Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Faux Etched Glass Window

Last week, I showed you how I used DecoArt Glass Paints to add color to a glass pendant statement necklace, and I’d shown you a little peek at my parents’ window above their master bath door which I had stenciled with the same type of paint. I wish I had gotten better pictures of the end result, but still I wanted to show you how I used the frost glass paint to create a faux etched glass effect.

Faux Etched Glass Window - The Silly Pearl

I used two flower stencils from this set.

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And after lots of experimenting with different brushes, I liked the smoothness that resulted from using a palette knife to apply the paint. Here I am practicing with another stencil and a piece of glass from a thrifted frame:


This is the paint I used on the window…the 3-D Frost Gloss Enamel Frosted Gloss Writer. I used it simply because it was in a squirt bottle and I didn’t have to deal with a paper plate up on the ladder. Note: if you didn’t spread out the paint and just left it in a line, the paint would have a 3-D effect to it.


Thanks dad for cleaning the window for me with rubbing alcohol, and for setting up the ladder!


At first, I squirted a line of paint onto the stencil like this an then dragged the paint down with the palette knife (like you would when screen printing), but it was difficult to work with that way.


So instead, I squirted the paint right onto the palette knife! I found that it was way less cumbersome.


The first three flowers, after I touched up the sides with a cotton swab dipped with rubbing alcohol. I had a bunch of pre-dipped swabs handy.


I just switched the direction of the stencil as I went across and diagonally down the window, so it would look like blossoms cascading down.

Painting Mom and Dads Window

Done with the first type of flower.


Then I used a different stencil of slightly smaller flowers (in the same stencil pack) as an accent, again turning it in different directions on the window, above and below the first set of flowers.


Argh! I could not get a good final picture of the window! These were the best two.

Mom and Dads Window

Faux Etched Glass Window by The Silly Pearl 

My parents have several windows like this, above their master bedroom door, around their home office doors, and there are also some small windows in the guest room. I’m sure I will be carting these paints back to their house again next time we visit!

Be sure to check my previous painted glass necklace post for more ideas from many of your favorite bloggers (scroll down to the bottom)!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Announcing the Canon Rebel T3 Giveaway Winner

So…who won the Canon Rebel T3 Giveaway?

Will tell you in a minute…hang in there! First I want to say two things…thank you all of the other amazing blogs that teamed up with me to make this amazing giveaway happen. Please take a moment to thank each of them by clicking on the buttons below and leave a comment on one of their blog posts!
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Second, this same group of bloggers is getting together again for another awesome giveaway in November. Perhaps you are familiar with one of these…


So make sure to stick around our blogs and Facebook pages so that you don't miss more information as the giveaway draws closer. If you didn’t win the camera, maybe next time!

Speaking of which…who was the winner of the Canon Rebel T3 DSLR Camera? Here she is…

*** Entry #16,996: Joan Hayes ***

BIG Congratulations, Joan! Enjoy your fancy new camera!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Painted Glass Statement Necklace

It was so easy and fun to create this twist on a teardrop statement necklace with DecoArt Gloss Enamel Paints, made to paint on glass.

Painted Glass Teardrop Statement Necklace - The Silly Pearl

I used their line of frost paints to paint on some strands of glass beads, with the help of some thin paint brushes (also made by DecoArt), and some painters tape.


By the way, the DecoArt line of Gloss Enamel Paints, tools, and stencils are available at Michaels, not near the craft paints, but closer to the glass aisle (with the vases and candle holders):

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It was actually easier to leave the beads on the wire they came in. I just taped off the cut end so they wouldn’t go a-tumblin’.


Then with the painter’s tape, I randomly taped off the top of the beads, either showing a little or a lot of the bottom of the beads.


I started out with the turquoise frost paint.


And applied it to some of the beads, with a light touch.


Next I tried pink…


…but when I painted it on, it was really really light.


So I tried mixing the pink with some red.


And it shows a lot more (sorry it’s so streaky here! I should have used a lighter touch).


Purple was next…it was a lot more saturated.


Moment of truth…removing the tape!


First strand is done.


For the other strand of beads, I used black and white.


I did the same thing as with the other strand, so now I have 18 total beads for my necklace.


Taped them to the wall to dry (there’s a piece of paper behind the beads).


When the beads dried, I was ready to wire-wrap them to my chain. I used an 18-inch length of chain, plus a shorter (about 4-5 inches) for the upper strand. I also used 24-gauge wire, cut into eighteen 2-inch pieces, plus two small jump rings to attach the short strand to the long strand (so it makes a faux double-stranded necklace i.e. just the front is double-stranded. Finally, I have one more jump ring and a clasp. But if you use a chain with a clasp already attached for the long chain, then you don’t need the clasp and 3rd jump ring.


Fold the 18-inch chain in half to find the center. Wire-wrap the pendant…


And attach it to that center point. If you do not know how to wire-wrap, there is a great tutorial by Bev @ Flamingo Toes {Thanks Bev!}


I like to wire-wrap all of my beads at once up until the point where you’d wrap them to the chain.


Space each about 4 chain links apart, around the center one.


Repeat with the short strand, and also attach two jump rings to the ends of the short strand. Bev also has a tutorial for opening and closing jump rings in the same link above. {Thanks again, Bev!}


I wanted the top (short) strand to just slightly drape over the bottom strand, so I attached it with the jump ring about 2 inches above the last teardrop on the bottom strand, on both sides. Finally, attach a jump ring to the ends of the long strand, and a clasp to one of the jump rings (again, see Bev’s tutorial page, linked above).


And you’re done.

Painted Glass Statement Necklace byThe Silly Pearl

My eyeballs and curls decided to point to the west today.

The Silly Pearl - Painted Glass Statement Necklace

I also tried the frost paint on the window above my parents’ master bath doorway a few weeks ago. It was difficult to take a good picture of it, but I hope you get the idea. I used DecoArt stencils and a palette knife. *****UPDATE: I’ve posted a tutorial…click here to see how to create a faux frost etching effect.******

Painting Mom and Dads Window

Mom and Dads Window

For more information, helpful tips, inspiration and videos to help you get started using DecoArt’s line of glass paints, stencils and tools, be sure to visit the DecoArt website or follow #decoartglass on Twitter.

And find even more inspiration here from some of your favorite bloggers. More projects are added every few days for the next week or so, so be sure to come back and check for more!

Disclosure: This post was part of a paid campaign with DecoArt. All opinions are my own.


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