Accomplishment is energizing in and of itself isn't it?
Check out the fruits of my labor.
So I considered good ol' house paint, à la Franz (though I don't even think they make the stuff he used to use anymore). But in the end, I brushed on some safe bet artist's acrylic. I don't think I'm entirely done. I think I got the texture right, but I want to add a bit more of the white over black. It's there- not entirely noticeable in the photo, but I'm thinking it could use more. A little Chet Baker on the iPod and I was in the groove.
This was an exercise in dexterity. Braiding while threading and tightly holding hex nuts in place at first had me a little frustrated. That is until I figured out that I needed to tether my starting end to something (a little helpful hint that I didn't find in the tutorial). Then it came together in a snap. I've worn it out twice over the last two weeks and I think it's fast becoming a favorite adornment.
I had seen these totem-esque little diddies floating around the blogosphere and almost hit up Etsy before I decided to make my own. While at the local flea in November, I found a booth selling these antlers and after much assurance that they only sold those that were naturally shed, I brought one home to paint. It sat naked on my coffee table until this past week when I could no longer resist and prettied it up. The blue actually came out looking a little more cerulean than turquoise here, but you get the gist. It makes me giddy.