There are things that we use every day and we continue using them even though they may be tattered or may have started looking old or shabby. It's usually the love or comfort that we feel with objects that we have had around us for years.
This is the story with my Mom's spectacle case. It's old and completely worn out but she refuses to give it up. She is very happy and comfortable using it. But I decided to give it a bit of life and add glamour to it.
As you can see from the pic below it's a black leather case from which even the leather has started peeling away.
Thus started the journey of altering the spectacle case.
First of all, I gave it a coat of black gesso. As the original case was black in color I decided to stick to the black color. Another reason for this is the fact that it's an everyday use item so it should not get spoilt easily with regular use.
After this, I decided to add texture by adding some gauze and again painting it over with black gesso. I did this on both the sides.
Painted with Black Gesso
Once this was completely dry, I added some more texture on top with some stencils and modeling paste.
Used Modelling Paste
Thus my base was ready. The time now for adding the embellishments. I have added some MDF embellishments, a few metal charms, flowers, rhinestones and some glitter balls and shaker elements.
Being a spectacle case I did not want it to have too much of depth and at the same time, the working surface is small. Thus the design was simple and elegant.
I stuck everything using the 3D gloss gel. And once everything was properly stuck and dry, I went ahead and covered it completely in black.
Then I added sprays in shades of red, gold and copper. I have even made sprays out of the metallic paints in my DT kit which added a wonderful shimmer to the project. Between the coats of sprays, I have lightly dry brushed with white gesso to lighten up the colors and have them pop out a bit.
Once I was happy with the colors I completed the project with rubbing in some Prima waxes in turquoise, red. Additionally, I also rubbed some of the metallic paint in gold.
Here are some of the pics of the new altered spectacle case. And I must say my mom was super thrilled with the new look.