Hi all,

I'm currently trying to change my Blogger template as I've been needing a change, but there is a lot (OK, everything) I don't know about editing code and whatnot. So there will probably be a lot of  bugs and ugliness until I can get it all figured out. Sorry about that!

In April I had been bitten by the DIY bug and G and I spent some time in antique stores where I was looking for inspiration for some upcycling and home decor projects. When we moved into our apartment I was really into country primitive style. While I still like it, I've been hankering for a literal fresh start, with cooler, brighter colors. I love seafoam and coral and have been gravitating towards that color scheme. G has been groaning every time I bring home something that's seafoam or any variation on the theme. Even teal and turquoise cannot escape his disdain, it's all seafoam to him. I think deep down he likes it, however. He just enjoys giving me crap about it.

Anyway, in one shop I saw this pair of wings, and they immediately called to me. I wasn't thinking cute cherubic angel wings. I was thinking The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon angel wings. They didn't have a price tag so I asked how much they were. The owner called the booth vendor and they said they were just for decoration, but if I really wanted them they would take $60.00. Humph. I liked them a lot, but not quite that much. I figured I could find some online that looked closer to Daryl's wings and maybe distress them myself for less than that. So I passed, and started searching. 

Well, shows what I know. Anything close to what I wanted online was even more expensive than that- I saw some pretty ones on Etsy to the tune of $140.00. NO WAY. So I kept searching and ended up finding what looked like the same wings the Etsy seller painted from Oriental Trading for $40.00 (sadly they appear to be OOS at the moment). So I bought them and used a free shipping code too. But, how to alter them?

I knew I wanted to age them, and possibly give them a green patina. I've created patinas with small copper jewelry pieces but never a large metal piece (of unknown origin) so I researched some more and found THIS. Modern Masters Metal Effects basically allows you to patina any surface and give it an awesome aged look. What you do is paint the surface with the protective primer (what keeps the patina solution from eating through whatever material you use). After that you paint the item with the copper effects paint, which has particles of real copper which will react to the patina solution you spray on, causing the item to get that gorgeous vintage green patina look. 

I bought the materials HERE, and while that did cause my total expenditure to go over the $60.00 of the original wing inspiration, I have lots of patina stuff left for other projects, plus the wings are more unique and personal to us.

So! This is how I did it:

You need the wings, the primer, the copper paint, and the patina solution. You should also have some rubber gloves, a paint brush, a spray bottle for the solution, and some paper towels handy for blotting any excess solution when you spray it on.

This is how the wings looked at the beginning. They are lightweight, with lots of detail. They have two sets of saw tooth hangers for hanging in different directions. I decided to hang them the way Daryl's wings look on his vest.

First, I painted the wings with the primer. It's ugly and reddish-brown, but don't worry. This is just for protection and won't be visible later. I waited a half hour and then gave them another coat. I left them to cure overnight.

The next day, I painted the wings with a coat of the copper paint. I waited a half hour for it to dry, and then painted another coat. While the second coat was still wet, I sprayed on some of the patina solution that I had put in a spray bottle over the wings. I didn't totally saturate every inch, because I wanted some of the copper to still show through. I used paper towels to blot out any obvious splatters or large drops, so it would look more authentic. 

Then, you wait for the magic to happen!
 It takes several minutes for the effect to show up, so be patient.
This is not long after spraying:

After a while, the wings started to get a more powdery, rusty, aged texture to them, and a lovely, heh, seafoam-y color.

I left them to totally dry overnight and then sprayed them with a Rustoleum clear coat. You don't have to do this, but I wanted to make sure everything was sealed.Then I hung them up! I adore them and I'm really pleased with how they turned out. The ones in the shop were quite nice, but there's something so rewarding about an idea in your head coming to fruition by your own hands.

The past couple weekends the indie stars have aligned perfectly for me, bestowing upon my mailbox multiple indie orders. And if one bright and shiny package is a good thing, then two is damn near transcendent. A couple Saturdays ago I got my summer order from Darling Clandestine and an eyeshadow order from Fyrinnae. Happy dances ensued.

