Sunday, January 27, 2013

What do you see when you pick up a thrifty item? when you look at a spring form cake pan what do you see???
Since I'm not really a baker I see something totally differnt than most...
I snagged up the worn out spring form pans for a cool $4 at a yardsale knowing exactly what I was going to do.
I know some of you have seen these before...but I took mine a step further as I tend do. I not only painted the candlesticks but I gave the worn out pans a thrifty makeover using alcohol inks.

I first Painted the pans a black/silverish color with alcohol inks...but found it was too dark so I went back over with the reds, oranges, touch of black and copper metallic to give me a copper look.

I also painted the candlesticks a greenish/turquoise color (sorry I forgot to take pics of some of the painting steps, I was engrossed in the moment) Then dry brushed a copper glaze paint. LOVE!

On the spring latches I used the alcohol inks in the blue shades to create the same color as my candlesticks. And I aslo painted the inside of the pans the same as the latches for interest.

Use E6000 to glue the candlesticks to the pans...

Now it's ready for my paints...

Love the contrast between the copper look and the turquoise!

No it's not crooked...I tilted my camera on not the best! (sorry for the shadows)

But I just love, love, love how it turned out and I can't wait to put it in my new art studio (hopefully that will be soon).

So just remember....when thrifting or browsing yardsales try to see things in a differnt way, they just may turn out to be useful!
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  1. Wow! You sure know how to think outside of the box, Christy! Love it! You need to enter this in one of those blogger contests like Metamorphosis Monday. I know you'd get picked and it would bring lots of blog traffic to your site.

  2. Thanks Terri...Yea I normally do link to a lot of blog linky parties, I just haven't done this one yet. I also put this project on my Pickin' blog since I found the cake pans while pickin' I did link that post to several other linky parties.

  3. Lindo e criativo seu trabalho, parabéns. Adorei seu blog cheio de dicas maravilhosas. Amei seu casamento, ficastes uma noiva linda. Parabéns e muita felicidade em seu casamento.
    Tenha um ótimo dia.

  4. This is such a great idea! I know what you mean about being inspired in "not-so-normal" ways...ha! :) I really love your painting technique---I've not seen that before. Thanks so much for stopping by this morning and for following. I'm following you too!

    Thanks for linking up, I've added you to the reminder list!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  5. This is gorgeous! It looks like a zillion bucks, and such a beautiful storage piece for your studio. I love it!

  6. Thanks for stopping by The House on Lavender Hill and becoming my newest follower!

    I LOVE what you did - talk about thinking outside the box! Wow!! The copper and the turquoise look amazing together and it all came together fantastically!

    thanks for sharing,
    gena - YOUR newest follower!

  7. That is amazing. It's so pretty and useful. LOVE your page this Wow us Wednesday.

  8. Thanks guys for all the sweet comments! Hugs to all!

  9. What a great project! I love the way it all turned out!

    Thanks for coming by. I'm looking forward to following you too!
    Have a great day.

  10. Wow. I have to say you totally replicated copper. I will have to look into alcohol inks. Excellent post! Cheers.

    1. Thank you so much. And the cool thing is that they work on metal and dry almost instantly and you really can't mess them up. If you don't like it, you can just go right over it with other colors. I may do a video post on how to use them in a week or so.

  11. This turned out fabulous! Love the copper.

  12. That is an incredibly clever project. Love it.

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