Saturday, 20 April 2013

DIY lace print plates: Glazing

Glazed lace print plates from

 Following up on last weeks tutorial, where I showed you how to make these.... this week I have been glazing the lace print dishes I made last week.

I spent some time researching different finishes, from using mica powders (thank you to Dominique from for your kind advice on using mica powders) to using homemade glaze (see tutorial:how to make your own homemade gloss glaze).

But in the end I decided to use the original
 gloss glaze from Sculpey mixed with Marabu translucent glass paints.
When mixing media like this, make sure they are compatible with each other : in this case they are both water based ,without any need for baking.
I chose this mix, because I wanted to add colour with a translucent feel to the glaze.

I decided to use a mix of blues and greens. 
Firstly I experimented by working on some samples to ensure that the mix had the right translucency  and color.

Then I simply painted on the mix with a soft bristle brush.....
....leave to dry for approx 30min

On the back of the plates, I simply saturated the surface with the glaze, then worked the it,using a brush, towards the edges, where I left it to pool at the rim. This created a nice band of stronger color.

When doing the surface of the plates, keep working the glaze into the pattern for the first 15 minutes to avoid it all running down and pooling in the plates. (after 15 minutes the glaze starts setting ,and you should avoid touching it at this stage, as that will lead to clumping)
Expect some pooling, as it is very hard to avoid all together.

When dried (30mins) I applied another layer of the glaze, changing the color slightly to add some depth, into the detail.

I used the same technique as above (back of plates) around the rim of the plates surface. I really like the effect it makes....

When I was happy with the look of my glazed plates, I left them to fully cure overnight, before finishing them off with a couple of layers of spray varnish to seal and protect the surface.

I am really pleased with my finished plates, and cant wait to hang them up on my kitchen wall (...when I eventually get around to decorating the kitchen....but thats another story for a future post). I have already had some orders for these from friends an family, and I think they make great presents...either on their own as jewelry trays or as a group like here, hanging up on a wall.....

Please let me know what you think of them by leaving a comment below. And if anyone has a tip about what varnish would be best to use as a sealant, please get in touch....(I used Plasticote clear spray varnish, but find It takes ages to properly set hard)
Thanks for looking, and please pop by tomorrow for some "behind the scenes" pictures..


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Centimental decorating


sentimental decorating.....

.....the small touches

decorating with lace.....from

Since when I last week made the lace printed jewelry dishes (See previous post), I've developed a crush on all things lace....

So, whilst I've been waiting for delivery of my glace, to finish them off, I've busied myself making some more easy and beautiful lace-inspired additions to our home.... well as box framing some of my family silver... know the kind: beautiful heirlooms passed down through the generations, but regretfully quite useless in modern life...

This is the wedding picture of my great grandparents Bertha and Ingebrigt Bakke, from my family on my mothers side in Norway. I've been trying to think of someway to show off the beautiful silver,given to my great grandparents on their wedding day, for a while now....seems such a shame to hide it all away in a drawer, as it holds such a sentimental value to me.

I think the framed silver looks great in the painted shadow box.

The candles I got from the bargain bin at Dunhelm Mills for 17 pence each...and simply decorated them with lace washi tape.

This cookie jar was another bargain find at Dunhelm Mills at £4.99....I've laced it up with lace trim, stuck on using double sided craft tape.
Simple,yet effective!

I think decorating with lace, has a sentimental and nostalgic feel...... and that's what nostalgiecat is all about!

Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear what you think of this post, so feel free to leave a comment below!
And please pop by at the weekend for another DIY tutorial on glazing my lace print plates (pray the gaze arrives in time) and some "behind the scenes" pictures.....