Sunday, October 16, 2016
How to make "galvanized" pumpkins
I received a lot of compliments on my "galvanized" pumpkins...I thought I'd share!
My friend Tammie did dozens of these for the Gray Door Market (you can read about it here!) and they were a huge hit. I had to hurry to her booth to get a few before they were completely gone!
Tammie and I have a great partnership...she runs Elizabeth's, where DL and I have a booth. (Soon to have two...we are "divorcing" and we'll each have our own, but more about that later.) Tammie has built an amazing business for herself and is now doing a great deal of custom design work for people, so she has asked a few vendors to be in charge of various locations in the store. Anyway, enough about that and on to the pumpkins!!
I bought several ugly ceramic pumpkins at the dollar store. Actually, they were not ugly, just really, really garish. I love a good orange pumpkin, but the purchasing public does not. (I don't have that 'before' shot...it has been lost to the universe. If you see it, please send it back.)
Then I got some DecoArt Chalky Finish for Glass. I borrowed mine from Tammie, but I know that you can purchase it at many of your local hobby stores and also on-line.
The directions are very easy...rub down the items with alcohol to remove oils and whatnot, paint and let cure for 48 hours, then bake. I found that I needed to do two coats on the pumpkins for good coverage, then I did a second coat of another color after the first bake, to give items a little more depth. The biggest drawback (if there is one) to the process is the wait time. I tend to be rather impatient.
I experimented with this little guy by sanding off a little of the paint after the second bake. He has some of that over-the-top orange coming through. The jury is still out on whether or not I like it.
After the second bake, I let the pumpkins (and a pear) sit for another day or two, and then I gave them a coat of clear wax so they felt smooth. I like the way they look grouped and I also like one under a cloche, but that photo was also lost in space. (Danger, Will Robinson!)
These would be cool in a Thanksgiving centerpiece, and you still have time!