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“Blue Lake Shores”

 

Description from Deb Harding: I don't know what it is about those flowers, except their beauty, but this is the most picks I've done in ages.

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  1. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Straight to my FAVES Deb! You’ve been busy posting fabulous picks. I haven’t commented, but I hqve noticed!
    I’ve been collecting yellows because they are SO summery. I was going to mix them with greys or browns, but they look TOO good with blues! :) I now have a plan!

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    These flowers are driving me crazy to do picks. Because they have such a graduated color they match Czech glass so well. This one I thought of last night as I was trying to go to sleep.
    Cant wait to see a finished project.

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I love yellow and blue together. I also love yellow and purple…it screams spring, tulips, crocus.

  4. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I just commented on the crazy convo you and Asia and Becky had… about painting the flowers. I think the key is getting a thin enough consistency to blend the colors, but just thick enough to stick to the lucite.

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Yea I’m kinda thinking that also plus, like patina paints, I think a glaze mixed in would give it a more transparent color. Becky says she is going to try it out.

  6. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    What if you “roughed up” the surface a little… would that make the paint adhere a little better? The glaze over it to seal and bring back the shine. Becky, are you listening???

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Yeah, I am going to rough them up. I might try to find a chemical dip for that–like vinegar does eggshells. there has to be something non-toxic I can use.

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well yes roughing the surface up gives it tooth. Its recommended when painting anything with a slick surface, such as laminate so, it would probably help. Hmmm good catch Julie. Now you just have to be as artistic as Heather French to achieve that look. Here’s the thing, supplies (paint etc), product (flowers), time equals you spending probably more than just buying the flowers

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    When I was a kid my mom found a glaze that worked on eggshells and I learned to make blown out eggshells with cut out windows and little scenes inside. I think that is the kind of paint that would work but I think it could be concocted with alcohol inks and glaze. I had a lot of organic chemistry classes and I might actually put it to some use here.

  10. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I have some flowers I got cheap cheap cheap at Michaels. More calla lily shaped though. I’m.thinking I could make them look more attractive if I could just get some silk leaves attached to them and stamens of seed beads. Plus over the top bead caps.

  11. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    But if we crack this nut, Deb, we can learn to do it as well over time. Heather had to practice, too. I wouldn’t want to horn in on her business, but all methods can be learned. It’s the artistic gift that you can’t copy so she will be safe from me.

  12. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  13. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    BTW, this pick is to die for! :)

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well if you figure it out. Id love to find some cheap bell shaped lucite flowers.
    Need to haunt some thrift stores I guess.
    Cant wait to hear what Frida thinks of these flowers.

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Heather would be safe from me also…lol…not artistic with paint at all!

  16. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Just a thought…I have a fairly large collection of dyes that I use in my Ukranian Egg designs. I may try them out on some cheap lucite flowers I purchased from another site about a month ago.

    Similar to Becky, I’ve had my share of chemistry classes (of all ‘flavors’) and worked in biochemical and radiopharmaceutical research…so, I’ll dust off my brain and try to come up with something, too :)

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    woohoo!! More science brains in the project. :) I had 6 semesters of chem in college. Organic was my favorite. All I ever get to use it for is things like cleaning gram stains from my hands with acetone. :)

  18. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Trying to keep up with all your ideas ,ladies! Good luck!
    I love this pick!! Fab colors, Deb!

  19. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, love the pick, but let just get to the technique, I tried with the alcohol inks and it works much better, but it is hard to control it because it is more liquidy , then I went to the Golden paints site, they have this glazing gel that one can use to tin the paint for many different techniques including trompe l’oeil which gives the depth to the picture, HF had been an watercolor artist before she started VM. Where is Frida she should know. I run out of my ugly grey bellflowers have to get some, will try my local Michaels, but I don’t remember seeing them there.

  20. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I need some lucite STAT. :(

  21. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    STAT!!! lmbo
    I haven’t seen any lucite flowers in either Michaels I go to Asia.

  22. Asia
    Asia says:

    I need it too LOL :D , just overcooked the dinner or maybe it’s is a new trend slightly burned :D

  23. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Enjoy your new recipe! :)

  24. Asia
    Asia says:

    Thank you :D

  25. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Darling, darling combo! :)

  26. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Asia–are you still on?? Check your messages!!

  27. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Here I’m :D Actually I read about one that used fabric color to dye the lucite, see if I can find it again!

    The pick is gorgeous Deb, and into my faves :D

  28. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Also the frost/matte lucite might have a better tooth from start.

  29. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    Directly into my faves and already have a few lucite pieces in my bag but so expensive. Love it, Deb! I have been out for awhile and am trying to catch up on picks so please do not be offended if I have missed a few.

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