This isn’t so much a tutorial as more an answer to a few inquiries I had about the gold elements from the Pink Lemonade Table Decor. There are a variety of metallic paints, waxes, glazes, leafs, foils, etc. for when you want to add shine to a project. Each one has a place depending on the project and the look you are going for. In this case I wanted a poured metallic look to cover the inside of real and scultped seashells and the outside of paperclay sand dollars.
I used Liquid Leaf* to finish these items. The below picture is from Plaid’s website. They have not paid me to say these nice things. In fact I doubt they know this website exists…
You can achieve a leaf-like finish by thickly brushing on a coat and letting it dry. I use some throw away flux brushes so I don’t have to worry about clean up.
You can get a metallic accent by brushing a thin coat on as I did with this Goodwill tray. I did white-wash it with a layer of acrylic paint first and then used the liquid leaf along the bottom edge.
Finally liquid leaf works well on a lot of materials. I finished the inside of real seashells as well as my faux created ones.
To be honest I initially planned on using rub-n-buff but I couldn’t find the tube in the basement. However, I like the look of poured and cast metal that the liquid leaf created. I’ll definitely use it again when I need this particular effect.
Make sure to put a thick coat on if you want a poured look.
DO NOT touch until fully dry. Just don’t. Let it dry.
You may need to cover the with a clear acrylic top coat. Tarnish can occur and heavy use items will rub.
It stinks. Ventilation is key. Otherwise it is easy peasy to apply.
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I initially had the idea for this table setting from some sea shells I found when scrounging through my mess of a basement. I had saved a small bag of pink scallop shells and thought they would make a good basis to start my summer decor. Though I live in the mountains my second love is the beach. I wish I was a lake girl, since so many lakes are so much closer, but the mud, the dark water, the… Nope it is sand and surf for me. However, any good mountaineer knows overdoing the surf theme just seems out of place. So here is my hybrid of pink, salmon, & gold. Call it pink sand, shore, and lemonade inspiration.
The table setting is anchored by a diy ribbon chandelier (tutorial here) above and gold tulle net runner below. The gold accents unify the various shades of pink that run from rose to salmon. Shoo… okay I can say I used my art degree today to critique my design. Now on the the fun stuff!
PINK LEMONADE CUPCAKES!
I knew I wanted some fun pink desserts and, thank the grocery gods, I walked by a display for Pillsbury pink-lemonade cupcakes.
Yes I can bake… But can I decorate a cake? Oh hell no. It is a crafting skill that is just beyond me. Knowing this, I often take the easy way out with mixes, pre-made icing, and sugar sprinkles. As far as I can tell sugar sprinkles cover a multitude of sins. Plus who could walk away from a thing of icing labeled ‘Pink Lemonade”. And I swear I am not getting paid by Pillsbury to say all this awesome stuff. Though, if they would like to, feel free to give me a ring.
Oh my! I almost forgot mixed berry sangria! Perhaps I should preface this with my Facebook status:Not to be a braggart but I make multiple awesome sangrias. Citrus, berry, peach, etc… One for every season. The recipe for this mixed berry and lemonade one will be up Thursday!
One of the things I enjoyed most about creating this display was learning to gold foil fabric (tutorial coming). I thought the ombre dyed napkins (another upcoming tutorial) really set of each place setting because of the gold edging. I’ll leave you with one more picture and a list of craft tutorials and how-tos required to recreate this summer table decor.
I would love to have a better name and ideas on what you like or would improve. Every table display is a learning experience so please leave comments. Other than the cupcakes… Those mo-fo’s were delicious!
I haven’t done any personal blogging here on Craft Thyme and think it will likely be a rare occasion because I want to keep the topics relevant and craft oriented. However, a little behind the scenes sometimes puts crafting in context and honestly this crafting fail was too good not to share.
While there are a lot of abandoned projects that just don’t make it up to par, usually, when I am building on the tutorials of other sites they turn out alright. Or hell they at least turn out… And since I am being personal there are a lot of projects that just require too much time. I work outside the home and I have two children ages 3 and 1. Let me repeat that: two boys ages 3 and 1. Not close to 4 and 2… We got a barely potty trained and a crawler. I’m surprised I remember my name and that is often why things don’t reach fruition.
Back to the Point (If there is one to this post):
I should have known something was desperately wrong when the first ingredient was an entire roll of toilet paper. Have you ever actually seen how much paper is on a roll?
I have probably sealed my fate by allowing the boys to help remove the toilet paper from the roll. I did at least have sense enough to take the roll away from the bathroom so as not to reinforce removing paper from the regular area.
It was only downhill from there…
Plaster the Second Issue:
I worked with plaster throughout art school. I know it has a short set up time, thin consistency, and works best for smoothing and casting. Why I thought its properties would suddenly transform with the addition of toilet paper and glue, I will never know. I mean toilet paper is magical… So it made a little sense at the time.
The Final Fail:
The first time, the plaster set up too fast, the second time it was liquid then the plaster set up too fast. Sensing a theme? If there had been a third time I would have been insane. I am still removing tiny bits of plaster-coated TP from under my nails as I type this. And let me tell you there is an undesirable ick factor to a bucket of wet toilet paper. And since this is “nice” blog we won’t discuss what wet toilet paper looks like ground up, and then splattered down your front. Feel free to discover that gem on your own.
I adore Twigg Studios and regularly follow their blog, but honestly, in this particular case she must have some kind of plaster voodoo to have achieved this light, smooth, and airy texture. Possible sanded the shit out of it was Patrick’s (My Husband’s) suggestion. I found a similar recipe using joint compound, but now having worked with the texture of the mix I think that this might be a DIY that requires a commercial product.