Friday, 19 June 2015

A trip back in time

Hi crafty world,

Today... I am speechless again and so proud to show you Linda's work. 
I just love how she altered my new Phone Frame. Rust, vintage and bluish... such an amazing colour scheme.
She will also walk you through the process of creating this rusty look. This is a must see.
Simply work of art!

Hi everyone, 
Linda Cain here, and it's my turn on the Finnabair blog and I'm so excited to show you the newest Altered Frame. Those of you who know me will recall that my husband and I worked in the telephone industry for many years, and so this is really a favorite vintage piece for me.

I started adding color to the frame using wax patinas like Guilders Paste and Inka Golds. The texture of this phone is beyond amazing. There are so many layers of what I can only describe as "corrosion" that the pastes highlight beautifully. I really, really was thrilled with how they looked.

Then I cut out a circle of heavy paper and the center of that to create a frame for my vintage picture. I added a coating of Platinum Texture Crackle and set it aside to dry. When dry I added some dark brown dye ink in the cracks and wiped with a soft cloth.

The laser-cut chipboard flourishes were painted with Soft Gloss Gel and Mica Powders. I dipped my brush into the Gel, then into the Powder and dabbed it onto the pieces. They create an amazing texture since you keep them kind of lumpy instead of completely mixing them up. I used the Blue and Gold here. I wanted to add a cord to the phone, so I used some braided rope and painted it with the Copper Texture Crackle. To "age" it I sponged on Sepia and Black archival inks.

For the inside of the frame I added Copper Texture Crackle, then sprinkled Splash Micro Beads, and Copper and Gold Rush Glass Glitter onto it. Set aside to dry. I have no idea why the beads look black...they are blue in the jar, but dried black.

This is the back, which ended up being my favorite area of texture. I added some of the Blue Mica Powder/Gel mixture to the back of the frame a foam square. When it was dry, I used my "digital applicator" aka finger to lightly add more patinas to the raised areas. The Coral Red really gave it a punch.

The picture on the right shows the Washer that was patina-ed and glued to a piece of Styrofoam inside the handle/mouthpiece. The Mini Brad in the center helped keep it in place. The laser-cut pieces of chipboard are added with 3D Matte Gel as is the Mechanical and copper center. I made several and decided late in the process that I liked the smaller ones shown here better than the large one in the above picture. (Photo Frame 5)

I cut 10 circles from a metallic copper paper and glued the Numbers to the center with 3D Matte Gel. Then I added them around the circle. The finger-stop is cut from metal foil paper. The vintage Girl is glued into place using the circle as a frame. It is added to the inside onto 5 small wooden blocks for height. You can just barely see the Glass Glitter and Beads inside at this angle.

More Mechanicals were added onto the painted chipboard flourish. All that's left is gluing in your cord and adding some flowers to the corners.

I hope you've been inspired to get to work and create a Vintage Phone Frame of you own. I will treasure this creation for a long time.

Your Friend in ART,


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All the best!


Chantal Vandenberg said...

This is sweet! Loving the phone frame!

smokeysmom said...

Totally awesome, Linda!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous project! Lovin' all the rust and patina!

Caroline said...

I am just in awe! How do you do it? Fantastic patina & rust, the cut out circles for "dial" are so clever. All the techniques used have given such brilliant results. A beautiful piece of art (again)! Tfs...

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is awesome! Love the rustic vintage feel to this classic telephone!
Linda xxx

sue :) said...

Love what you have achieved with the telephone frame, you have inspired me to get stuck in and decorate mine, (which I've had sitting on the shelf for a little while now). Thank you for the inspiration. x

Sarah Lynch said...

Amazing Linda!

Linda M. Cain said...

You are too kind. Thank you so much Caroline.

Linda M. Cain said...

Fantastic! My work is done!!!

Julie Cassidy said...

Love this, looks amazing thank you for sharing xxx

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