Sorry, couldn’t think of a proper title to this post. Still it fits, sort of.
In an attempt to be a “tutorial” in making something similar to what I’m doing…just in case there is someone who might like to attempt this but doesn’t know what to do….I’m about to bore you with the details.
Mod Podge. I really like this stuff and have used so much of it over the past couple of months that I have to make a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby to buy more of the stuff. I wonder if they make this stuff in gallon jugs?
Mod Podge over acrylic paint
First, the paper you will use to cover the surface of the wood. Draw around the block on the paper and then cut it out. Test fit it, make any snips of excess paper until there are no areas of overhang. Ink the edges and then get ready to mount the paper.
Apply to both surfaces
Apply the Mod Podge to both surfaces, the wood and the back of the paper. This will allow for a “slippery” bit when you are positioning the paper. This allows you to move the paper around into position without tearing it. Otherwise, just putting the Mod Podge only to the wood and not the paper (or to the paper and not the wood) is almost instant adhesion which is a bad thing. No wiggle room. You get what you get and can’t change it without much damage and a few bad words. Trust me, I know what I’m speaking of…bad words and all.
You have to smooth the paper over the wood first before you apply the use of the brayer. The paper will tend to move around under the brayer as you apply pressure if you don’t take the first step in applying hand pressure. Move the brayer all across the surface and make sure to go both diagonal from corner to corner and across from left to right. Make sure you get the corners good so they don’t come up later.
Wipe up excess glue
The glue will squeeze out as you use the brayer. Just wipe up the excess and continue on with the application of pressure until no more glue oozes out.
Same process to all blocks
Isn’t that “beautimous”?! I love the look of this paper. It is gracing the back of the blocks instead of being hidden beneath the delightful photos on the front. No, it is not embossed and bumpy. It just looks like that and I love the look of it.
Rub and Buff
This is a small tube. Don’t be fooled by the size because this stuff is like the old Brylcream “A little dab ‘l do ‘ya”. Oh and it has a fairly strong smell of turpentine or one of those chemicals. You don’t need to fling open the windows and use this in a well ventilated area. Only if you are of the unfortunate few that get slamming bad headaches from noxious smells.
Just a dab
This might even be too much for the small area to cover. Just remember a small dab will work great.
Ohhhh, shiny gold
If you want a more pronounced golden shimmer then you can use more. I just want to have a light touch of it.
Isn't that pretty?
After this dries it will continue to have this beautiful shiny glow. Love this stuff and am so glad I learned of this stuff.
Ooops, too much
My phone rang and startled me as I was applying a light touch with the Rub and Buff. This one gets a full schmear instead of a light touch. If you find that you have this kind of an “accident” use a paper towel to rub, and rub, and rub, and rub (you get what I’m saying) until most of the Rub and Buff is wiped off. Then apply it again with the light touch.
Okay, my job is over for right now. It is now time for my Scrubby to take over. I just love it that he helps me when I ask and drops all that he is doing just be help. Gotta love that man of mine, and I surely do.
Bear paw in a small package
I had to laugh a little watching him struggle with the small package of hinges and screws. His big old bear paws fumbling around in the little space with the tiny sized pieces. “Oh, shut up” is what I earned from my laughter 🙂
Do the job right the first time
I knew I had the right person on this task. He’s getting the pieces just right before he puts them in the clamp to hold them in place.
Clamped and ready
My Scrubby has lots of toys at his disposal. This clamp has a swivel head so he can get the clamped object in the right spot to work on.
Marking the spot
He has both hands free to hold the hinge in place and mark the holes. That clamp thing is quite handy. Hmmmm, wonder how I can appropriate it and take it to my room? After all…”What’s mine is mine and what’s his is mine”. Right?
Oooops. Electric eraser time
He has an electric eraser. Can you believe it?! Well it sure works after he slipped the hinge just a smidge and had to remark the area.
Drilling pilot holes
This wood is hard, really hard. Scrubby was afraid he’d split the wood if he just tried to “Power” through with the screws. Something I would have attempted to do had it been up to me. So glad I have him to rely on with this many talents.
Attaching the screws
Another electric tool. He’s got a few of them and they are “Designated” for certain things. I’ve been warned about his power tools and so I stay away from them. Well, not really. I have been known to sneak in when he is hundreds of miles away and can’t do anything about it to use his tools.
One side down, now on to the other side. He makes this look so easy.
I couldn’t resist. It was there, what can I say.
Marking the holes
He’s taken care to not have the same thing happen as with the other side. He’s got a better grip on the hinge this time. No more electric eraser 😦
Yes, I know you saw this before but I can’t help myself when my Scrubby has his power tools and is using them. I just love to watch this man work and you are subjected to what I like.
Now aren’t you glad you sat through all of this. Look at that hinge! Beautiful isn’t it 🙂 Or not.
Done with the first part
I love this paper, and it looks so good now that it is hinged. I think I’ve come unhinged.
One last block
This is the block that will be at the top. Held with two L Brackets.
Give it a Whack
The wood proved to be a little recalcitrant when he tried to first drill the pilot hole. His bit would not bite into the wood. So he had to resort to whacking it with a punch. Look at the photo. You can see the arc of his hammer as he hit the punch. The ghosting of the hammer is way too cool.
Maureen had sent me photos of her Christmas gathering with her Mom and children last year.
Patients just don’t consider a doctor’s family on the holidays and poor Charlie had to miss the festivities. I did make sure to have a spot for him. At the head of the family. I used my ATG gun to adhere the photos to the blocks and you can do the same when you select a photo for your Honey Bunny, Stud Muffin, Sugar Plum, or whatever you call him.
Thank you Maureen for being a customer of mine. I appreciate you in many, many ways. Mostly as a good friend and as my Big Sis….even though you are considerably younger than me 🙂