Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Craft-astrophes: Do you Have One to Share?

MoonstoneThis 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.

MoonstoneWait 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.

MoonstoneMy 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.

MoonstoneMy 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?


ACreativeDream June Crawford said...

LOL... Oh, Eileen... how many I could share. Like the first attempt at the petroleum jelly resist I used in painting. It's supposed to resemble a peeling paint surface. It didn't.

Oh, and there's the time when my ex and I were first married when I was making salt dough ornaments for our Christmas tree. I wanted to make a teddy bear dressed in a police uniform to represent him, but it turned out looking like a pig instead of a bear. Good thing he had a sense of humor about it.

Or, how about the time I was painting a family crest for a client... the crest was 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall, and the only place I could work on it was sitting on the kitchen floor... worked great until just as I was almost finished the dog walked across the plate of red paint and all over the canvas...

Oh my goodness, I could go on and on and on... but that's all in the fun of it, right? I've always said I've learned a whole lot more from my mistakes than I have by the things I got right!

Eileen Bergen said...

Oh my, June, I would have cried if the dog walked over one of my pieces.

The Christmas Teddy pig story reminds me of the cable knit sweater I made for my first serious boyfriend. It had gorilla arm sleeves. lol.

jinxxxygirl said...


I sat here and sat here and thought and thought....surely i've had craftastrophes....surely......perhaps i've conveniently forgot them? There is however only one that sticks out in my mind before ive had my first cup of coffee this morning and its not really a craftastrophe as much as it is a lapse in judgement...but what can i say i was in LOVE.....Before hubby and i got married we lived in a trailer park in a terribly run down trailer, hubby worked in the army and i worked nights in a convenience store.....and....I guess i wanted the whole world to know that i LOVED this man so .... I painted our mailbox blue with pink and red hearts all over it.......sigh....I think it was a little loud for still get teased about it to this day....What can i say? Love makes you do crazy things.... :) Hugs! deb

Eileen Bergen said...

No fair, Deb. That's not a craft-astrophe. That's a very sweet love story.


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