Saturday, June 11, 2011
First official Helmar post!!!!!
Hello there..... I said I would come back and I did! I wanted to share a project I did for Helmar using their 2 step crackle medium and some lovely Pink Paislee Buttterfly Garden collection that Pink Paislee sent to the design team . I am in love with Helmar's crackle finish....I tried to crackle my dh but he wouldn't stand still. I sincerely feel like crackling just about everything. Sooo todays crackle project (there will be more) I decided to start with a chipboard plaque ...I didn't even paint it first..nope. I put the first step on and waited around 10-15 minutes and than put the second coat on pretty thick. I did leave this over night like it said too but have since than tried it on other items and within about 30 minutes they were done. You can start seeing the cracks appear within minutes and it is fun to watch... a little like magic. I have tried other crackle finishes and have never had such good results. After the plaque had dried I rubbed brown shoe polish over it and to settle in the cracks and a bit of dry brushing of cream Delta paint to soften it. I wanted a very antiquey worn finish...what I like to call perfectly imperfect. I couldn't stop there so I also crackled my dress form, the little wooden finials, and the wood spool. For my adhesives I tried the Helmar 450 quick dry and some zap dots for demension on the dressform. This was the first time using the Helmar 450 and I love it...it really dried super fast..which is good because I am a bit impatient! Hope you enjoyed my first post for Helmar! I will be posting soon over at Helmar's blog today...would love to have you come by and see me! Happy Saturday all, cherry