Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sunburst Mirror

I have always wanted a Sunburst Mirror. I never bought one because copper made ones are pretty expensive and $20.00 ones look chip. This time I decided to do it myself with $10.00.

This is my inspiration. It can be bought at amazon for $327.88.

My own piece.....

Accessories I bought are:

a. 2 packs of bamboo sticks for $2.00

b. 1 mirror for $1.50

c. 1 spray paint for $2.69

d. Decorative embellishments: I already had them

The picture above shows my preparation that I made a paper template of the mirror, and divided the bamboo sticks in three groups and marked them with marker. Paper template of the mirror was folded to determine the number of sections and their size. Then they were transferred on the back of the mirror using a soft pencil. Measurements had to be very precise. Bamboo sticks were marked in three sizes that the shortest one shown in the pictures had to go deep compared to the longest one.

Then I started to glue bamboo sticks to the mirror using my glue-gun. I glued then each section at a time. Old  CD was used to support the sides. I left it over night to dry.

Closer view of the glued center.

Closer view while painting.

Next morning I painted with spray paint in antique gold color. While spray painting I covered the mirror with foil paper. I did 3 coding of paint on front and back. Between each coating of paint I gave three hours to dry. I decided to paint the back because some areas from side and back are visible from front.

View after painting.

Finished product.....

I left it for rest of the day and then glued decorative embellishments using glue-gun. I thought this part would be easy, but it was the most tedious of all. Using hot glue-gun on small parts is not very easy. By the way all the small parts are made of cupper. Also measurements between each had to be exact.

Another view....

Closer view.....


Final View on the wall.

To hang it I used a simple string tied it with two sticks across.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Flowered Box

I kept an empty pop-corn box. At that time did not have any plan, but finally it came together today. It will add some color to my dark TV-Stand.

How did I put it together?

This is how it looks from back.

Using colored paper I covered the box, and secured it using hot glue. Then I added the center paper rose with precise measurement. Then I added more around it. Leafs I made are very simple. Just folded a paper and cut the shape using scissors. However arranging them was a little tough. I think it can be seen in the picture, that not all leafs are in perfect order. Then in the side I used blue ribbon in ziz-zak shape.

Instructions of how to make the roses can be found in my earlier post.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Simple Cushion Cover

New look of the sofa needed new cushions. I threw out the old pillows and bought some new. The store bought covers were perfectly fine and looked good too. they were green and had yellow and red work on them. I decided to make my own covers because the fabric I used is a perfect match with my sofa color and it makes the sofa cover stand out.

I wish I could show you the original cover that the pillows came with, but at that time my camera was not available.

How to make this slip cover in the picture above? It is very simple. It is just two piece of cut fabric according to the measurement of the pillow. Three sides of the pillow is machine stitched and then the pillow is slipped in. At last the open side is hand stitched. I did prepare a tutorial for my readers but then I came upon this YouTube tutorial. I think this tutorial is very self explanatory. Please click the link bellow to view.

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