After a weekend of testing and fooling around with glitter and paint and glue and the like, I have come up with a cape that I am happy about
But, let’s back up and show you how I got there….
First I worked on the stencil I planned to use for he glittery snowflakes. I played around with cape size, snowflake placement and size and when I was happy I began carefully cutting them all out. They are small and somewhat complicated so honestly it took me a while to cut them all out. I had started that last time, but here it is all cut out and ready for use.
I realized that the moment I added paint or glue to this it was going to disintegrate, so I spray varnished both sides before usung. I wasn’t sure how many times I was going to need the stencil and I wanted to go the distance…
After that was all dry, I tried my first plan, which was glue, dabbed on through the stencil onto the organza cape, and then sprinkle the irridescent glitter on generously.
In all honesty, the results were not what I was hoping for. The snowflakes were not quite visible enough, for one thing, but also the stencil tried really hard to stick to the organza and was difficult to get off. Even then there was some extra glue bleed, because even though I watered down the goopy glitter glue, it still got where it shouldn’t! Son of biscuit, eye of newt!
No worries though. I had another plan in mind in case this wasn’t superspectacular. So I cut another organza cape and continued with plan B : Interference Blue Paint and glitter! Woot!
And here it is! The paint carefully brushed on through the stencil and then glitter applied after each snowflake so as not to let the paint dry. And I like it! To make sure that the glitter has some staying power I went over each glittery bit with clear varnish. I mean what is the point of all of this if the glitter just falls off, right?
I also added a few more glittery bits after with a brush.
Here’s the cape up against Elsa’s gown. I like the effect, I think it works. Still, it need a couple of pleats and some gathering and an edge treatment of some sort. I won’t attach it though until I’m finished shining up the bodice
So there it is, for now. I’m going to work on the bodice today and the shoes. The challenge with the bodice will be getting the glitter to be rectangular looking……
Wish me luck! Thanks for reading