DIY Painted Deer Skull

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I recently came across some deer skulls on craigslist. The person was selling items that were found in old storage abandoned lockers that his father started mass purchasing. I quickly scooped them up for projects. When I picked them up, the man cautiously asked me what I wanted 4 skulls for, and I told him I planned on cleaning them up and hanging them on the wall as decoration.

This is seriously such an easy color project to implement and it looks amazing hanging out your wall.

  1. If the skull is free of soft tissue, simply brush off dust, hair, or any other debris.
  2. Buy one spray can of your color of choice – I went with lime green!
  3. Use well-ventilated area when spraying. I have a yard, so I placed the skull on a flattened cardboard box in the grass.
  4. Spray one side, let it dry for an hour and then flip and spray the other side. I recommend 2 coats.
  5. For hanging, drill a small hole on the back side, under the large hole (foramen magnum) near the top of the head. Then insert an eye hook screw, which can then be hung simply with picture hanger hardware.

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Upcycled Mid-Century Book Shelf

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A few months ago I found this adorable mid-century shelf at a thrift shop for $25. But I wasn’t a huge fan of the sloppy reddish brown paint and I abhorred the old dated wall paper, so I decided to freshen it up.

  1. First, I ripped out the wall paper. There was a ton of old dried glue residue still adhering so I used my small electric sander to easily sand away the adherent.
  2. After giving the shelf a wipe down to remove dust, I decided to spray paint it with Rust-Oleum in an heirloom white color. For maximum coverage, I ended up needing 4 cans, so I recommend going with a small can of paint, if you take on a similar project.
  3. Next I decided to paint the backboard with a pop of color: orange. Cream and orange look beautiful together and I wanted to give this shelf a more retro midcentury feel.
  4. I taped off the edge around the back board and then used a 4-inch cabinet/door roller to cover main areas and a small paint brush for the edges.
  5. After letting this dry, I removed the tape, touched up areas where some bleeding had occurred.
  6. Finally I used a spray sealant as a fixative, but I will end up covering the whole shelf in a 1-2 layers of polyacrylic ( my favorite sealant – it doesn’t yellow furniture over time) to ensure the paint doesn’t scrape off with use.

Now it’s time to fill this babe with vintage chotskies and lovely books!

Finished Shelf

Finished Shelf

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Etched Pint Glasses: Merry ReX-mas & Holiday Grumpy Cat

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It’s that time of the year again. We’re all striving to find someone a neat gift that doesn’t cost a ton of money but is unique and cool at the same time. Something that says, “I put a little thought into this and didn’t just walk into an Urban Outfitters and grab a tchotchke from the checkout line while waiting to buy myself a sweater.”

My glasses are personally designed by myself and at only $10 apiece, they’re budget-friendly. Using an acid-etching technique, the design is permanent and will never wash away or chip like enamel decals.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171645292/merry-rex-mas-etched-pint-glass

Merry ReX-mas and Holiday Grumpy Cat

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171645292/merry-rex-mas-etched-pint-glass

Merry ReX-mas Pint Glass

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171645292/merry-rex-mas-etched-pint-glass

Merry ReX-mas Pint Glass

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171686574/holiday-grumpy-cat-etched-pint-glass

Holiday Grumpy Cat Pint Glass

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For Sale! Poppy Blossom Stained Glass

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Whether it’s Spring or Winter, this awesome poppy blossom is sure to brighten up your window! I grew up in France where poppies were rampant, so this piece holds a special place in my heart.

Like all of my custom pieces, this panel is entirely handmade! First, I carefully select glass, cut everything by hand, and grind the edges smooth. Next I use the copper foil method, and separately wrap the edges of each glass piece with foil. Finally I solder everything together and attach a handcut, custom frame around the piece.

This 9″ x 7″ panel comes with a sturdy chain to hang your panel easily in your window or from the window frame: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130783441/poppy-blossom-stained-glass-9×7-panel

This custom piece measures 9x7 inches.

This custom piece measures 9 x 7 inches.

Handmade Hearts: Stained Glass Valentines

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Looking for a neat Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie? Stained glass is a great way to go!

These handcrafted hearts can be made in an array of colors and are made to order so you can choose your favorite style and color! Available for purchase on Etsy: the basic heart for $20 or the intricate heart for $28

Give a unique, custom gift that’s sure to look adorable in anyone’s window.

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The basic heart for $20. Available in 4 styles and made within 2 days after your purchase!

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The intricate heart for $28. First style available – made within 2 days after your purchase

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The intricate heart for $28. Second style available – made within 2 days after your purchase

Stained Glass Pet Portraits

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Recently, a friend commissioned a stained glass piece as a Christmas gift for his parents. A few years ago I made them an 8×11 inch panel in the likeness of their wire-haired dachshund. It was my first attempt at a custom piece and I was still new to creating my own patterns. So I created a simple side view that looked like their dog. Looking back, I felt it looked a bit more like just the breed rather than their exact dog.

So when his parents got a second dachshund, I got a chance to create a different portrait that was more in the likeness of their pup. Using a few personal photographs and references from the interwebs, I sketched out a partial profile. Wire-hair dachshunds have a lot of whisker-like tufts of fur, which required more glass pieces to really portray its likeness. After sketching, I made some minor edits in adobe photoshop and illustrator to finish the template.

Reference photo and finished piece.

Reference photo and finished piece.

To depict the sandy-colored dog, I selected glass with texture similar to hair or fur. I chose an array of light amber and brown colored streaky glass.

Stages from start to finish.

Stages from start to finish.

I had a lot fun with this one and welcome custom stained glass orders from anyone that wants a portrait for their own pet. Customers only pay once they approve of the pattern design. Prices are dependent on intricacy and size of piece. It takes about 1-2 weeks from start to completion for custom stained glass.

Finished piece hanging in window.

Finished piece hanging in window.

The photo below gives you an idea of how the combination of opaque and translucent glass would look with the piece is hanging in window at night. By using a lot of opaque streaky glass, the piece looks great in a sunlit window or in the evening.

Merry ReXmas, everyone!

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The other day I wanted to make a simple gift for my boyfriend that represented this holiday season. I found a plain pint glass for $1 and decided to use my glass etching acid to transfer my custom-drawn design onto the glass. For the past 4 years, we have chosen a theme for our tree and this season was dinosaurs! So what better design than a christmas dinosaur. And so this is what I created:

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Dino-mite! Watching Scrooged with Bill Murray in the background.

It was pretty easy and fun to do, so I think I will start offering custom designs on Etsy and am considering getting a electronic vinyl cutter to ease the whole process.