I've been meaning to get Cloudswing for the longest, so I went for a full size and a solid of that. I also got a bitsy of Brasao y Kinolau and a full size Homespun. Evonne threw in a cute bitsy solid of Pyrotechnik too!

Cloudswing is a bright, crisp, golden-green scent with notes of warm hay and wood and vanilla and mowed clover and marigolds and sweet woods and intense lemongrass. 

I am normally not a lemongrass fan at all, but Cloudswing is the exception. It's creamy and fresh and grassy and woodsy and just magically happy. I'm partial to the photo of the barn on the solid scent. It reminds me of the barn on my cousin's farm where I spent some time as a child. Spending long summer days where we would just roam around the fields, or hid out in the barn, way up in the huge piles of scratchy straw, with the dust motes caught in the shafts of sunlight. Nothing to do but find another adventure, total freedom. That's what Cloudswing smells like- endless possibility and optimism, a wide expanse of could-be's. 

Homespun is a fragrance that begins in the vein of Cloudswing, and then takes a tumble into dark woods, sprouting with lichens and morels and mint julep. 

I took a chance on this as a full size, partly because of the bottle. That gorgeous green bottle, like an electric emerald beetle scurrying through the forest floor, hiding among the fallen leaves. The scent is just as gorgeous. It is deeper, woodsier than Cloudswing, with a faint mintiness and freshness of tea. These woods are lovely, dark and deep. But not scary or sinister, it's actually quite comforting. If Cloudswing is a bright, creamy hay yellow, then Homespun is mossy green blanket.

Brasao Y Kinolau
Fresh, green, non-Christmasy holly, pink peppercorn and old-world wonders, fused with the maile vines of Hawai'i, lotus, honeysuckle and jasmine, spiced with a tiny touch of cinnamon and sweetened with coconut and honey. It's green and tart and languid and floral-but-not-floral and breezy and deep

This is a green, peppery scent- the kind Evonne does so well. It's got a kind of humidity to it, it's not a cool forest green. It's a jungle green. Hints of tropical florals-meandering through a jungle thick with vines and mysteries. It's definitely summery and per the description, non-Christmasy. I don't pick up on the coconut, honey, and cinnamon, but I do get an overall impression of the tropics without being super obvious about it.

Pyrotechnik is a sangria-spicy fragrance concoction with bold notes of cantaloupe and raw sandalwood darkened with smoke and earth.

This one is for melon lovers, and I'm not a huge melon lover. It has an orange aura for sure, deep and a little spicy/woodsy. But it is predominantly melon, and if you like that, you'll be good with this one. I enjoy it well enough, but it's not my favorite.

Next up, some new Fyrinnae shadows!

Innocent Sorrow is one of my favorites and I've almost used up the sample I had, so I got a refill. My favorites of the new ones are Ailurophile and Beyond Binary. Ailurophile looks like a medium sparkly purple in the jar, but it looks more subtle on my lids, and really brings out the green of my eyes. I've been wearing it with Beyond Binary in the crease just to soften it out, and it operates almost like a neutral for me. It's just lovely, with a slight golden metallic sheen to it. Beyond Binary is a "my lids but better" shade, mostly peachy-matte and velvety, evening out my skintone with a soft blue-ish glow. I've been using it when I don't feel like doing much makeup, but still want to look awake and put together.

Top L to R: Beyond Binary, Istanbul, Haunted Ballroom
Bottom L to R: Innocent Sorrow, Ailurophile, Caramel Layer Cake

Top L to R: Beyond Binary, Istanbul, Haunted Ballroom
Bottom L to R: Innocent Sorrow, Ailurophile, Caramel Layer Cake
These were swatched over bare skin. Haunted Ballroom and Innocent Sorrow are more sheer/shimmery but can be built up, so I use them for both highlighting and as subtle brightening lid shades. 
Caramel Layer Cake, Haunted Ballroom, Innocent Sorrow, Beyond Binary, Istanbul, Ailurophile
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