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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ghost Containment System

Got Em!
Capturing Ghosts using the GCS
(Ghost Containment System)
I told you I still had another little spirit flying around the house.
I created this little ghost containment system to capture him yesterday.
It turned out so well. 
I am on the look out to find other things to make into more containers.
I've had this odd glass cylinder with wood lid and base for quite awhile.
I was just waiting for inspiration to hit.
The other day I decided it was just the thing to capture a ghost in.
But it needed sprucing up first.
I purchased the wood finial at Michael's and glued it to the top with wood glue.

Then all I had to do was spray paint it silver.
At that point, it looked really nice...but I wanted it to sparkle as much as my mercury glass collection.
So out came the Martha Stewart glitter and a little spray adhesive.
I've been using this combo on pumpkins with great success.
I'll show a project soon.

That Martha, she knows her glitter. Her glitter really is the best. 

So after the sliver spray paint dried for a couple of hours. 
(Metallic spray paint always takes longer than regular spray paint to dry.)
I sprayed the whole thing with the spray adhesive.
I let it dry a minute or so. So that it is not wet but just tacky.
Then, I began alternating sprinkles of Martha Stewart silver and smoky quartz glitter 
till the entire piece was covered. 
(I mixed the two colors to get a slightly tarnished silver shade that went perfectly with my mercury glass)
I rubbed it in with my hands till every bit of it was covered. 
The resulting finish is surprisingly smooth.
Not like what you normally think of for something covered in glitter. 
It's almost like silver leaf.
I love the effect and can't wait to try it on something else.
I'm seriously thinking about doing this to a piece of furniture.
It's sparkly enough to hold it's own against the mercury glass. 
To read about the other little ghosts that I captured a few days ago...read this post.

I had originally thought I'd do this in black...but I love silver and I can use it at Christmas too. 
And surprisingly, silver works quite well for Halloween. 
Especially if it's tarnished but seems even if it's not...it works.

I'm linking up at
My Painted Halloween Challenge


E. Charlotte said...

Love this!!! :D

La said...

Brilliant! La

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, this is so...adorable! and genius! i love it!

did you enter my bday giveaway? i'd love if you would, i'd rather it go to people who i've conversed with, lol!

Moe said...

So flipping cute!!! I love this :)

Cindi Myers said...

ok, now you got me walking around the house looking for something to spray-paint and glitter!

Janet said...

I think this is adorable. The glitter looks amazing. Your right it doesn't look like normal glitter.

I am stopping by from the CSI Project.


Robin Johnson said...

Adorable. I just love the glitter and simmer of it. Well done.

Amy Chalmers said...

Love the glitter finish! Nice idea!

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

This is gorgeous and your ghosts look so classy but cute...We don't really do Halloween in our house but I do appreciate all the creativity and effort of those that do and yours is totally on another level.

Love the glitter tip also.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Fantastic idea Nita! Love it! The silver glitter looks fantastic! Very creative!!! :)

N @ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

I adore the tarnished silver look, I've had the hardest time finding a spray paint that will look like that.

Cheap Like A Birdie Blog

Wendy said...

I love this project. It looks awesome! I am glad you caught that cute little ghost, too :)

Allison said...

It looks great! Pretty and fun!

Unknown said...

Now this made me giggle with glee. How original! Wonderful inspiration!

Vicki said...

I love this! So clever and the color is beautiful with the mixed glitters. I hope you catch an elf for Christmas in there! Love your blog. New follower.

Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

Design Love said...

I love it! The glitter, the ghost, love it alot!!!

I'm here from Feathered Nest Friday.


Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Nita, This is as darling as can be!! too fun!!

Terry said...

What a great project! I'll have to be shop my house and get my glitter out and see what I can revamp! You had me at "Mercury Glass!"

AllieMakes! said...

Those are adorable! Very Clever!
You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie Party!

Room to Inspire said...

Very clever indeed. I really like the glitter combo - I will have to try that soon! Have a great weekend.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love this idea Nita!!! So super cute! Thanks for joining Feathered Nest Friday and sharing this one! Love it! :)

DreamgirlLisa said...

This is just such a great idea and it came out so great! Super job!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

What a fun idea, love the silver paint. Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 linky party.

Amanda @ Heart Tree Home said...

This is awesome! What a great transformation of an otherwise hideous find. So clever with the ghost too! I need to remember this for next year :-)

WhisperWood Cottage said...

So creative! Brings back memories of Ghost Busters! :)

Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

Carole said...

This is so great! Thanks for sharing the process. :-)