Friday, February 24, 2012

Antique Faux Metal Barrettes

This is a throwback to a craft by Aleene that we used to do a long time ago. Ever since I had to buy new gold paste for the frames I made a few weeks ago,  I have been itching to do this.
Here is what you need:

Oops! I forgot to picture the tube of Rub'n Buff. You can see a picture below.

Brown paper bags, metal barrettes, a candle,  Aleene's Tacky Glue and Rub'n Buff metallic finish paste.

Cut pieces of a heavy, brown paper bag out in the desired size. . Glue them together (printed sides in). Allow them to dry over night.  I tried a large section with the tacky glue and it warped. Then I used a glue stick and did a piece the size shown. It wrinkled a little, but not bad.
In order the may the barrette more durable, I recommend making a piece that is 4 layers thick. I would do one piece, let it dry, then cut it and glue that together.

Cut the desired shape based on the size of the barrette. Make sure you cut it long enough to extend slightly beyond the barrette.

Next smear Tacky Glue on one side of the paper. THICK! I used a squeegee I made from leftover brown bags.
Light your candle and hold the glue side right over the candle. It will bubble and smoke. Just keep moving it back and forth. You want it to get black and sooty.

When the whole thing is black and sooty, use a piece of fabric to wipe away the soot. Be gentle. The glue will still be wet and you should try to make interesting patterns in it.
It looks pretty cool right now, huh? But wait, there's more!
Let it dry overnight. Then...
Squeeze out a tiny dab of the Rub'N Buff. With a cloth (or your finger if you want to end up with the Midas touch!), LIGHTLY (and I mean LIGHTLY) wipe a tiny bit of the paste on the barrette. You want to highlight the pieces, leaving lots of black showing through.


This is really 100x too much paste. You could just touch the tip with your cloth.


Voila!
Use a glue gun to attach it to the barrette.
Done! I really liked this craft. It is easy and inexpensive. I think you will be seeing more of it in the coming weeks!

7 comments :

Just Jaime said...

I love making these! They are really pretty too!

Brave Brooke said...

That looks expensive! Great craft!

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

So cute! My older daughter is in a ribbon hair accessory phase, but I think I could get her on board with "gold". Thanks for stopping by today!

Eclectically Vintage said...

That is fabulous - my girls would love to make these! New follower.
Kelly

Heather Landry said...

Oh how cool! I really love the texture on this. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.

tousled day said...

This looks awesome! I really like it. Very nice :)

Tracy said...

So cool.
I remember watching this on Eleenes television show. I have never tried it though.

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