I really wanted to try out some of Martha's beautiful pumpkins, especially the glitter ones. We went to a pumpkin farm on Saturday and I picked up a few pumpkins. I didn't buy the magazine because I figured it can't be that hard to glitter some pumpkins...right? So, here are my finished pumpkins and I will tell you what I did wrong. First, let me tell you, this is a project that is best accomplished outside. As I write this, Baby Hughes has glitter all over his head and I am having flashbacks from a glitter incident in the 9th grade. Let's just say it took me a month to get all the glitter off of me.
This is the first pumpkin I tried. I used regular Elmer's glue. Big mistake. It took forever to dry and It ran a little as you can see in the picture. I probably got it on too thick. I bought Martha's glitter glue, but it was difficult to squeeze and I wanted these completed (have I ever said that I am impatient?) And, I didn't paint these pumpkins before...depending on the look you are going for, you may want to paint yours.
I started to use spray adhesive on this one (thought that may be better than the Elmer's)... it stuck to the paper plate that I was using to sprinkle the glitter on. When it stuck, the adhesive peeled off in sheets. So, I got the tacky glue. My applicator of choice ended up being my finger, it gave me the thinnest coat. The coverage was good and the dry time was much faster with no runs.
This is another one that I did, only with black glitter, these both turned out fine with the tacky glue. I really like the black glitter. It I would have been more patient, I would have painted the pumpkin black first. In a couple of places where the pumpkins got bumped, the glitter rubbed off.
This one was by far the easiest one. I used a rub on wax product. It comes in a tube and it is called Rub and Buff. This color is the silver leaf, but they have a few other colors too. I simply rubbed a little on and then buffed it with a paper towel. It let a little of the orange to shine through. The one really nice thing about this technique is that it doesn't rub off.
Then, I wanted to try silver leaf. It also worked out good. The sizing has to cover every part though or the leaf won't stick. I tried to cover it again in those places and it still didn't want to stick. I just added some of the silver wax to those parts.
So then I just piled them all up into a bowl on my mercury glass table.
You can see where the glitter rubbed off a little. I added a little of the silver wax to the stems. I really like the look of all of them...Mr. Hughes' favorite was the silver glitter.
It rained here all day, so I was unable to finish up my pumpkin projects
I need one more pumpkin for the bowl and a few more for around the house.
So, are there any of you that have attempted Martha's fabulous pumpkins?
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