Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tiered Plates Project

Here’s my last crafty Christmas post.  
We’re still making things (school is on hold), 
but everything else is a secret until Christmas Day!

 Do you ever have something to display, 
but no great way to do it?  This especially happens to me 
with small items… things like the Star Christmas Candle jars we made.  
They would be lost just sitting clumped together on a table top.
  I wanted something kind of fun and Christmasy to put them on.   
 Here’s the secret:  the red “cake stand” is really 
just two 5 for $1 glass items from Goodwill. J  
All you need is a glass plate, a vase/glass/goblet,
 some gel crazy glue, and spray paint!

 I had a great time going to Goodwill and picking out shapes.  
It was harder than I thought it would be to
 overlook the colors and only see the profiles of the dishes.  
I came home with this little collection.

 I used Gel Krazy Glue to glue the inverted vases
 to the underside of the plates.

 Make sure your glass is perfectly clean before spray painting.  
Any little smudge of oil from your hands
 makes a rough spot in the paint finish.  
Use as many coats as needed to cover well.  
I also finished with a clear gloss spray over the
 paint just to make it really shine, 
but it wouldn’t be absolutely necessary.

 I’ve been pretty careful when I carry these tiered plates
from place to place.  
I’m not confident that the glue is completely reliable.  
But for sitting around, they’re doing fine!

Some notes:  (In other words, learn from my mistakes!)
Make sure your paint is thoroughly cured before setting anything on it!
(Even if it feels completely dry, let it cure 24 hours!)

If your dishes have designs on them that are decals and feel slightly raised,
they will show through the paint.  This didn’t matter on mine, but a picture of Elmo
or someone showing through might not be the look you’re going for!)

Plates that are perfectly flat on the bottom look better than ones that sit on a ridge
if you’ll be seeing the finished product from below or at eye-level

"O magnify the LORD with me, and let us 
exalt His name together."
Psalm 34:3

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