Monday, July 21, 2008
Welcome to Neptune's Beauty Parlor
A while back, I bought two busts for $12.99 (each) at a local discount shop. From a distance, they looked fine. You couldn't tell they were feather-light or sort of plasticky. As I moved them around the house, searching for their "home," I affectionately dubbed them Helena and Hunk. At one point, I broke up this duo, and placed Hunk in the pantry.(This is how "he" looked before the "Almond" Rust-oleum.)
Then I started seeing them in other homes--a lot of homes, and even a lawyer's office, so I decided to revamp them. A long time ago, I'd seen a bust with a seashell "head," and it was gorgeous but wretchedly expensive. I never forgot it, though, and last week I bought spray paint (almond,$3.55 ) and shells at Big Lots ($4.00/basket). I already had glue, glaze, and paintbrushes.
So I started spray painting--with lots of "should I's, shouldn't I's. But my pig-headed mood was in full swing.
Over by the fountain, I heard lots of yelling, so I grabbed my camera and ran over to the "menfolk. They pointed to a baby copperhead inside the fountain, its head poking from a tiny hole in the concrete base.
They made ME take the picture, of course, while they stood off to the side, issuing commands. :-) I abandoned Helena and Hunk, and we grabbed the Audubon snake guide. We couldn't agree if our snake was a copperhead or a basic water snake..although it has a distinctive diamond pattern, if you look closely.
I don't like snakes, but I simply couldn't abandon my project. I moved the busts to the back of the truck and started gluing.
As shells popped off and rolled down the driveway, I realized I needed something stickier than Elmer's; but all I had was Gorilla Glue, and my brother talked me out of using it, claiming it had "foamed up something awful" when he'd repaired the outdoor table--which is another design dilemma, but I digress.
So I glued until dark, then brought in my heads. :-) My mother and I thought the shells looked like two people getting ready for the prom--with their hair rolled in old fashioned curlers. Indeed, even some of the shells look like home permanent rods. I haven't glazed Helena and Hunk. And I'm going to check a hobby store for better glue; but here's what I've done so far. They look peeved, don't they? lol