Next, I’m going around with this little, round, foam tool and putting a dot of the same gold metallic paint in the center of each opening. FYI, this gold paint, DecoArt True Gold, is great for stenciling and adding details. The gold is a nice shade and it is very opaque, so usually one layer will do it. Unfortunately, it only comes in these small 2 oz. bottles. I called DecoArt to inquire about larger sizes, but they said this was it. I bought 30, 2 oz. bottles a while ago, when it was on sale.
Lastly, the pièce de résistance… Swarovski gems! I’m alternating two colors, a green and a topaz… mostly because I could not get the quanity I needed in only one color. If I calculated correctly, I’ll be applying a little over 500 gems to this pattern. I’m getting pretty quick at the gem application and find it almost therapuetic to do! Here’s a step by step:
Remember the Gem Picker I showed you before? It really speeds up the process when you have a lot of gems to apply.
Using the Gem Picker, I simply put the gem on the dot of glue…
…and I’m done!
I’m getting discouraged about the progress of my eye, so am stepping up the number of times I apply a compress during the day. 🙁