Thursday, February 20, 2014

Weddings & Wishing Wells

I will apologise in advance for the number of wedding related posts you are going to see from me in the coming months.  My little brother finally tied the knot in December and I was lucky enough to be asked to do the little things that add to a special day like the invitations, wishing well etc.  My little girl was blessed with being one of the flower girls along with my two beautiful nieces.  So, as you can imagine I have a HUGE pile of photographs waiting to be scrapped.

However, today I thought I would show you the Wishing Well I prepared for the special day - It's raw version is a Molossi product and I'm fortunate enough to be on their design team.  In addition to the wells they can also custom laser cut MDF for you in freestanding names for the table or even to add to your well - I'm just waiting on photos from the wedding photographer to show you the ones I ordered and decorated for my brother.   If you have a wedding coming up or perhaps you make invitations for people as a little business - follow this link to the Molossi site and check out all their custom cut items - they even do cake toppers now!!!!

The wishing well is laser cut from 12mm MDF and stands 80cm high.  The actual box part of the well is 40cm wide and 30cm high.  When you receive the well it comes in 8 flat packed pieces.  It is really easy to assemble and in fact I decorated mine in pieces and transported it flat from Qld to NSW for the wedding as I didn’t have a great deal of room in my car.  I simply put it together the night before the wedding by tapping the lugs into the correct holes.  To transport it home I simply pulled it apart and brought it home flat packed also J  You can glue it for extra strength but I found this really wasn’t necessary.  It is a very sturdy well and at no stage has it ever looked like it might separate.

Now I’m blessed with a husband who is a spray painter, so I took the raw pieces to him and had him spray them and clear coat them in 2pac car paint!  I knew that no amount of knocking around en-route to the wedding would damage them this way and I simply wrapped the pieces in cloth to avoid any scratches.  However, the edges are black due to the laser cutting and it takes more than a fine mist of paint to cover this.  Out came my trusty Adirondack acrylic paints ( I found a pearl colour which was an exact match to the white pearl paint hubby had used) and two coats with a paint brush on the edges and all was covered perfectly.  As the paint was pearlised and therefore had a sheen of it’s own and it was just the edges,  I haven’t bothered with any clear lacquer over the top.  However,  if you don’t have access to a painter friend and are doing the whole project in acrylic paint I would suggest you then cover in a clear gloss to give your well a shine and protect the paint.

I then ran a fine line of Helmar 450 glue (this stuff sticks ANYTHING) along the edges of the well and added some sticky bling runners also from Molossi.  These runners come in a huge range of colours and even pearl runners – check out this link to see all of them!/~/category/id=6949268&offset=0&sort=normal.  Now whilst these are self adhesive, I found that without a bit of added adhesive help the heat affected them and they peeled off.  A quick touch of glue beneath them and they are there for life J

 My final touches was simply a piece of ribbon in the bride’s colour scheme to complete the look

Now as I've added wedding invites and other stationery to my little business this year, I played around with changing the colours of the ribbon and bouquet to show other brides what the well would look like should they wish to hire it for their special day - here it is in the pink/peach tones.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have a special day coming up in your future - I hope it is simply magical xx



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