Point #27- The Day the Music Died

18 Aug

No, seriously. I have defaced a tiny guitar. Top that for a Tuesday night.

So I bought this little guitar at a cheapo Asian export dollar type store…it’s hard to explain, it’s not quite a dollar store, it isn’t actually Asian imports like rugs or furniture. What it is is cheap crap, but super fun cheap crap out of which can be made all sorts of fun stuff. Also they sell a lot of “novelty” knives and other weaponry. That can’t possibly end badly.

One of the things they had at this store were little guitars, slightly larger that a ukelele, and unbelievably badly put together, for about ten dollars. It was very clear when I got it home that this thing was never going to be fit to be played, but I knew I would find a use for it. And then tonight, suddenly, I did. Hurray!

First a sanded it a little around the edges:

And painted the sides with three colours of metallic paint, to make it look gold leafed, sort of:

Then I snapped the pokey bits off of some copper brads and decorated the fret board:

Next, I acquired some fabric scraps. These were some really nice gold and red silk bits from a sample book:
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Started feeling a little punchy:

I think I might have hallucinated these guys.

Applied the silk scraps with Mod Podge. Got deeply concerned that the silk irreparably darkened as a result of the damp decoupage medium. Had mild rage as original vision of project floated away. Stared blankly at tiny, glued covered guitar for several minutes while fiance played Madden 10 in the background. Will now forever associate this with Cris Collinsworth voice, which is disturbing:

Once the Mod Podge started to dry, the patterns in the silk scraps started coming through beautifully, although my imagined view of a vibrantly coloured red and gold patchwork was gone. Instead, there was a really pretty, kind of antique Venetian carnival look to the surface. After staring at it a moment, I got an inspiration and brushed some gold lightly over the surface to give it a little shimmer. Because shimmer rox. Add a couple of little details, including a tiny “beautiful” plaque under the mirror, to remember I am beautiful even when I look like a troll with a disturbing skin condition.

This is the finished product. Feel free to “ooh”, and if you really feel like getting loose, “ah” as well:

I will add little hooks to the bottom, in the copper swirly pieces (which are simply sexy paper clips), so I can hang jewelry on them. Yay for me! It’s ok to think I am awesome.

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6 Responses to “Point #27- The Day the Music Died”

  1. Joy August 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Pose with it so we can get a sense of how tiny it is! I know you had your hand in one pic and also propped it on the chair, but I’m still seeing a full sized guitar for some reason.

    Having said that: very creative! It’s a mirror!

  2. pointsforcreativity August 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    Well, put it this way, in the last few pictures, it’s sitting on my towel rack in the bathroom, so it would have to be pretty small. I will take a couple more pictures at some point.

  3. Plaid Crafts August 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I love this!!

  4. Melissa Henderson August 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    I definitely ohhhed and ahhhhed! 🙂
    Great job!

  5. Connie Berends August 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    ooooooh, aaaaaaah! I think you are awesome! And very funny and very creative. Just found your blog through mod podge Amy. You can find my daughters and me at thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com

    • pointsforcreativity August 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

      You had me at your wonderful doodle approach, Connie! I am looking over your blog now and I LOVE it!

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