Friday, 15 January 2016

Red & Black and Altered All Over....

Over the holidays, I went to the my local liquor store and was told I was getting a free
gift with my purchase. stuff!

I opened up my free gift when I got home and was stumped.
I had no idea what it was. I almost tossed it into the trash (as I am trying to curb
by hoarding ways.) when my son came into the room and dropped his phone
into the slot. It was a smartphone amplifier and it must be altered! With all the "Something New" Challenges out there I thought this was the perfect project to get started with!
First step ~ I sanded it to remove the shiny finish.
Next step was to paint on 3 shades of red. Lightest shade first, then the next 2 shades were randomly painted on.
After that layer was completely dry I painted on one coat of black gesso. I used my heat gun to only dry it until it turned matte then used a baby wipe removed some of the gesso to reveal the red underneath. 
I love the aged look it gives it. I added some gold metallic rub-ons as well.
All my metal embellishments were painted before I adhered them to the wood base with 3D gloss gel.
I used metallic rub-ons to highlight the details on the metal pieces.
Here is my brand new iPhone amplifier! Perfect for playing tunes while being crafty!

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  1. Awesome! That's a total transformation!!!

  2. Cool beans, Julia! Neato mosquito! The red is so pretty and love the owl! Great altering! <3

    1. Your comment is so awesome, Autumn! It made me smile.
      Thanks so much!

  3. This is awesome Julia! Love it!!

    1. Thanks so much, Katelyn! I hope you have recovered from CHA. ;)

  4. A fabulous project and a great idea. Love your altered amplifier. Very ingenious!
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Mar x

  5. Awesome!! I wouldn't have known what that was either lol
    Your finished altered product is soooooo much nicer than the original!
    Thanks for playing along with the SHOPPING OUR STASH crew for our "Something New" challenge this week!!

  6. Gosh! You have turned an already fantastic gift into a true treasure! LOVE this!
    Thank you for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

  7. What a gift and what would we do without our young people ... You have really changed your mobile phone holder, WOW amazing!
    Thank you for participating in SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges.
    Hugs, Susan

  8. Wow! What a great free gift! I love how you have made it look so expensive now! A brilliant transformation! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  9. Oooh! Your altered amplifier looks amazing! Wwwwaaaaayyy better than it originally did. (And I had now idea at first either of what it was. LOL!) Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  10. I would have been stumped as well. Lol! Thank goodness for your son. This altered piece is awesome sauce! Red is my favorite color so this is perfect! Wonderful layers and embellies! ~Niki

  11. This is very cool! I think I would have been stumped at the beginning, too! Your altered amplifier looks totally awesome! Love it !
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the kind comments. I am your newest email subscriber! :)

  12. How crafty!! It turned out lovely too! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit!

  13. Brilliant transformation and I wouldn't have had a clue what it was either LOL! Deb xo

  14. une superbe idée bravo , à bientôt nate


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