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Shaker Angel


To decorate salt and pepper shakers with lasting color to match your dinnerware, use paint for non-porous (slick) surfaces. It will work over the etching.  Replace the salt and pepper lids with wooden balls to create these angels. Fill the inside with rose hips, potpourri, or bath salts.

Paint Colors You will need:
          DecoArt Americana
          Titanium White
          Victorian Blue
          Yellow Light
          Deep Burgundy
          Lamp Black
          Hi-Lite Flesh
          Round, #1
          Flat, #4
          B & B Etching Products Etchall Etching Creme*
          Wooden ball heads (flat on one side), 1" and 1-1/4" in diameter
          Contact paper, clear
          Spanish moss (hair)
          Crocheted doilies, 4" round, white, 2
          Thread, heavy-duty
          Glue gun and sticks, low-temperature
          Potpourri or mini rosebuds
          Powdered cosmetic blush, pink
          Old quilt or fabric for collars, 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" (small angel),
          2" x 2-1/2" (large angel)
          Ribbon, dark pink and blue, 6" for each angel
          Cord for halo, gold, 6" for each angel
          Spray sealer or finish (optional)

The lids for the shakers are not used for this project.
If needed, widen the large angel apron pattern to match the lines on octagonal shakers, and adjust the pattern to fit around the base (it might be easier to trace a hem pattern for each angel). Trace the apron, hem border, and bib patterns onto contact paper, leaving an inch or more between the patterns. For easier   handling, cut the patterns apart. Because the etched areas are inside the pattern lines, you need to make a negative template (stencil) by using scissors to cut out the center of designs. Peel off the backing. Apply the templates onto the shakers.

To etch the apron and hem areas, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Let set for 15 minutes. Using water, rinse off the crème. Thoroughly dry the shakers.

Painting Instructions:

Apron, Bib, Hems Side-load the #4 brush with Titanium White. Float scallops on the edges of the etched apron, bib, and bottom hems. Using a brush handle or stylus, add white dots.

Roses Mix a middle value of Deep Burgundy + Titanium White. Using the round brush or a large brush handle, paint a circle in the bottom center of the small angel's bib.  Paint five along the bottom of the large angel's apron. Let dry.

 Using a stylus and Deep Burgundy, make a dot just below the top edge of each circle (for the bottom of the bowl of the rose). To make the dark petals on the left side of each circle, use the round brush to pull three comma strokes from the outside edge toward the center. Be sure the top stroke is below the dot.

For the light petals on the right of each circle, mix a light value of Deep Burgundy + Titanium White or add more white to the middle value. Using the round brush, pull three comma strokes from the outside edge toward the center.

Leaves: Load the round brush with Avocado. Make a comma stroke on each side of the roses.

Flowers: These flowers are below the scallops on the small angel's hem and between the roses on the large angel's apron. Using the stylus and Victorian Blue, make a circle of five dots for each flower. Let dry.  Dot the centers with Yellow Light.  Paint Avocado comma stroke leaves between the flowers on the small angel.

Heads:  Basecoat the wood with Hi-Lite Flesh. Let dry.  Dot the eyes with the stylus and Lamp Black. Let dry.  Using the cosmetic blush, rub on the cheeks.

Finishing:  Lightly spray sealer on the heads. Let dry.  Fill the shaker with potpourri. For the collars, hot-glue the quilt or fabric pieces onto the top of the shakers.  Hot-glue the heads onto the collar. Hot-glue moss onto the heads.  For the halos, make a circle from each piece of gold cord.  Hot-glue onto the hair. Tie the ribbons into bows. Glue one onto each angel at the chin.


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