Friday, September 23, 2011

Project: Mercury Pumpkins

      I love fall.  I think that may be the ultimate cliche, but I do not care.  It is a great season, and there are so many reasons that everyone proclaims their love of it regularly.  I am on the fall bandwagon and couldn't be happier to be there.  I got a Pottery Barn catalog in the mail, as I do every two days or so it seems.  This was the holiday version, and on the front were some beautiful mercury silver pumpkins.  I love things that are shiny and sparkly, and I certainly love pumpkins - put those hands together, and I am sold.  I thought it might be easier and cheaper to recreate than purchase from Pottery Barn, and it was!

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When I looked online, it actually looked like most of these were sold out, but the little one that was still available cost $24 - it cost me a little over $35 to make all three of mine.  You could probably find cheaper pumpkins - I wanted the good foam ones that would last for several years, and they aren't just super cheap, even when 40% off at Hobby Lobby.

Here's what you need.

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A pumpkin (mine were all heavy foam pumpkins)
Metallic Silver Spray Paint
Martha Stewart's Metallic Mercury Glaze

I started off by spray painting all the pumpkins just silver.  You could actually just stop there and have cool silver pumpkins.  That would be super easy.

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After getting them all silver, I took the glaze and painted over the spray paint.  I took a self-timer picture of myself crafting this step - I am thinking I may not do that very often.

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Here is what my little pumpkins were up to while I was crafting.

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In my mind, the mercury glaze was supposed to make it look more dirty and glazy.  It just looked a little more silvery when I was finished.

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So, I decided to improvise.  I mixed the glaze with a little black acrylic paint and water in a cup.

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I put black spots over the pumpkins.

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Then, I brushed just plain water over that to make it run and spread out.

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It worked!  At least, I like the way it turned out.

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Happy Fall!

1 comments:

wallacefamilyblog said...

Thanks for a wonderful idea! Looks like yall had lots of fun doing it.