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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Up-Cycled Bangle Bracelets
Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog!! Today I want to share a project I did for the Sabor Papel paper company. Challenging myself to craft with Earth Day in mind has been the best thing I have done this month. I have been inspired to look at my surroundings differently, and even started reading labels for earth friendly products. This week, I was looking around my kitchen and thought, this kitchen needs a little "Sabor" (flavor). So, I grabbed my olive oil bottle and salt and pepper shakers that I got from a dollar store, and quickly got to work putting my own flavor on these common household items. This tutorial is very detailed with many photographs (remember, I am an elementary teacher by day ) but the steps are easy and enjoyable.
Supplies I used:
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2. Prepare all surfaces you will be painting by applying one coat of white gesso. Allow gesso to dry completely.
3. Apply two coats of gold metallic paint. Allow to dry in between coats. I am applying this coat so that some of it may show through later when I sand the final cream coat off the bottle.
4. After the Gold Metallic coat is completely dry, apply two coats of the Purple Metallic paint. This paint, too, will be another layer of undercoat that will show through after sanding. You can just apply one undercoat color, if you like. I wanted to try two different ones to see if I could get more dimension.
5. Apply two coats of the final color. I used Plaid Cream since that is the overall color I want the bottles to be. Let dry at least two hours or overnight.
6. Begin sanding off some of the cream coat to reveal as much of the undercoat as you wish. I used a sanding block to sand the larger flat surfaces.
7. For the deeper creases, I used a piece of folded sand paper. Continue sanding until you get the desired distressed/aged effect.
Here is a close-up of the sanded olive oil bottle. If you look closely, you can see bits of the purple and gold undercoats.
8. Next, I decided how I was going to embellish with the Ramitos design paper. I cut two panels to fit the two flat sides of the bottle. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch on the panels and then glued them on with 3-in-1.
9. I glued Butterbee Scraps round metal embellishment to the other two sides and added a bling sticker from my stash to the center of the metal. I used 3-in-1 to glue both and let dry completely while the bottle laid on its side as shown.
11. To add more dimension and aging, I used my ink applicator and applied Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. After that, I rubbed on a bit of Anitique Gold Rub n´ Buff to the raised designs on the bottle. As you can see here, I chose to glue the Te Amo Banner and Flaming heart cluster cardstock cutouts to the salt and pepper shakers.
12. The final step is to seal all painted and paper surfaces with two coats
of non-toxic Deco Art Decou-Page. Be sure to wipe off any sealer you may have gotten on the bling and metal embellishments, as it may dull it unintentionally.
In the pictures above, you can see the dramatic before and after effects. I love the way this project turned out. This process can be applied to any item you want to alter, whether it be a box, container, or bottle. I hope this inspires you to add a little Sabor (Flavor) into your surroundings. I'm sure you will be glad you did. Thank you for visiting my blog today and please leave a comment to let me know if you like this project. What alterations have you done lately? I would love to hear from you!