I cut up an old linen tablecloth into guest towel size pieces. The cloth was stenciled with an embroidery pattern. I do not do hand embroidery so thought using it for something else was a
great idea. It is not new, many years old but in perfect condition. But now I cannot seem to get the ink off the fabric. I have tried just washing it with laundry soap, soaking it in vinegar and water, and even tried bleach and water bath. It has not been put in the dryer. I am out of ideas.
Simple method of taking any cheap glass vase and making it into a faux antique mercury glass piece. I used two standard glass vases that I picked up at a discount store for less than $10
each. I'm now on the lookout for more pieces at thrift stores to make sparkly Christmas vignettes. Get a can of Krylon "Looking Glass" spray paint (available at Ace Hardware/K-Mart/Craft Stores, according to the Krylon website, but I couldn't find any in Las Vegas, so I ordered the small can online to give it a try). Paint is about $11/can. Step 1. Clean glass well. For the larger piece, I sprayed the inside, for the narrower piece, I sprayed the outside, with identical results. Step 2. Spray, using several light coats, being careful not to overspray to avoid runs. The paint is slightly cloudy when sprayed, but dries VERY quickly to a mirror-like finish. Step 3. After about 3 light coats, mix a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the painted surface enough to create beads. Step 4. Let sit about a minute, then dampen a paper towel with the vinegar/water mixture and firmly "pat" the beaded moisture that sits on the paint. You can actually rub a little in places, removing some of the paint as you go. Keep dabbing/wiping until you create the antique/worn look you desire. Step 5. After the piece completely dries, spray one very light coat of the looking glass paint over the already painted surface. This fills in the wiped away spots, adding dimension. You can repeat steps 3-5 until you get the look you want, although I only did it once.
Commented on Nov 19, 2012
Is there a bronze paint instead of silver that would work. I like the brownish red look of a
couple of pieces that I have that look like mercury glass but are the different color.
I don't like the way the commercial products take away all of the absorbent quality of bath towels and dish towels but need the anti-static use. Is there a homemade version that will work without losing the absorbency?
Commented on Nov 12, 2012
Thanks Bernice. Actually I make my own detergent for pennies and love it. I don't do well with
I have a pond, and like most people, also have fish. But, did not realize how BAD Raccoons are..I have been "hit" twice, and the loss is devistating if you take pride in your fish like I do. They will come in and "take a bath, while eating sushi". So, we built a cage top for our pond. our pond is small, so this was easier to do, but the same idea can be used for somewhat bigger ponds. This cover was made from bambo stakes and chicken wire, with zip-ties to hold it together. I can
remove it whenever " it's clear ", and I am working in the yard...BUT ALWAYS put it back on at night!!
Commented on Sep 01, 2012
David, I see you are from Tacoma. I live in Everett. Were you able to find the electric
fence kit at a co-op? Like I said before, it has worked for many years for me and didn't cost a fortune. And with some plants around the pond you really don't even notice it. Here's a picture of my pond. The green poles hold the wire. It literally took just a few minutes to put it up. Got the kit in Woodinville at DeYoungs.