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Day 85(4 days late): Custom Frame

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

So, I started this project at like 7 pm… but was doing several different things at the same time and my first attempt failed. I’ll get into that in a bit, but that’s why I’m posting this at 3:15 am… (but I’m changing the publish time to earlier so it will dated April 30… just for my sake of keeping track!)

So, about the project! I’ve been working on a piece that I will post on Saturday. Since it’s a present, I won’t give anything away yet, but I wanted to frame said piece. I couldn’t spend a whole lot and I didn’t want to just give them a boring old frame, so I decided to get a plain black frame and jazz it up a bit! Here’s a ridiculously blurry of the frame before…

I’ve seen people use silver leaf on frames and things like that before, so I wanted a look like that… sort of distressed/aged silver. But when I got to Hobby Lobby, their silver leaf was like $12+!!! So I ended up browsing around a little bit and eventually found some silver acrylic paint for 3 bucks. And then I found a one step crackle finish product for 2 bucks!! JACKPOT! So I got all that, went to the grocery store, came home, had dinner, and then got to work! Well I started painting the silver on, and it was really, really streaky, so I decided to do two pretty thick coats. So, it took a bit for them to dry, between and after. Then I just brushed the crackle finish on top! Well, after waiting 2 hours (!) for it to dry and finish it’s crackle magic, It had crackled the top layer of paint, but you couldn’t see the black at all!! If I wanted that I could’ve just bought a silver frame and been done with it. So I tried sanding it down a bit in some spots to try and distress it a bit, but all the paint started peeling off!! So, I ended up having to scrap all of the paint off and start over…. and that took a long time! (And I’ve got bit’s of silver paint chips in my carpet… cleaning tomorrow!) At any rate, for the second go round, I just did a light brush of the silver, purposely leaving it streaky so you could for sure see the black! I topped it off with the crackle finish and waited…. forever. (Well, I was dying my hair at the same time, so it wasn’t like I was sitting watching paint dry.) Now that I’m finally finished, I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Close-up sans flash to see the crackle!

I love the way this looks! And I think crackle finish and I are going to be BFFs! Can’t wait to see how it looks when my present is all finished!

Day 86 coming up in just a bit!

Anna Grace