PROJECT FAIL: GOLD LEAF EASTER EGGS
Here's something different for a change. I'm going to share with you a total project fail (and if you followed along earlier this week on Insta-stories, then you know exactly what I'm about to talk about!)
If it worked, this was supposed to be the first of several Easter posts.
But guess what? While some bloggers I know only share the successes and pretty pictures all the time, there are many failed attempts at really good ideas.
Let's talk about gold leafing. I've done it before (HERE, HERE, and HERE). I love the product (in general, but not necessarily all brands!), but gilding can be extremely tricky. So my first idea was to use three cute little images, transferred to the eggs by vinyl via my Silhouette CAMEO. One was of a baby chick, another of a bunny, and the last of a cracked egg. The idea was to apply one image to an egg, then apply the gold leaf around that. When I pull the vinyl off, you have the silhouette of an Easter symbol shining through. The problem was, just trying to smooth the vinyl out on a curved shape - not the easiest thing in the world to do.
When I gave up that plan, I thought I could just cover the eggs entirely in gold leaf. THAT was just as disastrous. I attribute part of the disaster to the product itself (which I won't disclose here) because it was pretty flaky, and teared apart in my hand before I could even cover the egg with it. Not all gold leaf is made the same, and I think some brands are better than others to use (clearly I wasn't using my favourite brand to do this project). I think the other problem was my lack of patience at this point when I already gave up an idea I was really excited about. Who knows?
By the way, the eggs only look real (thank you to Hobby Lobby for that!), but I found them near the floral aisles at the store. They were inexpensive, and using faux eliminates the process of hard boiling eggs (plus, you can reuse the eggs for years to come in your decor).
If you're interested in trying this project, get yourself a great product, maybe one that you used before that you really liked, have patience, and if you're really brave, download this SVG file for your software (it includes the original silhouettes of the chick, bunny, and cracked egg).
I still think the eggs look pretty, mostly from far away though. HA! I managed to make 3 of the six. They'll never be Willy Wonka certified, but still a nice accent at Easter.
Have you ever experienced a total project fail, twice!? I still want to experiment more with gold leaf in the future. Is there a brand that you prefer over another? I could use a little help!