You know when you dying to try something and have so many ideas you don't know where to start, you eventually have to pick something, anything to satisfy your crafting itch....
Our new fitting room curtains where just thing. Determined to use what I had, I made something that should have been a 10 min job, into a 1 week long affair....
I had a roll of Jute/hessian fabric and rolls of this beautiful embriodered cotton I had been storing(hoarding), neither of which where suitable on their own as curtains - a little see through and the hessian was too plain and stiff...so along came the roller stamp.
After allowing the paint to dry, the cut pieces of hessian were then washed to soften the hessian (makes a real mess of your washing machine!).
USING the roller like anything took a few goes to get the right feel, having enough paint on the sponge was a big part, it does take a lot of paint to soak the roller.
Worked really well on wood and so easy, would love to have a wall to try it on, so many things you can do, create your own printed fabric, your own wrapping paper, costom made timber pieces which you could turn into anything.
Finding time to play with all these wonderful new products is half the battle - the other half of the battle is the part of me that expects to know everything and create the perfect uncomplicated easy and speedy project the FIRST TIME....no suffering, fiddling, researching or start overs....
However the course of true love never did run smoothly. I LOVE mouldings, love their character, shape, detail, their patina and how they transform...so I had to figure out these new silicon moulds and the various different mediums.
I had to research, fiddle, start over, rethink and learn from others.....
Hear is what I have learnt and important to remember:
There isn't much info on what glue to use, but I have been using a wood glue as suggested. I prefer applying the moulds when they are still wet. You need to remember that as your moulding dries it will shrink slightly. It pays to be near by during this process unless you too impatient like me and use a hair dryer. As it dries it will lift off your surface, but gently keep tapping it down and pressing the edges to allow it to bond to surface, Again don't be too fussy as the gaps will disappear under the paint.
If you wait until the moulds are dry, you need to remember that they will no longer be flexible, but hard and more delicate. Think about how you want to use them or where you want to apply them.
I also painted them while they were still wet, which seemed to be fine, I used a hair dryer inbetween coats.
Easy clean up with water. I used an old toothbrush to get into the little cracks, works really well
why use these moulds
Well its slightly addictive....but really satisfying making the moulds from scratch. Once you get going, you suddenly realise the endless possibilities. These moulds are so cost effective when you need a few moulds, great for gift making and framing. If you have a girlfriend, why not each buy one, you can share them around as they wear really well.
If you are on facebook, I recommend following the Iron Orchid Designs, they really do some wonderful things and not too "crafty" - wait until you see their stamps....the other thing I have been playing with....the trick to all of this is to actually do the things you love, not just pin them to your board or save them for "when you have time" - there is NO time for anything anymore - you have to carve out time to refresh your soul and do the things you love....
Vintage stain is a waterbased wiping stain available in 6 tints.
It can be wiped onto bare timber to change base colour, or used over painted surfaces for antiquing effects.
Applied with a brush or cloth. When dry seal with vintage clearcoat.
NZ$21.50 - NZ$63.50
Toasted Almond is a sweet beige brown which is warm and soft. Its velvety finish calms and soothes, yet the little pop of colour will give interest and dimension. Toasted Almond works well with Classic White or Antique White.
Voodoo Molly Vintage Paint is a special water-based acrylic paint that is designed to make furniture painting fun and hassle free. The no stripping, no undercoat formula will save you time, money and your sanity!
Vintage Wax 250 ml
Vintage Wax is made from 100% natural ingredients including beeswax and essential oils. It can be safely used on timber, antiques, Vintage Paint, Vintage Chalk, chalk paint, milk paint, leather, children's furniture and toys.
Vintage Wax is non-yellowing so can be safely used on white paint and white leather. It will nourish and waterproof, creating a soft, natural shine.
Vintage Paints Clearcoat
NZ$29.00 - NZ$46.50
Voodoo Molly Vintage Clearcoat is a non-yellowing, water-based polyurethane varnish.
It can be used on bare timber, Voodoo Molly Vintage Paint or Voodoo Molly Vintage Chalk .
It is a superior product that is extremely durable and has a soft semi-gloss finish or use the gloss for a high sheen finish
2 hour recoat