Friday, January 25, 2013

Pattie's Creations Recycled or Altered Challenge

Hi all…it’s been kinda nutty around my place lately, so this post is going to be short but sweet. I know…me doing a short post…it’ll never happen.
Today is Friday, so it is time for another Pattie’s Creations Challenge. The challenge this time is to make something that is either Recycled or Altered. For my project I decided to take a vase and make it into a candle holder. I know, there’s nothing special about that. Well the special part is that I covered the vase in Epson Salts! It was kind of a long drawn out process (I know short post) and I ended up redoing the image and vase 3 times (luckily if you need to, the salts and glue wash off easily with a little warm water and soap).
I started out by temporarily gluing a scalloped oval onto my vase where I wanted to put the image. Then I painted the vase with Aileen’s Tacky glue (had been watered down with a little water) using a sponge brush. I started at the bottom and worked my way around to the top. Then, starting at the bottom, I covered the vase with Epson salts. At this point I removed the scalloped oval and left the vase to dry for a couple of hours. Then I brushed off the excess salts with a soft paint brush and proceeded to add the image. The image that I used is Pattie’s Mum’s in Basket. I printed it out onto velum (hence the reason why it was redone a few times lol)and coloured it with my SU felts. Originally I tried attaching it using Aileen’s glue painted onto the vase…and it puckered up. Then I tried painting it on the velum and it rolled into itself and transferred colours. So then I remembered I had velum glue…it’s kind of like double sided tape. Unfortunately I put it on the wrong side and was unable to get the backing or should I say front off. At that point frustration set in so I took and added double sided tape straight to the vase and using some paper towel to hold it down(this keeps your sweating fingers from transferring the ink on your image), I glued down the image.
Here’s a close up so you can see how the Epson salts look after they have dried onto the vase. 
And here it is with a candle in it.
At this point you should spray it with a clear sealer. I chose to wait as the blog where I got this tutorial had stated that after a few days the salt would change colour and I wanted to make sure that I liked the way it looked before I sprayed it with the sealer. I still love the way it looks so I’ll be doing that this weekend and will try to get a post in of what it looks like afterwards. The sealer that the tutorial said to use is Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear Gloss and I found it at WalMart for less than $5 in the paint department. The vase I picked up at WalMart for under $3. Sorry, I know I promised a short post, but after all, this is me lol.
Now head on over to Pattie’s to check out our challenge, it’s rules, prizes and all of the other wonderful projects that the rest of the Design Team have come up with to inspire you. And then we want to see the wonderful projects that you can come up with. Remember, you don’t have to use a Pattie’s Image, but we sure get excited when you do.
Thanks for looking ~ Charlene
Supplies Used: 
Clean vase, Epson Salts, SU Felts, Gold Felt, Nestibilities Scalloped Oval, Ribbon from my stash, flowers in blue and white and a brad from my stash, Aileen’s Tacky Glue and a sponge brush, Velum and velum glue or double sided tape.
Challenges Entered:
CDAC: Anything Goes Challenge
Lady Anne's Challenge: Anything Goes Challenge #3
Joyful Stamper: Inspire Me Friday's - Challenge #93 - Anything Goes 
Simply Create Too: challenge #29 - Anything Goes
Sparkle and Glitter: Challenge #8 - Anything but a square
Happy Campers: Challenge #9 - Flowers, Use something digital


Anne Temple said...

This is a fabulous altered project Charlene! Haven't seen a tutorial using epson salts, but this is gorgeous and well worth all the frustration and attempts.

Sandi said...

How clever Charlene, Epsom Salts! I just spotted your tutorial link and I might give this a try (been soaking my toe in epsom salts) since I have some on hand. Your coloring of the image is super, and it looks great on the vase. This would make a great gift too!
Sandi ♥
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!

Pattie G said...

Charlene, This is Beautiful! I love how you colored my Mum's In Basket image and I would have never thought about using epsom salts to cover the vase. Very creative...

Pattie ♥

Priscilla said...

WOW, that is so pretty :) Thanks for sharing it with us. What a pleasure to visit your blog .Thank you so much for playing the cdac challenges. Can't wait to see what you will come up with for the other challenges going on. Remember you can enter as many times as you like till March 31st. Happy crafting.

Charlene said...

Anne the tutorial link is highlighted in red. I changed my highlight colour so that they were more pronounced.

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is lovely, I love how the epsom salts came out on the vaase, brilliant idea, Thanks for sharing with us. Thanks also for playing along on Anything but Square fortnight on Sparkle and Glitter with Rick, Hazelxox

she3655 said...

What a Fab vase Charlene, I would never have thought about using Epsom Salts.... Love the digi image you've used... Thanks for joinijng in with us at Happy Campers x

Shelly Parker - Shellys Images said...

oooh, this is a very fun project. I love the sparkle and shine created by the epsom salt. Thanks so much for sharing this project at CDAC for the Anything Goes Challenge. -Shelly

Kim Kelley said...

How cool is this! I loev it Char...will have to try it! Very creative! HUGS

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Charlene: Your vase is beautiful--what a nnovel idea---I'll be using this soon. Glad you joined us at Simply Create Too for Challenge #29 - "Anything Goes"--Come by this Friday for our new challenge?

Simply Create Too Design Team Member

Anonymous said...

Charlene~This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for joining us for our 3rd Anything Goes Challenge on Mondays at Lady Anne's. We look forward to seeing you again. :)

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