Craft Fail

Giant spoon and fork beforeI have this picture in my head of how I want my kitchen to look and it includes a giant spoon and fork that have been painted red.  I knew just what I needed, they should be easy to find and I’ll just have to slap a coat of paint on them and they’ll be good to go.  I found some on Craigslist.   Wow, that was easy and I was super excited to pick them up.  When I got them I realized that the handles were Giant spoon and fork before detailcarved (with monkeys) and not quite what I was going for, but maybe a coat of paint would still work, but oh wait, in order for the monkeys to be going the right way the spoon and fork must point down, noooooooo, they must point up.   So, this vision does not include monkeys (normally I really like monkeys), it’s modern, clean, and shiny red.  I have been brainstorming for a month how to get rid of the monkeys and have the modern look I am going for. 

I decided to try using insulation foam, Giant spoon and fork take 1 the kind that comes in a can that you spray on and it expands to fill cracks and such.  It is supposed to harden and they it can be carved and shaped, I even had some already.  I was thinking that a few layers of foam that I could then carve and sand into a relatively smooth surface would be the perfect answer.  It looked good going on and it would definitely cover the monkeys, maybe I could even copy the shapes of the cutlery on my silk screened curtains (that still aren’t finished).  I got excited that this was really going to work, I was going to need another can of foam, but that was okay.  I think that my foam may have been old or maybe it’s one of those things that has to be used all at once (this was a partially used can) because it goes bad, anyway it didn’t harden well and it did not stick well, sigh.  Now I’m back brainstorming, I think I might have to give paper mache a try, I don’t think the finish will be as smooth, but it’s worth a shot.  I’m taking suggestions.

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Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Ha ha ha! I also had a vision of those forks & spoons wall hangings in red. You are two steps ahead of me... sorry about the craft fail! let me know if you want me to post about it at craftfail! :)

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Allison said...

If you want to be able to carve or sand your finished product I would suggest Bondo or other similar modeling compound.

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Oh my! You got 14 comments over at CraftFail!!! http://craftfail.com/?p=1047

Expressions by Heather said...

I would suggest wood putty to fill in the faces. You can sand it smooth, then paint over it.