Friday, 22 January 2016

2016 #2: Lavender Blue {by Lucy Edmondson}

 2016 Topic 2: Hearts

Hi everyone Lucy from True Colours here.

Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about gilding the inside of a bottle with gold embossing enamel. It's a heart shaped bottle, to go with our current theme of Hearts. I don't know if this has been tried before, it probably has, but for me it was a fun experiment when I wondered in the middle of the night (as you do!) if it would be possible to melt the embossing  powder by heating the glass carefully from the outside.

I chose to make a home decor item as I have been turning my old bedroom at my Mum's into as much a sanctuary as possible as I spend so much time with her, and it hasn't been decorated since 1974. It's great with Frescos that you can have whatever colourscheme you choose, and I now have many Frescoed items to match my purple bedlinen.


Step 1: To start off, I used the end of a plastic spoon to tip a little gold embossing powder into my bottle and applied the heat gun to the outside. You don't want to get the glass too hot in case it cracks, so go carefully. Stop once it's molten and sprinkle some onto another area and do the same again. ( Ignore the Versamark and the cottonbud, I'd forgotten I had a clear embossing pen for doing the rim!)



Step 2: Drizzle Wisteria Fresco Finish paint inside the bottle, swirl it around until it is fully coated, then let it drain upside down briefly until dry.



Step 3: Dip the rim of the bottle into the gold embossing powder and melt with the heat tool. If you need to touch up any areas, use a clear embossing pen.





Step 4: Now for the embellishments for the neck of the bottle. Use a piece of cut n dry foam to apply a very thin coating of Wisteria to the rough side of a piece of frosted shrink plastic.




Step 5: Die cut the prepared shrink plastic piece into two sizes of heart. I chose the larger size to fit the butterfly from Hot Picks HP1301 I used Jet Black StazOn and I like to take the shrink to the stamp and press all over with my fingers until I can see the design come through evenly. With frosted shrink, I prefer to paint the rough side and stamp on the shiny side as this gives you a glossy final image.


 HP1301




Step 6: I then stamped some smaller hearts in the same manner using script from HP1304 and a small and a large heart with flowers from HP1009. I then punched a hole in the top right hand corner, shrank them with the heat tool, and edged them with gold embossing powder. You could use a gold pen instead.


HP1304 
HP1009.



I threaded the shrink plastic charms onto gold elasticated thread. You can see the shrunk designs a bit more clearly in this final photo. As you can see in the main photo, I am using my mini vase for a bunch of lavender.



This was such a quick and fun project to make! I would love to experiment with different shades of Fresco and some other metallic embossing powders. It could be done very inexpensively by recyling room fragrance diffuser bottles, and could make great co-ordinated table flower arrangements for a DIY wedding! I'm thinking pale gold embossing powder with Nougat Fresco, and a spray of peach roses ..........
Lucy, True Colours

Lucy this is just beautiful, and what a gorgeous, restful colour palette, perfect for a bedroom. How fantastic that you were able to emboss 'inside' of a bottle, genius! I would have been scared to crack the bottle, but you are an adventurer! A really lovely and professional looking piece of home decor. ~ Darcy 


We would love to see how you interpret this Hearts  topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #2: Hearts, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The 'Hearts' link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, February 7th. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

NB this link is open for 3 weeks instead of 2 - all will become clear why on Jan 31st! 

26 comments:

massofhair said...

Fantastic Lucy, looks amazing and so pretty:-) xxx

Helen said...

Thus us beautiful Lucy! The bottle is such a lovely shade to start with.

Helen said...

Thus us beautiful Lucy! The bottle is such a lovely shade to start with.

Miriam said...

gorgeous bottle. ...love the colours you've chosen

Ruth said...

Love this idea, fabulous project, gorgeous results Lucy! Ruth x

Lin said...

what a brilliant idea Lucy!! it's gorgeous xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

This is absolutely enchanting lovely Lucy! Just perfect for your sanctuary! Can always rely upon you to come up with something different! Xx

Claire said...

Fab idea Lucy! Love the colours and those little shrink hearts too xx

Wanda Hentges said...

A beautiful project!!!!

Julie Ann Lee said...

This is so glorious, Lucy! I really love the gold and Wisteria combo and I always love the detail one can add with Shrink Plastic: those Hot Pick images look lovely on hearts! What a fabulous photo too - exquisitely styled! Superb project! xx

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

What a stunner Lucy!! Very clever and lovely item for your other bedroom!!

Lesley Ebdon said...

Aw Lucy this is soooooo pretty! What a gorgeous shaped bottle you started with and I love the makeover you have given it. The shrinky hearts are lovely.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Kirsten said...

That is beautiful!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Beautiful bottle Lucy!! Lovely Lavender colours and fabulous tiny hearts embellishment. xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

That's so pretty. Great upcycling. Lx

butterfly said...

What a fabulous gilded effect on the bottle interior, Lucy - so clever, and it looks wonderful.
Alison xx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Lucy, this is just so very pretty and the gold looks so beautiful paired with the Wisteria Fresco.
Such a lovey idea that you are creating a place of sanctuary for yourself while you spend much time with your Mum.
Wishes
Lynne

Lynn Price said...

Fabulous!! Very peaceful. And wonderfully engaging with all the texture and that beautiful color. And did I say fantastically creative?! Wow! xx Lynn

Sue C said...

Beautiful project Lucy,the mixture of the embossing and the Fresco inside the bottle gives a fabulous distressed look. Sue C x

Mac Mable said...

Never would have thought to do anything like this. Such a clever idea with the glass bottle. Beautiful colours and the shrink plastic hearts are adorable. Thank you for the inspiration x

Craftyfield said...

What a beautiful make and such a clever idea... It had to be tried and thank you for sharing your discovery Lucy.

Susan Carol said...

Lucy, this is beautiful! Love the idea of the gold inside the bottle and the finished effect with the paint is gorgeous. The hearts are beautiful.

Linda said...

This is beautiful and such a clever idea ..... love the shape of the bottle too! x

craftytrog said...

This is stunning Lucy! Such a lovely idea! xx

Julie Bell said...

What a pretty little jar, love the way you used paint and embossing powder in the jar xx

Charne aka Meisie said...

Super project! I love how this turned out!

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