Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fun Sun!

Not the kind outside, oh wait yes it is, but in a decorative wall plaque.
It had been a brass colored metal, not real brass since it rusted, and so Hubby sprayed it white after he scraped the rust off and handed it over to me inside; it was then basically a blank canvas.
The new mellow yellow walls that he had given to us needed a pop of color, and as anyone who knows me knows I love blue and so...I took my true blue acrylic paint and started painting every other burst, thinking that I would alternate with gold or apple green or what-have-you, but when I did just the burst parts it still looked odd and not what I was going for, a statement piece. After all it is going back on the front of the house, where the brass of its previous self had been.
So I made a  bold move and painted the whole thing that true blue, bursts, plated face and everything!
Still not quite right and so in the old days I would have done my splatter technique outside, but I was indoors and although I use plastic sheeting on my kitchen counter the splash would be outside of those boundaries.
Instead I speckled the apple green on top dabbing sporadically without rhyme or reason just feeling on the now well dried true blue.
Hubby came in and asked where the face was... hmm, another issue...and so I drew with a thin brush after the two previous colors were fully dry, and used the raised shadows in the metal of the eye, nose and mouth and enhanced them with black paint using the thinner brush and voila the sun has a face, and now hangs back where it had been, but brighter if a sun can be, ha!

Here comes a blue sun..., like a blue moon?

Any-who, that was not my only project today I was given our front door bell in actual brass and it is shaped like a pineapple, a welcoming hospitality symbol internationally!

I searched and searched I could not find our brass cleaner, so instead of Googling how to make your own I foolishly went at it without thinking.
First I tried window cleaner, duh, nothing happened, but I know ammonia is in the real stuff that is why I thought it might work, logically.
For some strange reason, me without one chemistry class to my name decided to experiment with natural household items, and so I tried baking soda and lemon juice and it fizzed so I thought hmm, why not and I poured the combo into my corning ware microwave safe side dish and put the pineapple plaque to our doorbell face down into the solution and got out my old toothbrush that I use for cleaning jewelry and started scrubbing! Crazy as it might seem it worked and yes it is back out there next to our front door! After all was said and done I did for the heck of it I  Googled the concept of making homemade brass cleaner and my concoction was no where to be found, but salt and vinegar were and ketchup was too, odd that mine was over looked, hmm?

Oh well, perhaps I am an inventor.

On this note of necessity being the mother of invention... sorry, couldn't help myself, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


 
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