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Have you heard of the decorative art technique of Verre Eglomise? Apparently it dates back to the 13th century and according to Wikipedia, the French term Verre Eglomise refers to the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the back of glass to produce a mirror like finish. When you combine it with Unicorn SPiT, it creates the most beautiful effect.
That’s my humble attempt at Verre Eglomise and it was surprisingly easy to do. I’ve never used Unicorn SPiT on glass before. I do know that it works like a charm on wood and material though, and I’ve being dying to try it. Especially after seeing all the beautiful things some of the other talented SPiTTers have been doing. Anyhows, because this was one of those playing around, experiment kinda things, there was just no ways I was going to spend a ton of money. Luckily, we had one of those el cheapo clocks and a plastic doily in our craft stash that were just perfect.
After dismantling the clock we gave the glass a good clean with newspaper and watered down vinegar, before using the doily as a stencil.
The design on the doily was quite fussy, so I took a plastic lid to mask off the center bit. When spraying the doily, I used a very light touch, so the design would come out blotchy and hazy rather than perfect. I think it adds a nice touch to the final look.
Once the paint was dry, I applied a coat of clear Mod Podge. Unicorn SPiT tends to peel off of the glass if it’s not treated first. If you don’t have any SPiT, acrylic paints will also work. Using a combination of White Ming, Zia Teal and Weathered Daydream I just dabbed bits of color on to the back of the glass, being careful to leave some gaps between the colors.
When everything was dry, copper leaf was applied to the outer edges of the glass. Copper leaf is really, really thin sheets of copper and you should be able to find it in most craft shops. It comes in a pack of between 10 and 25 sheets. To apply the copper leaf, spray the area with a little tacky glue and gently brush on the leaf with a good quality brush. I had to keep flipping the glass over to make sure it looked okay. It was a bit disconcerting to work on the back of the glass, you’re kinda layering everything in reverse 😀
Once I had the look I was going for, I sprayed the back of the glass with mirror effects from Rustoleum. Krylon sells something similar, but it’s hard to find here in South Africa.
And that’s it. The Verre Eglomise with Unicorn Spit experiment was done. The piece of glass went back into the original plastic frame, that got a quick makeover with some spray paint.
And the colors in the mirror change depending on how the light catches the copper leaf behind the glass.
I think I’m ready to go all out now and try the technique on a BIG piece of glass. A good friend of mine makes the most beautiful custom stencils. I’m sure Keri from Repurposing Junkie will be able to come up with a design for me. What do you think? Have you experimented with anything interesting lately? I’d love to hear how it turned out.
As always sending lots of love and hope you have a stupendously creative week.
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