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[sung to the tune of David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision“]
For me craftfails are horrible trifecta of work avoidance, internet access and arrogance which emerges whenever I spy something I want, but believe should only cost a nickel. When I spied this gorgeous Tiffany Studios Blue Double Gourd Favrile Glass Vase I was in love. Once I realized I’d have to make a phone call to find out the price I suspected it was way out of my budget or at least cost more than nickel.
Armed with determination, too much coffee and several seasons of Ally McBeal stretched in front of me, I dug around my craft supplies for acrylic paint and a vase. Good thing I used a cheap “practice” vase since I wasn’t exactly sure of my process. I had a hunch the key was a layering of cobalt and aqua paint until I achieved the desired result. I started with a light sanding of the surface, then a two light coats of primer, which I actually let “cure” for 48 hours. I know, right. I was taking this seriously. Then I applied a base coat of the aqua craft paint; waited for it to dry and repeated the process three times. Then I taped off random sections and applied the cobalt craft paint.
It was late, so I went to bed feeling good about the project. But the next morning in the harsh and unflattering sunlight I realized my Tiffany Studios knockoff vase had gone terribly wrong. Undaunted, I applied a quick coat of aqua and then used a small, plastic comb to give what I believed was some “interest” and texture. This only made matters worse. Devastated, I gave up. But at least I have another failed vase project to store unsightly items under the kitchen sink!