The wonderful Sammy at Renew Redo has a thing for it, and it's thanks to her that I actually bought some at Michael's a couple weeks ago and played around with it. Tiffany has perfected the technique of coating entire pieces of furniture with the stuff, but since I didn't want to go the highly volatile compound route (I'm pretty sure they contain things like toluene), with an asthmatic husband and an asthmatic cat around, I just played around with it on a small scale.
The first project I tried with Rub N Buff was a bird that I found at Michael's, along with Rub N Buff from the very same. The bird started its life out as pure white, shiny ceramic, and using Grecian Gold and Patina Rub N Buff, I transformed him into this:
I had expected more of a solid color finish, but instead, I ended up with a very pretty shabby chic .. chick. The gold has a very pretty shimmer to it, when the light hits it.
The next project was a larger pitcher. Same material, on clearance at Michael's.
In the detail, the gold really comes out - I love the area in the center, where it's almost iridescent. This one is worth clicking on to enlarge.
Finally, I played around with turning some plastic children's animals into something shiny, inspired by all the funky brightly painted animals I'm seeing around lately.
Enlarge this one - gorgeous sheen on his little nose. No Charlie Sheen pun intended, there.
As you can see, the cats like to help. This is why this project was done in a well-ventilated basement area, with the door shut and cats locked OUT! Getting the tiger to be a uniform color was particularly challenging, since rubbing the Rub N Buff into the tiny crevices took a lot of finesse and generous application of Rub N Buff.
Finally, and this is sort of my favorite of the projects, since I adore rats, are plastic Halloween rats turned into glam ratues. Yes. I just made up a word for a statue of a rat. I'll put them after the jump, in case rats gross you out.
My husband has placed a moratorium on Rub N Buffing things. Good thing, because I keep looking at things and thinking "Ooh, that would look pretty..."
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