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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fabulous Finds and Mod Podge Transfer Instructions

Sunday I went to my favorite flea market and I found some great finds including two vintage scales, but unfortunately I already took most of them to the shop and forgot to take pictures of them.  I did, however, keep these to put on my website.  No it's not ready yet, but it will be soon.

First of all, I found this adorable little toy telephone.  I have never found one of these before and I researched the sold listings on Ebay.  The pink phones seem to be more rare so I think I will do all right with this purchase.  I think this predates my childhood because I don't remember these at all.  No, I won't share which decade that was but it was a long time ago.

Notice no zip code after East Hampton, Connecticut, so we know it predates zip codes.  I think this is so cute for a toy collector.
Now for my next favorite item (well, I was equally smitten with both of these) is this incredible seltzer bottle.  It's etched and it's beautiful!
It just so happens we visited Dublin this summer so it is especially dear to my heart.  I love the clover border and the etching is really detailed.  I have not researched this manufacturer yet, but I think this was a wonderful find.
There are some wonderful details all over this bottle.  Don't you agree?
I have gotten three emails so far asking me about the transfer method I used on my Paris Tea Cart so I have written out detailed instructions which I am including here.  In the next couple of weeks I will do a photographic tutorial of this process.  Time just didn't permit this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mod Podge Transfer Method

Select an image and make a laser copy image.  If you take your image to the Fed Ex or Kinko's or the like, they will resize your image and reverse it if you need them too.  My Fed Ex store allows me to email the image to them and it is ready for pick up in a couple of hours.  If you have text on your image, be sure to reverse the lettering (mirror image).

I prefer to do this on a painted surface.  After I have painted and sanded my surface, I spray it with clear flat spray.  That seals your paint or chalk paint and makes your surface ready for the transfer.

Now cut close to your image but not right on the lines.  Coat with mod podge and place the image face down on your surface.  Smooth out with your hands to try to get out any air bubbles.  Now leave it overnight so it is thoroughly dry.

Come back the next day and take a saturated wash cloth and wet the paper.  Massage the paper with your fingertips to start removing the paper, but be careful not to remove the image.  Clean off the paper residue that has lifted and walk away.  Leave your project to dry.  Repeat this process another three or four times until you no longer see the white paper.  Each time you will see more and more of your image revealed.

When you are happy with the results, take really fine sand paper (300) and just go over everything to knock of any little paper residue that is left behind.  Be ever so gentle.  Then clear coat it with your favorite finishing spray.  Easy peasy.

My first project was my flower pots.  It's an easy inexpensive test project to get the process down pat.  To view the flower pot project click here.
Happy crafting everyone.  Embrace your inner artist every day.  We all have one residing in our souls.  It's just waiting to express itself!

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Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs       The Graphics Fairy    
                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life   
                                     Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style
Thursdays        The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Rooted in Thyme
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           My 1928 Charmer Sunday's Best


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is a really neat phone, Maggie! I don't remember ever seeing anything like that in my childhood either. Love the seltzer bottles. The etching on them is wonderful.

Anne said...

Great finds Maggie! I am still trying to find a thrifty seltzer bottle!That phone is so sweet!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh, the pink telephone is so sweet!! I have a red one and a green one, but have never seen one in pink. The selzer bottle is pretty, too. I'd love a few, but haven't seen any reasonably priced bottles in the shops in our area. Fun finds!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Great finds! The seltzer bottle is extra nice.

Brenda Pruitt said...

I love decoupage, but have never tried this.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Thanks for the tutorial. What sealer do you use?(over the paint) Great finds - the seltzer bottle is awesome, especially that it is from Dublin. Mine are both local.

rkramadh said...

Nice tut, thanks! When you say "clear flat spray", do you mean a matte sealer?

Bliss said...

Bottle........ FABULOUS!