Saturday, December 14, 2013

Embossed Metal Luminary with Crackled Glass!

This is the 3D Luminary from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.
I wanted to do something a bit different, so I used embossed Metal Foil, Alcohol Inks, and Clear Rock Candy Crackle. 
I'm sure someone has tried the Crackle on Clear Acrylic, but I hadn't seen it anywhere, so I tried it.
I was going for a crackled vintage glass effect.
I embossed the Foil with the Diamond PlateTexture Fade, stuck them onto light chipboard and ran it through the Vagabond cutting 4 sections. Then I added dark Alcohol Inks.
I also used the Dot Matrix Texture Fade on pieces for the Roof and colored them with 3 different Red Alcohol Inks.
Here you see the Wonder Tape added to the fold area, too.

I cut 4 pieces of thin clear acrylic that comes in protective sheets for the panels . I wanted it to be nice and clear.
But then it was TOO clear for me, so AFTER it was all put together, I painted a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint onto the inside of the plastic.
Here it is just starting to crackle.

Then it REALLY crackled...and then it started to fall off!!!
SO.......... after brushing off areas in the center, I hit it with a shot of Super Seal to keep it from shedding any more pieces.
I added a few bits and bobs and a little tea light inside and I was a happy camper!

Snowflake Paper Cuts are from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. LOVE how dainty they are!
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Kathy Eddy said...

Oh I love this one Linda! Glad it stayed on the second try and that sealing it worked cuz it's a great piece of holiday decor!

Marianne H said...

love it!!

SusanK said...

Gorgeous! I'm working on an all-white one. Have you tried GlueNSeal (Ranger) before using the crackle? I believe that's what has been used when trying this on glass. Great day for playing in the art studio - let it snow, let it snow, LET IT SNOW!!!

Scrapthat said...

It's lovely!!
I was surprised by the fact that you hadn't taken Creative Chemistry- Tim taught cracked glass (well and SO much more as well)
TFS LInda... A gorgeous piece for your holiday decor!

Linda Cain said...

I did take both 101 and 102, but I've slept many times since then. My difference was I wanted my plastic really clear and the Glue-n-Seal made it matte finish. And we always want to do something different. Like I said at the beginning, I'm sure this has all been tried before somewhere! xxx

Linda Cain said...

I had Glue-n-Seal right on my table, but it kind of makes it cloudy, so flying by the seat of my pants, I knew Super Seal really dried clear, so I tried it. Whatever works.

Carol Q said...

I think it's an absolute stunner Linda - the acetate looks just perfect.

Shawn said...

Wonderful! Love it. ... and love the foil and crackle. I need to try this. I am loving this die. Happy Holidays Linda.

mamablitger said...

Linda... You keep on to amaze me !!!!! I just love your project. You are such a talented artist. Also love that you take time to share and inspire us. Thanks a lot !!!!
Hugs from SPAIN

Martina2801 said...

Thank you for your inspiration throughout the year, dear Linda. Your new Christmas creation is amazing! Love it;.)

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is spectacularly gorgeous. I'm so glad sealing the crackle worked, it looks wonderful.

Christina C. said...

WOW....this is amazing!!!!!!

Sandy said...

Linda this is amazing - wow is right Christina C.!

Fran Elliott said...

Linda what a great piece. Merry Christmas!

Marijane said...

Oh Linda, I'm so glad there are people (especially artists) like you that are willing, after much trying, to share their amazing discoveries with the rest of us! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful art as well as the techniques involved.

Linda Cain said...

Marijane, you make my heart SING! Thank you, thank you, thank you!