|The finished Product......Yeah!!|
This is a gift that was given to me by Fiona Jennings and her hubby Ray (you will have seen a previous post about her Zibbet Store). And when Ray brought this home from the car boot sale and Fiona said it was available I nearly jumped through the laptop screen to grab it! So they kindly gave it to me.
It is my wee brother, Corey's 11th Birthday on the first on November. Corey is an incredibly smart child and has been playing guitar for a few years now and is amazing at playing it. Ive never seen a child his age play as well. But then Im slightly biased.....just a bit, heehee.
WHAT I DID
Well I couldnt very well leave it like it was.......that wouldnt be me.
So I wrapped the whole thing in aluminium foil tape. This tape is much stronger than just wrapping it in tin foil. BUT, you can use tin foil, it works just as well. You just need to be a bit more careful or buy the extra thick tin foil. I had to then use my bone folder, embossing tool and the best tool of all......my thumb.....to emboss it all as I didnt want to lose the fantastic textures of the wires.
|Before the "Wrapping"|
|Many Foil Tape cuts to my hands later!!|
One bad thing though is that I got LOADS of foil cuts. Maybe if I hadnt been so eager.......ok......impatient to get it done I wouldnt have had so many cuts! But at least I can say my blood, sweat and tears went into altering it......literally, heehee.
After embossing it all so the wires showed, I painted it in different colours. WHAT??? I here you cry. Dont panic...........I knew what I was doing (she says with the knowledge of hindsight, lol).
Heres how it looked. Awful right? Just wait though....I havent added the black paint yet. WHAT AGAIN?? Calm down.......everything will be ok. lol
|I painted the whole guitar is different coloured|
acrylic paints including gold and blue metallic acrylics
|Close up of the awful multi-coloured paint job, heehee|
Yeah.......I know. What was I thinking! But there is another step that makes it look even worse before it gets better, lol.
Once the paint is COMPLETELY dry, you need to take black acrylic paint and paint the whole thing black. AHHHHH!!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING PAINTING IT ALL BLACK LOOPS? Once painted completely black, take a cloth or kitchen roll and start to wipe it off! Eh?? Yeap, wipe the black paint off carefully so as not to take the colours underneath off.
You may find as you are doing this that some of the black paint has dried. Simply spray the black paint with a light spray of water. OR, you could do what I did, I used a wet one to wipe it off. This meant I didnt need to use water so I had more control of taking off the black paint and not the coloured paint.
So, the black paint will cling to all the little nooks and crannies and I also left some of the paint in places all over the guitar. Its entirely up to you how much or little of the black paint you wipe off. And in some places you may find the coloured paint comes off too and some of the silver foil shows through. But that was fine by me as I wanted it to look rough and ready.
So once I finished wiping off the black paint, I took some antique gold rub on's (or rub and buff) and put a bit on my finger and went over the guitar strings and the raised wire parts. This makes the wires pop out and is a fantastic finishing technique. I was a bit disappointed with the results UNTIL I used the rub on's. It really lifted the whole guitar.
I then sprayed some matt varnish (kindly provided by yummy hubby) over the entire guitar to seal it to ensure the rub on gold and paint doesnt peel off. And here is the end result.
|The antique gold rub on highlights the wire parts and strings|
|The back of the guitar....more colour showing on the back|
|Close up of the side of the guitar|
|I LOVE this guitar....can I part with it??? Hmmmm?|
|Heres a shot of the different colours showing through|
|The strings highlighted with gold rub on's|
So there you go folks. Not my usual "Flowers" now is it? Heehee. But I thought I'd show you something else I like to do. I aint no one trip pony, lol. You may like it, you may not. But I know Corey will love it.
DONT FORGET, if there is ever anything you would like a tutorial on.....anything at all, please ask. I love a challenge as Ive said a million times before. I got an email from a fellow DoCrafter the other night asking would I accept a challenge on how to make a small paper fir-cone for her cards. Did I accept.....Oh I think so. So I will do my best to help so please do not hesitate to ask for me to do a tutorial and if I can do it, I will.
I hope some of you try this technique. It looks amazing on boxes. If you take a box and add bits and pieces like buttons, chain, keys etc and put the foil over it, emboss the bits and pieces through the foil, then paint it as Ive described above, it looks incredible.
Heres a link to a great video by a lady called Rachel (RachO113). She alters a wee box. Click Here
Ok, Im outta here. Thanks again everyone for looking and a big thank you to all my new followers and old followers for your continued support. I only did my giveaway for my Blog Candy for hitting 10'000 hits last week and Im fast approaching 20'000 hits already! Ahhhhh......you lot are gonna empty my craft room, heehee. Seriously though, thank you everyone.
Toodles Noodles (Sorry if this was a longggggg post, lol).....Loops xx
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