Friday, January 10, 2014
Mixed Mixing Mixes Us Up
Sometimes we see a few pins and decide that the only thing they are missing is another element to make them more exciting. This can lead to a menagerie of issues. Too many projects happening at once is one of them.
This is one of those times.
Barbara sent us this double Pinstrosity. Barbara was going for the whole chalkboard painted wine glass project. This is convenient for parties because your name is written on the bottom of your glass and when you set it down next to someone with the same glass you don't have to have a germ panic attack because they are all labeled. Another element to this project is going REALLY far down the DIY road and making your own chalk paint. This can be tricky, and this combo of pins turned into one sad Pinstrosity. Check it out:
Chalkboard Wine Glasses
DIY Chalkboard Paint
Now let me preface this by saying there is nothing wrong with either of the original pins, or Barbara. Things often don't go as planned despite our best efforts and adherence to directions. So let's dissect this.
Above is what Barbara's mixed chalk paint looked like when she applied it. If you are thinking it's too lumpy, it's because it is. This is inevitable why it cracked when it dried, the consistency of the paint just isn't adding up like it should be. You have to mix the chalk mix REALLY well. There are multiple recipes for this, so do your homework, read the comments, and go for one you thing will fit your needs the best. Any way you look at this one though, the non sanded tile grout has to be MIXED WELL into the paint. Mixed well.
I will say that Barbara's dipping technique is a good one. This guarantees an even coat and a good flat surface to write on with your chalk. That is of course if your paint sets up correctly.
I like the drip allowance. You may need to use a brush and help it to not create a ridge where the excess is coming off at the bottom/side of the glass. Another thought it to perhaps use a paper towel or sponge to completely clean off the bottom to guarantee a flat surface for your glass to sit on the counter. Food for thought.
Sadly here is Barbara's final product. So what gives?
I would chalk it up to (pun intended) the inconsistency of the mixing. There were clumps of the non sanded tile grout (the main ingredient in DIY chalk board paint) in the mix. This means that the ingredient that makes this whole process work wasn't distributed or mixed in the paint like it should have been. This sets the whole thing up for a Pinstrosity.
Another option is to use plaster of paris...but don't quote me on the ratios of paris to paint because I don't know that one, sorry :(
So the key to mixing pins is to mix your paint in this case!!!
On a side note I think they look kind of artsy and in the right area and with the right contents inside the glass might be kind of cool. Perhaps planters for succulents? Find a way to repurpose Pinstrosities and then you don't have a Pinstrosity at all!
Happy Friday all!