Feb 9, 2011

Take Something Ordinary and Make it Extraordinary!

I wanted to show you my latest project that I have listed in my shop - Lula Belle. I found these mirrored sconces at an antique store in the mountains. When I am on the search for items I rarely find something that I would sell as is. Most things I find are pieces that have the potential to be something fabulous and my passion is to make that happen - to take something ordinary and make it into something extraordinary.

Here are the sconces in their original condition.



I painted them carefully being sure to not to paint too thick which would mess with the gorgeous detail.



Next I sanded them so that the gold paint underneath would show through in places where a piece would naturally get worn with age.


And lastly I added an antique glaze for that vintage chic charm that is so gorgeous and elegant.



The pair are for sale in my shop - Lula Belle - Vintage Pair of Mirrored Sconces. Check them out! Also check out my other items while you are there.

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                                                                                 Kate

Feb 8, 2011

I Finally Figured it Out!

After lots of different attempts with lots of different substances I finally have figured out how to make molds so that I can make my own architectural appliqués.

After trying polymer clay, different types of rubber, and after learning what a "Mother Mold" is and how to make it, I finally understand how to make these molds. This will allow me to make lots of gorgeous architectural appliqués that can be used for tons of different decor projects.

Below are some of the molds I have made with Mold Builder. This is a liquid rubber that is brushed on in layers. It works well, however you need to make a Mother Mold with plaster (inexpensive and easy to use) so that your mold has a base that supports it. Without this Mother Mold the liquid resin would spill out of the mold. You can see the Mother Molds in the pictures below - they are the white plaster bases under each mold. This top mold is my favorite. It is a large floral bouquet mold and it is gorgeous! It is a mold of the appliqué that I used on the antique trunk that is listed in my store (http://www.etsy.com/listing/56033466/antique-handpainted-trunk).



Mold Builder is good for the larger molds because you don't have to use as much so it is more cost effective.You can also use it on surfaces that are vertical. However the best product that I found to make molds with is Oomoo 30 which is a pourable silicone rubber. You put whatever you are making a mold of in the bottom of a container and pour the Oomoo over it and wait for it to cure. These molds don't need a Mother Mold and they are very strong and flexible so you can easily peel the cast resin out of them. Below are pictures of some of the molds I have made from Oomoo 30.

                                       



I made the cameo molds above from two framed cameos I have in my living room. Below is one of these framed cameos. I love these and can't wait to make similar framed cameos for my shop on Etsy - Lula Belle.

Below are some of the resin casts that I made from these molds. The resin is not dyed so they are clear. I got some opaque pigment to add to the resin so I can now make these but they will be white in color. This makes it easier to see the detail and also makes them easier to paint. 






Below are the two cameos that I made molds for and these are made with plaster.


I am constantly looking for things I can mold and thinking of projects I can use them for. I get so excited to have figured this out and am looking forward to seeing what I can do with these molds and architectural pieces I can now make. The possibilities are endless!

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                                                                                 Kate
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