Cuckoo Redo

Call me cuckoo, but I wanted to try painting and distressing a cuckoo clock. They are funny little clocks. I like their cuckoo, but I wanted to see how they would look in another color other than their standard red/brown. I found a little antique cuckoo and painted it using two colors of Annie Sloan chalk paint. If you like shabby chic accessories, than why not try painting your own little cuckoo.

For this project you will need:

Cuckoo Clock

Annie Sloan paint in Old White & Duck Egg Blue

Paint brushes- 1 standard, and one small 

Sand Paper Block ( med grit) or sand paper

Annie Sloan wax in Clear, and Dark

Remove the weights, pendulum, and back door of clock.

Start by painting your clock with one coat of old white. Use a small brush to get in the cracks and corners. Be careful when lifting the clock to handle it delicately. Do not paint the dial mechanisms, but do paint the hands of the clock. 

Paint a second coat of Duck Egg blue.

Take a slightly damp cloth and wipe away some areas of the duck egg blue to expose the old white.

Take a small brush to paint the chains and weights duck egg blue. You will need to paint the rest of the chain hidden in the clock last. Take a paper towel and run it along the chain to make sure there is no paint inside the chain links.

Let Dry.

Take sand paper and rub away on the corners and raised areas to expose the brown wood in small areas. Do the same to the pendulum exposing some brown metal.

Apply clear wax and use cheesecloth to rub. See this post for the how to on waxing:

Next apply the Dark wax and make sure to get it into all the carved detail. Rub again with cheesecloth. 

Here is the top of the clock that came off during painting. You can see where the dark wax got into the crevices. 

Let dry 24 hours and buff. Once the clock is running take a small paint brush to paint the chain that was inside the clock after it has dropped down. Again make sure there is no paint inside the links. 

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Rockin' Wine Glasses

You can really create some fabulous, and unique wine glasses using dollar store glasses and acrylic gems. I chose to add cabochons to this project to give the glass some extra character. You can find plastic cabochons in the scrapbook aisle of the craft store. They also sell theme packs of buttons with the shanks removed that work great for this project. Use cabochons, or all gems, either way you will have one rockin' wine glass. Create a set of 4 for a great gift. They are quick and easy to make.

For This Project You will Need:

Wine Glass ( $1 at The Dollar Tree)

Acrylic Gems ( $1 a Pack at The Dollar Tree, or find them at craft stores like Michael's)

Cabochons (Plastic buttons without the shank, scrapbook stickers with the adhesive removed, jewelry etc.)

E 6000 Adhesive (or other jewelry type glue that bonds to glass)

Gem Pick Up Tool or Wax Pencil

Start by gluing down your cabochons. Arrange them on the glass base and either carefully apply a dab of glue, or use a toothpick to pick up the glue and smear onto the back of the cabochon.

Let your cabochons dry for a few minutes and then start filling in the base with the small acrylic gems. 

Take a toothpick and smear some of the glue in a 1" area. Work in small areas so the glue does not dry too quickly. 

Use your gem pick up tool to pick up the small gems and set them into the glue area. The gems will slide around a little so just move them in place and they will set in a few minutes. 

Continue working around the glass base filling in small areas with the gems until the whole area is filled to your liking. I used mostly clear gems, but added some red and black ones for contrast. 

When your base is all filled in check that the gems are all staying on the glass base and not sliding off by running your finger around the edge making sure that all the gems line up. If one is slightly off just lightly push the gem back in place.

Stem:If you want to apply gems to the stem as well you need to work slowly up the stem. Do one row around the stem and let the gems dry slightly before you start the next row above. When you get about half way up the stem turn the glass over and continue from top down.

Let your glass dry for 24 hours.

Once completely dried apply windex to a paper towel and run it around the glass base. This will clean up any wax pencil marks, and glue strings. Also if you have a gem that wasn't adhered well it will pop off and you can glue it. These glasses will need to be hand washed.

