Thursday, January 27, 2011


Well, here it is.  The final project. 

Daisy, if by chance you are looking....GO AWAY.  You'll get to see it in person on Friday!!

Is she gone?  Ok. Good.  Here is the completed project:

Please allow me to insert a VERY large sigh here__________________.  I will be the first to admit that my photography skills are at the beginner level.  But, seriously!! I attempted to get a decent picture in a larger amount of time that completing this project took!! Either I am going to have to figure out how to photograph metal or you are just going to have to take my word on how cool my metal projects look IRL!! May I strongly suggest that you just take my word on how awesome this looks IRL?  Trust me, it will save you a lot of time waiting!!

Enough whining!  A few details.  This started out as a dollar frame from Michael's. I first painted the edges and the back side of the frame with some Clover acrylic paint.   I then traced the frame onto a piece of TSS (TenSecond Studios)  Poison Ivy metal.  I placed a Tattered Angels glimmer screen from the set Fanciful Stencils along one side and traced around it.  Using paper stumps, a refiner and my thin mat, I puffed out the flourish image.  I then filled in the backside of the flourish with some embossing paste.  You could use good ol' Spackle too.  Which, in hindsight, I would use for such a large area.  My hands were killing me trying to squeeze out that much paste!!

After the backing paste had dried, I used a sharp refiner to make all the squiggly lines over the rest of the metal.  The Toad says it makes it look like it is leather IRL.  Again, just take his word on it.  I am soooo not going to try and get another picture of this!!  The squiggles do not make the rest of the frame that much lighter.  They just add a texture.  Sigh.....I really need to figure out how to photograph metal....
The metal was then carefully adhered to the frame with Hummungo Killer adhesive. This stuff is STICKY!! I was sweating bullets in fear that I would adhere it crooked!! 

The daisies were cut using Spellbinders Daisy Head dies and I used a paper stump to emboss them.   I cut them from TenSecond Studios Kiss Me Pink metal.  I then snipped between each petal so that I could bend the petals to my liking.  I spritzed all the layers with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in S.W.A.K.  (pink).  Again, IRL, these flowers are NOT this bright pink!! The Kiss Me Pink metal is more of a pale, blush pink. The S.W.A.K. glimmer mist added a "spritzed" texture (or droplets, if you want to get down to basics) to the petals that I thought added some depth.  I then used my copics to add the yellow centers.  I used my hot glue gun to layer the flowers to each other and to adhere them to the frame.

The chipboard letters are from Maya Road (I believe they are the Noah mini alphabet).  Initially, I attempted to color the letters with a chocolate chip marker.  Then decided that I didn't like that look.  Of course, this was discovered after I had already colored one of my two "M's".  Soooo, the "W's" were called in for replacement duty!!  I decided, that I liked the letters just plain against the metal. 

Ok...I tried again.  Here is another picture that may show some of the detail a bit better.

hmmmm......maybe the key to photographing metal is to take all pictures at night, with no flash, in a poorly lit craft if I could just figure out how to get the framing correct!


Just a heads up that my posting will be pretty scarce over the weekend.  Did I mention that I get to go to CHA?!!  Excitement is oooozing right now!!  Since I am one of the last remaining dinosaurs, who does not have a laptop or an iPad.....I won't promise pictures until I get back.  Unless I can take something decent with my camera phone and figure out how to post from my phone. should probably plan on pics early next week! LOL!!

Till then....................enjoy the creative journey................



A truly amazing piece! Your metal work skills are beautiful. As someone who just couldn't quite grasp the concept I have a huge respect for your talents! Can't wait to see pictures of CHA!

Louisiana Belle said...

Starla, I love your frame and I do believe the it is stunning in real life! Love how the first three letters spell MOM. You are so creative. Have fun at CHA!

Sylvia said...

Absolutely beautiful, Starla! I am amazed at your excellence with metal work. Maybe your next leap should be to get a welder and start metal sculpting. Could replace your day job! Please post from CHA! Have fun. Can you post from your phone on facebook?

Tina Gilmore said...

Wow, what a fab work of art.

Carolyn King said...

wow.that is seriously cool. LOVE it and love the crackle in the finish! Beautiful beautiful!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Ooo, Starla, this is very gorgeous! I love the bold contrast and the shimmer of the metal.