Friday, August 17, 2012

Wedding Gifts, Chapter 2

In which I share with you projects made of wood and paint, and I make a very bad pun (for the second time [for those of you following along at home]).

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Just like for the wedding I went to earlier in the summer, I made a set of mahogany tea light candle holders.  I've been dying to try painting sections of something turned to give it a dip-dyed look, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity... and I think I got it!

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I was able to use painters' tape to help get a nice crisp paint line on three out of the four holders.  Because of where I wanted the paint to stop on the pink one, I had to hand draw the line which worked fine. After a coat of white on each of them to act as a primer, I think I ended up doing four coats of color, and then two coats of artists' varnish over the entire candle holder.  Once the varnish dried, all I had to do was smooth down the varnished mahogany with steel wool.  I love them!

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I also made a little calendar block set.  The 2 1/2 inch blocks were made from scrap hickory, and the same colors of paint I used for the candle holders with the addition of brown.

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For the letters and numbers I used black paint and clear acrylic stamps. Once the painting and stamping was done, they were finished with two coats of artists' varnish.

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My favorite thing about these blocks is that the many date combinations make so many different designs!

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I'm so excited about how the painted tea light candle holders turned out (no pun intended [sorry, couldn't help it])!  And I also think my turning skills are improving.  It makes me want to get back out in the shop and make some more, or think up a different kind of project that involves some turning...  I have a few ideas rolling around in my head, but I'd love to hear any suggestions from you!

3 comments:

  1. The tealight holders and the block calendar are so nice - great gifts. Maybe you can try turning out a crochet hook - I think that would be a perfect thing to make. :)

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  2. the calendar block set.......AMAZING!!!!!
    xxxx Alessandra

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  3. Hi Kate,
    I'm back in the real world (after our lovely cruise).
    I adore the candle holders AND the calendar blocks. Great colours and lovely ideas for wedding gifts!
    Hugs,
    Carly
    x

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