

1. Paint base color on pegboard.

2. Hang tools on purchased hangers.

3. Outline tools with pencil.

4. Paint outline with acrylic accent color.

1 comment:

  1. I love everything you make but I really love the washer jewelry...would make great Christmas gifts.
    New follower..Would love it if you decided to follow my blog.
    Minta

    mintascreations.blogspot.com

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