Thursday, January 23, 2014
Here's a quick craft I actually did ages ago, but just recently got around to displaying:
Modified Haunted Mansion Mickey ears!
If you're not familiar, the ears are sold at the parks looking like this:
Those bright teal ears are a crime against nature and all humanity, but the back side is even worse, if you can believe it:
[whimper] Scary for all the wrong reasons.
(I think the ghost patches glow in the dark. Not. Helping.)
Even so, the body of the hat is gorgeous, so when I found a pair at a Disney clearance outlet for 8 bucks I snatched it up.
The ear makeover was fairly simple: remove the chains, carefully tape off the hat with a plastic bag, and then spray prime the ears with plastic primer. Next, a coat of sprayed metallic copper. Once that dried, a coat of flat black, which I rubbed off in spots with a rag dipped in mineral spirits. And finally, a little watered-down teal craft paint dripped in the design's nooks and crannies, to give it the look of copper patina.
The ears have been in my closet for nearly a year now, but when John brought in this fantastic copper candlestick from the garage I knew it was a match made in Haunted Heaven. Don't they look great together? It's the perfect addition to our front buffet table - pics of that coming soon.
Unfortunately I'm still not done with the back of the ears, though. It was almost impossible to get the ugly ghost patches off, so I finally had to use an iron to melt the glue and peel them off bit-by-bit. There's still glue residue left over, so at some point I'd like to add a faux copper name plate to cover the spots. I'm open to suggestions, though, if you guys think of something else that would be fun!
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