Make a Wish

Woo hoo, it’s Friday!  How about a little wishful thinking today?  Well, I saw an awesome gold wishbone in Kristin’s living room, but couldn’t justify the near $50 price tag.  Even if it is dipped in 24 karat gold.

But it is such a fun piece, so I figured I’d give it the ol’ DIY try using polymer clay and gold spray paint.  Guess what?  I got close on the second try.

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If you want to make your own, get a package of polymer clay.  I used half of the block.  Knead until soft, then split into two even balls.

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Roll those balls into long hot dogs, as Ev called them.

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Pinch the ends, making a rounded, flat end.  Then squish the two together, smoothing and rounding the pinched areas.  Place on a foil lined baking sheet and adjust the shape until you like it.  On my first try, I quit there and baked it at 275 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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One of the ends flopped down during baking.  Stupidly, I tried to bend it back and it snapped off.  Lesson learned.  The second time I placed two clay balls under to keep the shape.

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After baking, I gave it two coats of Rustoleum’s gold paint and here she is, living it up on the coffee table.

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I know the real version is better, but this two dollar knock off isn’t too bad in my book.

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And it’s a super cute start to my fall decorating.

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What do you think of the DIY version?  While we’re talking wishes, I’ve got a favor to ask all of you lovelies.  Can you please ‘favorite’ our guest room over at Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest?  To thank you for your help and support, this post is also a giveaway.  Win or lose, one lucky reader will get a prize.  If we lose, a pair of custom Sit and Stay pillows will head over to a new home.

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But if we win, the $200 Sherwin Williams gift card (a winner prize provided by Apartment Therapy) will go to one of our readers.  I know we’re a long shot as there are so many great rooms, but we really appreciate your encouragement and support.  So, if you want in on the prize, here’s what you need to do.

If you’ve already ‘favorited’ our room, leave a comment that you did so.  If you haven’t, head over to Apartment Therapy, sign in or create an account, and favorite our Butter Yellow room.  Come back here and leave another comment to get yourself in the running.  That’s it.  Thanks again!!  Oh, selecting favorites ends next Friday, September 27th, so the giveaway will end then, too.

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