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Monday, September 12, 2011

HANDMADE CHERUB FRAME (AND BRIEF TUTORIAL)

Hello!  I hope your Monday is as wonderful and beautiful as mine has began!  And..., I'm sure we all put aside a moment yesterday to reflect on the 10th anniversary of September 11, and that we are aware of just how blessed we really are!

Yesterday evening, I did a bit of playing around -- I LOVE to play!  My inspiration for this project came from some plaster the hubby had lying around in the basement in the storage room (yep, same plaster you can purchase from any hardward supply store), and a can of spray webbing adhesive... lol!!!  Now why was I digging around in our basement storage room?  Well, looking for a craft idea, of course... lol!!!  The spray webbing adhesive was some I'd purchased several years ago but had no idea why I'd want to have it; so until I decided, I tucked it away and forgot it -- until yesterday when I was searching through materials in the storage room.

Surprisingly the idea that came to my mind was not to use the webbing adhesive as a glue, as intended, but as dimension on my project.  I wasn't certain it was going to work or even how it would look but, like I said, I like to play! 

Here's the cherub frame I made:


That gold webbing on the frame is the webbing adhesive!  Doesn't it look great?!!!

Well, let me give you a brief tutorial on how I did this.  Already having the spray webbing adhesive and plaster, I grabbed a couple of molds and got busy:


I mixed plaster with water (enough to fill each mold) until I had a pancake consistency; I sprayed the molds with "good ole" Pam (praying the plaster wouldn't adhere to my molds still), poured the plaster into the molds and allowed it to set.  Here's what I got:


Unfortunately I dropped the frame and had to glue several of the pieces back together so I won't be giving this one away... lol!  Anyway, once the glued frame was dry, I spray painted the frame black and the cherub gold.  Next I sprayed the frame with the webbing adhesive and allowed that to dry.  My hope was that the adhesive wouldn't dry flat, wouldn't remain tacky, and would maintain it's dimension which -- yippeeeee -- everything came out as I'd hoped!!!  Once the webbing adhesive dried, I used my finger to rub over the raised areas with gold Rub and Buff.  All that was left to do after that was glue on the cherub with some E-6000 glue!

The next one I do I think I'll do in an off-white and gold because, although I thought the black would look nice with the gold, I wasn't particular afterward about the black at all.  Also, I have no idea what I'm actually going to fill this frame with; the insert I've used here is only temporary, something I put there just to keep it from being blank when I took the picture.  And, I can even see adding a bit more embellishing!  Yes, now that this has turned out and worked out well, I have even more decorative ideas for future projects like this one.

Well, I hope you like it!  Maybe you'll be inspired to try this!  Okay, off now to find something else I can get into... lol!!! 

I'll be seeing you!

22 comments:

Marita ♫♫♫ said...

Lovely frame♥. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

Hugs Marita

Sandy from Ukiah said...

I can't wait to see what else you get into... so beautiful... you are just one amazing lady... hugs

Nicole said...

Love it!!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

AWESOME project... I never even look around at what is stored in my house and you always seem to do some nifty things with the things around yours.... maybe I should come to your house!!

Charlotte said...

Audrey, This is just wonderful! I now know why there are people wandering around without any creativity. You got it!! I stand amazed every time I visit your blog. I just cannot imagine how you come up with so many wonderful ideas.
And your finished projects are always fabulous!
Big Hugs,
Charlotte

Monique Barr said...

Thanks for the Tut!! Love your work

Lisa said...

WOW Audrey, that's beautiful. I love the webbing look. Very creative to make your own molds.

Debbie said...

Gorgeous Audrey!

Jean said...

I love the way the webbing looks!! So pretty!

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Unbelievable! Your the only crafter I know that goes through the storage room and uses cement/plaster.
These turned out wonderful love that cherub and the gold.
You are always amazing me girl.

shari said...

This is so cute!! You come up with some clever ideas. I'm trying to get caught up from being gone over the weekend and checked out your blog first. Shari (cricutrookie)

Cricut Couple said...

Such a cool project! I haven't used the plaster molds like this before, but I have used that web adhesive before. The only difference is that I used the gold leaf sheets rather than rub and buff. It turned out so pretty! Love it!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Wow! This turned out beautiful! Nicely done!

Rhonda Emery said...

beautiful and tfs might have to give it a try my mom love cherubs.

Love That Bug said...

Audrey,
Your frame turned out really well. So sorry to hear you dropped it, that is never good. LOL
Hugs,
Stacy

Treva said...

Another great project, tfs sharing the details.

lovemypaper said...

Very cute!tfs

Terry Oulboub said...

Audrey, you're so very talented! I would never have thought to do a cherub on a frame and I have to tell you that you have my interest on this one. I just love what you did the little cute thing and the frame - it's absolutely beautiful! I love it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity with us and providing a fantastic tute! You're such an awesome woman!

magicwanda said...

Great project Audrey And I agree with Terry you are so talented!
Thanks for stopping by my blog you are always so sweet!
Hugs to ya my friend

Lisa said...

WOW, Audrey, this is amazing! What a fabulous project! The webbing adhesive looks so awesome! I just absolutely love this!! You did such a great job!! :)

Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Super Gorgeous cherub frame. Love it. :)

The Archiving Angel said...

Goodness! So pretty.
Just adore this.
What a wonderful gift this would make.