Shop update!!! I’ve just listed these handmade moon phase necklaces and bracelets to the shop! Pieces are made with polymer clay, textured and painted to resemble a stone or ceramic finish then cured in an oven and glazed with Sculpey gloss glaze. 🌙
I’d dreamt of visiting Iran for years. Seeing images of its magnificent mosques, beautiful parks and narrow bazaar alleyways lined with carpet weavers and rug shops always made me yearn to visit, so when I heard the UN sanctions were lifted earlier this year and that travel as an independent couple (and not part of a tour group) might be slightly more easier, I was in that Iranian embassy quicker than you can say CHELLO KEBAB.
We landed in Tehran in the early hours, just as Fajr began, and on the ride to the hotel we saw the city waking up. Getting closer to our hotel in midtown Tehran, shutters were opening, the streets became busier (Tehran traffic is a thing people – it’s worse than Mumbai), and sunlight began to illuminate the grand mountains surrounding the metropolis that were previously only a daunting shadow.
There is so much to see and experience in Tehran; from the magnificent royal palaces, to holy shrines adorned with marble and mosaic and the huge parks blooming with flowers and citrus trees, to the dusty streets filled with rich aromas of lamb kebabs and naan, and the artsy and hipster pockets of the city sprinkled with museums and exhibitions. Come Maghrib (sunset prayer) and the city begins to light up, with families, couples and groups heading north towards Tajrish and the Darband mountains for a long night of food, music and nargile in restaurants carved high up into the rocks.
There’s an underlying atmosphere of wonder and curiosity now that the political climate is changing. You can feel it in the markets, from the falooda stands to the rug bazaars, in the glazed shopping malls and the conversations in restaurants and cafes. Will business boom? Will the economy improve? What changes will Iran see? What lies ahead?
Cup from the 2.3.2016 batch! Moon and many stars. The outside is a rutile glaze that turns bluer the thicker it applies to the surface. The inside is a glossy white glaze except for one part behind the moon. The moon is accented with a glossy clear glaze. my etsy shop.
Bucky was thankful that Steve and Natasha let him go out on his own for a change. He wanted some of his independence back, now that Wanda had taken the trigger words out of his head, he felt that he could. The night terrors were still there, but at least he had the sense of security that he couldn’t go into Winter Soldier Mode anymore. He felt content with life as he walked around the small downtown area in the town next door to the compound. He enters an inviting coffee shop, ordering a small pastry and coffee.
Plan any painted frames around the art or objects you’ll display. (The ones shown are 32 inches wide, 39 inches tall, and start 6 inches above the chair rail.) To lay out the frames, mark their location on the wall using a level and tape measure. If necessary, start your lines with the level and extend them using a straightedge.
Good to know: before you start it’s a good time to clean the old painted finish and patch any nail holes or wall damage. Apply two base coats of paint and let the last coat dry for at least four hours.
Tape along the lines in the area between them. Then trim away excess tape on the outside strips to square the corners without cutting into the wall surface. Run your finger the length of each tape strip to press the adhesive firmly against the wall. Repeat for any additional frames.
For the inside of the rectangle, use a single-color wash (Coral Mist shown). Mix ½ cup of paint with 2 cups of glaze (a 1:4 ratio if you’re mixing larger or smaller quantities). Lightly moisten a medium-size sponge and wring it almost dry. Dip the sponge into the glaze-paint mixture and apply it within the rectangle using a mix of X and Y shapes up to the edges of the tape. Reload the sponge as needed, but avoid completely covering over the base coat of paint. Repeat for the other panels and let dry. (Glazed paint will take longer to dry. If necessary, ventilate the room with a fan.)
Mask any woodwork with painter’s tape and apply tape to adjoining walls at the corners. This time, mix 1 cup of paint and 4 cups of glaze in two batches of colors (Simply Coral and Apricot Ice shown). Use one foam roller to first apply the darker paint-glaze mix in random-pattern groups from the ceiling to the chair rail or floor, leaving gaps between the groups. Then use the second roller to apply the lighter color within the gaps.
Immediately use a dry 4-in color washing brush to blend the glazes together. Avoid brushing more than what you need to just blend the colors. Clean the brush frequently to avoid loading it with glaze-paint. Although the glaze dries slowly, you may need to divide the rolling and brushing with a partner.
After the glaze dries, remove the tape from the adjoining walls and around the frames. Repeat to color-wash the remaining walls in the room. Then apply new tape with the edges even with the color-wash paint lines around each square or rectangle. This time, trim the inside tape strips for square corners.
Roll on the frame color (Polar White shown) in the area between the tape rectangles. After the second coat of paint dries, remove the tape. Repeat for the remaining frames.
Center your art within the painted frame and add the necessary hanging hardware.
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