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The Rebel Crafter

Web Finds

Hi all! Sorry I was out of commission last week! I had the wonderful luck of being able to take a quick vacation to Newport Beach, California. Because of my Husband's connections we were fortunate enough to stay at the amazing Pelican Hill Resort for the weekend. I did not want to leave. The room and food were absolutely divine. While my poor Husband had to work my Daughter and I went to the beach, caught up with an old friend, and went on a whale watching tour. Once he was free we were all able to take in Disney. Now that I have come back to reality, I promise some great tutorials this week. In the meantime (while I unpack) here are some fun web finds.

Paint some frames on your walls.

Adorable reversible baby booties.

Peanut butter cup cupcakes...mmmmm.

Watercolor stencils. Love this idea for art, or notecards.

Make your own fabric covered crate stools

Individual banana cream pie cups. 

Beautiful bow lampshades.

Save money and do your own feather extensions.

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The Rebel Crafter

Web Finds

Loving this pillow.

These would look so great on a box, or gift bag.

Use dollar store items and bake on paint for a unique candle or cupcake holder.

Do you own a blog? Here are fee organizing pages to download.

I know Easter is over, but these plush rabbits would be a sweet baby gift.

Easy to follow instructions for an envelope pillow.

How adorable to hang in your tree.

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The Rebel Crafter

Chalk Paint Makeovers

I wanted to share with you some furniture painting I have done using Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue chalk paint. I wanted to show how the results can be quite different depending on the wax you you choose to finish the piece with. I painted over two wood pieces and a black painted candle holder. I know many of you might be fearful of painting over a wood antique piece, but if you aren't loving the piece go for it! It will immediately change it's look. 

For these makeovers you will need:

Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue Paint

Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax

Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax

For the desk and Candle I also used Annie Sloan Old White Paint.

To achieve the look on the claw foot table I used 250 grit sand paper to gently rub off any old flaking varnish.

I Painted  two coats of Duck Egg Blue.

Take 250 Grit sand paper and gently distress the edges. Do this randomly over the piece to the areas that would naturally get bumped. I choose not to sand the top of the piece, only the sides. 

Finish the piece using Clear and Dark Soft Wax.

Start with the Clear wax working it into a portion of the table and wiping off.

Once the entire piece has been waxed using Clear, do the whole piece again using the Dark wax.

Apply a good amount of the Dark Wax. Work it into the cracks and crevices of the table.

Too much aging? Reapply the clear wax and it will come off when you wipe.

The Dark wax turns the Duck Egg Blue into a more green/blue hue.

Buff 24 hours later.

For the desk I also painted two coats.

Also sand the sides and legs to reveal the wood color below.

Paint the medallions Old White.

Make sure to sand the metal drawer pulls before painting. 

For this piece I only finished using clear wax. This will keep it a clear duck egg blue color. Again Buff 24 Hours later.

For the Candle I painted a black candle holder with two coats of paint. I used Old white on the details of the holder. I painted it rather primitively so it would appear older. I finished it with clear wax and then dark wax. 

Refer to my Antiqued and Distressed Bench Project for the how to's of painting and waxing:

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The Rebel Crafter

Baby Bootie Card Repost

Happy Easter. Since it is a holiday I decided I am going to repost one of my very first craft projects. I have improved on my photography a lot since I started this blog about 7 months ago. I wanted to make this baby card again so I am adding new photos of the project. This is a fun card to make, and you do not need a cutting machine. You just download my hand drawn template and cut out. It is fun to make it in different patterned papers. Just click on the original link for more detailed instructions. 

Here are the original post for detailed directions:

Here are the basic instructions:

Download the template for the Baby Bootie and the Baby Bootie insoles.

Template #1 the Outer Bootie and strap

Template #2 The insole

Print out onto card stock. I cut my decorative 12" x 12" inch paper to 8.5" x 11"

I used black card stock for the insole and patterned scrapbook paper for the bootie and strap. 

Cut out the designs.

Attach a piece of card stock to your plain card using tape runner.

Attach the baby booties to the card using tape runner.

Attach the baby bootie insole using tape runner.

Attach the straps with tape runner on just the ends (so the strap pops up), or with a glue dot. 

Stick on an embellishment to the strap.

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