I found this great umbrella stand in the shape of a shopping bag. It's made out of a solid heavy metal and had great bones, it just needed a little lovin!
It was a great pewter color
I dry brushed on a little white paint and then gave it a light sanding (It seems I always have a cat nosing their way into the picture!)
It needed a little something on the front. I got in my head that I wanted to add a lace applique and I decided to try to make it out of clay...I never know if my ideas will work, but I have to give it a try, and sometimes I get lucky!
I rolled out some oven bake polymer clay, but you could use air dry clay. I used a rolling pin that I first dusted with talcum/bath powder. Then I dusted the top of the rolled out clay with powder before.......
......I rolled a dress applique right down into the clay
I pulled up the applique and then cut around the design with a sharp knife, it cuts really easy
I baked the clay on my craft cookie sheet (I keep one just for crafts, I don't know why...OCD?)
Then did a little dry brush of white paint on the applique and attached it with E-6000 glue
This was really easy and I will definitely try it again...My head is already spinning with ideas! I will tempt fate next time and try to roll it a little thinner. I bet it would look really cute on a drawer front?
Just throwing out ideas...You take it from here!