Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Native American Turquoise and Silver

I've always been drawn to different cultures and the history of a given area or region. On a recent trip to Pennsylvania we went antiquing searching for treasures. I  found a miniature totem pole and a vintage children's book. I'm also drawn to gemstones that are blue in color, labradorite being my favorite followed by turquoise that is heavily veined. These are the inspirations for this project.
1.  Take top portion of wooden cigar box off using pliers and screwdriver.
2.  Cover entire surface with Finnabair Rust Pastes.
3.  While still wet sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg to further the rusty effect.
4.  Once dry seal with matte varnish.
5.  Take apart GSLC Star Medallions.
6.   Paint with Copper Tone Acrylic Paints.
7.  Paint With Silver Tone Acrylic Paints.
8.  Add more metallic touches with Ice Resin German Silver enamels and a heating tool and Lindy Starburst Sprays.
9.  To give GSLC Star Medallions a tarnished look dry brush quickly with black acrylic paint.
10.                Once dry  use thread and needle to weave in and out of holes in GSLC Star Medallions.
11.                Antique Embellishment with gray and yellow iron oxide acrylic paint.
12.                Assemble Project using hammer and upholstery tacks to secure into place.
Some final thoughts.
Turquoise is often associated with connections to the spiritual world and is to protect us from harm and negative energy. It is said to bring peace to one's home and good fortune to its owner. Turquoise is from the earth as is silver, when combined together they have a futurist nostalgia. I prefer copper with my heavily veined turquoise and find they comfort me when worn together.
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Star Medallions, Wooden Cigar Box, Pliers, Screwdriver, Finnabair Rust Paste, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Matte Varnish, Paintbrush, Metallic Paints in Coppers and Silver Tones, Ice Resin German Silver Enamel, Heating Tool, Lindy Sunburst Sprays, Black Acrylic Paint, Thread, Needle, Various Embellishments (Small Wooden Totem Pole, Plastic Log Fence Piece, Turquoise Bead Necklace), Gray and Yellow Iron Oxide Acrylic Paints,  Upholstery Tacks, Hammer
I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!


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    1. Thank you so much! I love trying to use the chipboard in different ways!! So glad you love it!!