Monday, January 3, 2011

Epic Bird Jar Failure

Last week I had my first project failure in a long, long time.  When I got this jar, and the bird, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

My plan was to spray paint the jar white and then draw swirls on with a paint pen.  The bird I planned to spray paint black and attach to the top.  Unfortunately, patience is not a virtue that I possess when it comes to waiting for paint to dry.  The first round of painting got sloppy because I didn't do it in multiple light coats, I did just 2 heavy coats.  Obviously, it ran.  So I ended up sanding it down and repainting it.  This time I did alright, things seemed to be looking up.  Except I got hot glue on the bird and that chipped the paint off.  So I had to repaint THAT.  The extra paint made it look all webby, but I kind of liked it.  After the swirls were drawn on, it looked great.  I decided it needed a coat of acrylic sealer to keep the paint from chipping. 

This was the biggest mistake. 




I used an acrylic gloss sealer because I wanted it to be shiny.  Unfortunately it made webs appear all over the jar and the paint on the bottom is cracked now.

It does look kind of cool, but I was really hoping for a more polished look.  Ah well, this is the first failure I've had in a while.  It's good for the ego, I guess.

11 comments:

Your Blah to Blogger said...

It looks like an awesome project and idea! To bad the webbing gives me the heeby jeebies!

btw, this is Kira

Shawna said...

Oh thanks, now it's kind of giving me the heeby jeebies too. :-)

Krafty Kat said...

That's ok- you learned something! I love the idea & how it looked before the sealer-fabulous! Are you going to try it again? Thanks so much for linking to Gettin' Krafty & I like your new header!

Shawna said...

I'm definitely going to try it again but this time I'm going to use better spray paint. I'll also force myself to be patient. Thanks for the compliments on the new header, my sister Kira made it!!

Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever said...

Thanks for sharing the fact that I'm not the only one who's ideas don't always work out exactly as planned. I think the bird jar is adorable! Wish I knew where you found it at, we're doing a bird theme in my daughters bathroom. I'm a new blogger, I'd love if you'd stop by for a visit.

Anne at Bird/Like said...

I agree with Jennifer, its good to know that I'm not the only craft klutz out there, what with all the gorgeous projects being posted! Love the original idea, anytime you do something with birds, let me know and I'll feature you on my bird decor blog!

To Sew With Love said...

This is really a great looking project to be a failure, Sharna! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing!

Steph @ BirdhouseFamily said...

I think it still looks great!

blesid said...

I don't think this is an epic fail at all! I think it's a fab idea. I'm the queen of "I have this great idea and I've got to hurry to see if it actually works". You should see some of MY epic fails! jules

Meg said...

That happened to me with a side table I was working on! For a friend! It was a disaster--the paint bubbled and pealed. I had to start all over again. But, now I know! I love your swirls...I'm sure you can say you meant to do that look! ;)

I hope you can join my "our nest" sign giveaway going on now! Ends tonight. http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-with-shinar-mountain-designs.html

To Sew With Love said...

Hi, Shawna. You were featured! Dont forget to grab your button ^^) Cant wait to see what you have for this week!

http://tosewwithlove.blogspot.com/2011/01/crafty-saturday-link-up-party-no-3.html