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May 09, 2010

Wall Hanging on a budget

I'm on a strict stash diet at the moment (mainly due to the tax man stealing all my money!) so I'm having to adapt techniques to match in with what I have laying around - it's kind of fun in some ways.  Anyway, I have been wanting to try out Lin Brown's technique tutorial here (mainly the background metal stuff although I will get around to the UTEE one day.... when I dig out my melt pot and pluck up the courage to use it).  I didn't have a mould, and wanted to get one at Ally Pally but alas, cash would not stretch that far.  I did get a different mould from Creative Expressions though and, whilst not quite the right thing sort of worked.  So, here is what I ended up with:
The basic shape is cut from a cereal packet. I used TSS Dark Chocolate metal, and filled some of the diamond shapes with glossy accents and micro beads.  Other diamond shapes were filled with crystal stickles and a few  I scratched off the colour with the brush tool.  I went around the edge with a scootchy wheel.  I don't have any terra so I used Golden moulding paste instead on the left at the top and a few places around the edge, and I used iron ferro and a damp text stamp on the right.  Once it was all dry I used Copper viva precious metal paint to highlight the paste and the ferro and decided to carry that on into the scribbled diamond shapes.  I also decided the bare metal didn't go well in the piece so I painted on some raisin alchohol ink.

I went to the magic box of broken jewellery and other assorted junky stuff and took some chain and a few charms off a sort of belt thing one of my DDs discarded a while ago.  The colour was wrong as they were a sort of antique brass colour, so I coloured them with the raisin alchohol ink as well and used them to finish off the hanging.
As the Alter it Monthly theme this month is Tin Pan Alley (alter a metal item or use metal in the piece) I thought this could be my entry.

12 comments:

ScrappyDandyDoo said...

Ooo thats pretty :D
Well done :D
Julie xx

Crafty Chris said...

Hi wish I was that creative, gorgeous colours.
Christine x

Helen said...

It looks fab, Kay. Well done - I love the colours.

Zuzu's Blog said...

And what a gorgeous entry it is... Very rich looking. Thank you for joining us this month.. I would love to learn how to do this ( and to work out what all the acronyms are lol )

Carmen said...

Ooooooh Kay - I would never ever have guessed this started out as a cereal box. It's stunning!

Tonje said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I have become a follower, I want to see more of what you make!

Missantrhopics said...

This is so amazingly gorgeous! Colours are wonderful. I am so impressed.

Ginger said...

Very creative and very pretty. Thank you for joining in with this months challenge

Gillian said...

Kay, this is a lovely creative and unique piece, the metal effect is brilliant, real depth to this wall art, once again thank you for joining in with our challenge.

craftytrog said...

Wow!! It's stunning Kay! Love the shape too! xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

That's absolutely gorgeous and all the more so 'cos you made do with stuff you had and could afford. I love it, love the colours too.
Anne x

Moira said...

Hi Kay, this is a great piece, looks eally gorgeous