Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This is my latest craft-astrophe. In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of Jewelry Makeover – Making Disparate Pieces into a Matching Set, I shared the methods which actually worked to transform a pair of wire-sculpted earrings.
Wait until you see the disasters I had along the way!
In hindsight, some of my failed ideas were pretty silly. But then, so were some of the things that worked really well – like the PearlEx pigment powder sealed with LED nail gel products.
My first idea was to use regular nail polish to protect the center beads while spray painting with metallic enamel spray paint. I used orange polish so I could be sure the entire bead was protected.
Then I thought, no - that won't work. I might not be able to remove the nail polish once I've sprayed it with silver enamel.
So I rubbed the orange nail polish off with ordinary polish remover. It didn't damage the pearly gel nail coating at all. Whew.
My next idea was to cover the bead with thin strips of cellophane tape while I sprayed.
That actually worked well. The tape came off cleanly. The only problem was that the silver was not the bright metallic shown on the can's cap. Yikes!
That's when the craft-astrophe really began.
I used paint thinner to try and remove the silver paint. It didn't take off much of the paint, but it did take off the pearl coating - entirely - like the thin papery shell from a peanut.
That meant I had a chance at a do-over on the bead finish and got it better the second time.
It also allowed me to deal with the dull finish BEFORE refinishing the beads. Always look for the silver lining.
I got out my Dremel tool and used a stiff bristle brush attachment and then a soft wire brush attachment to remove the spray paint.
Guess what - the Dremel brushes shined up the original wire like new. More silver lining. If only I'd thought of the Dremel before the spray paint, right? But from every failed attempt we learn something.
Craft-astrophes - we all have them, don't we? Do you have any to share?