I love trying the faux zinc finish that I've seen all over blogland! This bucket was my first attempt. It made its first appearance when I posted about my cabinet Here.
This week I took an old wooden bird cage and gave it some pizzazz! For styling I painted some eggs and made a sweet nest.
I used real eggs by making a small hole on either side and slowly blowing air into one hole until all the content ran out the other end! I used the Heritage Multimedia range and some latex paint. First I sealed the eggs with multi-surface sealer, followed by the paint job. After the paint, I applied the glazing medium and then finally a coat of gloss varnish. I got my Heritage products from Jansen art store.
For inspiration to make the eggs look 'authentic' I turned to Angie from Knick of Time. I love these awesome Antique Bird Egg prints available from Knick of Time on Etsy. I purchased quite a few of these prints for framing!
Here is my version of speckled eggs!
And here is the finished birdcage!
To achieve the look, I layered the birdcage with light and dark grey colors. Then I mixed some gesso with silver gilding wax and used a stabbing motion to get the fauz zinc effect.
You can see the variation better in the next pic!
To get the rust effect on the wire, I put some burnt umber paste on a small brush and lightly smeared it on here and there.
Here is the before. It was in dire straits...LOL!
Now it looks a whole lot better. Don't you think?!
I hope you love the addition of the fresh carnations, crinkled ribbon, the bird's nest and those darling eggs! I did'nt buy anything new for the styling. I shopped my house and my craft stash and tried different things until I came up with this:)
Now for a sneak peek. I'm trying to earn my stripes(impish grin)!
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