Monday, April 8, 2013

Etceteras: inspired by turquoise {crackle paint}

I’ve been experimenting with different crackle paint methods. Awhile back, I tried out the Elmer’s Glue process on this little bird. The crackles were quite large and I wanted to make something with fine crackles.

Back to the drawing board. Dollar store pots are the perfect item to experiment on. They come in all kinds of wild colors and designs – just ready to be covered up. I think this one was brown and purple…

Turquoise Crackle  Pot {homework} (13)The process to crackle paint is simple. You paint a base coat, add a coat of Elmer’s Glue and then paint a top coat. The top coat will crack exposing the base coat color in the cracks. I provide more details on this post. For my pot, I used a black base coat and mixed up several colors to achieve a turquoise top coat.

Once the paint started drying the crackles again were quite large. Darn – not what I wanted. I quickly added more turquoise paint to cover up the really big cracks and let the pot dry. I don’t have a photo of the pot at during this stage but it was ho-hum just okay. Sort of a fake turquoise color with a few black crackles.

It need more work so I covered the entire pot in Mod Podge Gloss and then a coat of Mod Podge Crackle Medium. The Mod Podge Crackle Medium doesn’t crackle the paint but instead crackles the Mod Podge Gloss so your project appears to have a crackled glaze effect.

The paint crackles and glaze crackles looked good but the color was still to vibrant. I was almost ready to throw in the towel but decided to try one more thing. A final coat of Folkart Pearlcote Pearl Glaze. This spray glaze has a pearl finish. This was it, my last chance to salvage the project. I sprayed away and loved the results. The pearl {whitish} finish toned down fake turquoise color and blended everything together. Yay – the pot was saved from the craft fail circular bin.

One last step to finish up the pot. I had these Styled by Tori Spelling danglers in my stash and deconstructed them. I glued them around the rim with a dab of E-6000 glue.

Done! It took a bit of trial and error but I’m happy with the results.

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  1. Carolyn,
    All your hard work and trial and error paid off. The pot looks gorgeous! Love the color combination.

  2. QUE LUJO!!!

  3. These are so cute! I love the jewel accents. I have some of the Mod Podge crackle medium, can't wait to try it. Thanks for the tips.
    Debbie :)

  4. Carolyn, I just love your attention to Details! Beautiful ideas and styling as always!

  5. This is beautiful!! Stopped by from the POP over at Fox Hollow Cottage. Started following your Pinterest boards!

  6. Carolyn ..girl..this id beautiful!! Well done friend!

  7. I am going to have to give this a try! Love it! Come see me at southern charm sometime have a great evening- Nicole

  8. Carolyn this is super gorgeous! The pearl and turquoise compliment the succulents beautifully! You had me at pearl glaze and crackle medium :)


  9. I really like how the turquoise looks with the succulents!

  10. Love this! I too like how the turquoise looks with the succulents. The pearl finish gives it just the right touch!

  11. Beautiful crackle finish Carolyn!

  12. That turned out so pretty ... I love the fine crackles. The jewelry embellishments are the icing on the cake.

  13. I just love this little crackle pot! I think it turned out fabulous. It is one of my features tonight from last week's Project Inspire{d} linky party. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Wow.. This is so much better than buying crackle cream.

  15. So glad you didn't give up and of course I love that you used things from your jewelry stash. Featuring this as part of my link party when it opens tonight.


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