Not Your Grandma’s Crackle

I said crackle, not cackle mind you.

Remember when crackle paint was all the rage? EVERYTHING was crackled.
Every piece of furniture, frame, household item… CRACKLE.

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Crackle

It was fun. It was cool. But now, its a little predictable. Now I like a little more variation in my aged-looking items. A little more unique age. As if they are actually old, not manufactured to be so.

Of course, I turn to google for a crackle type solution. Why don’t I go buy a can of crackle stuff? Because I AM LAZY. And cheap, I mean frugal. Yes, frugal. If I can do what I want to do without having to leave my house and by using items I already have around, I’m going to do it.

Remember that “W” I mentioned in the cement post? Well that “W” is going to be my test subject for homemade crackle. In my very serious search, I found instructions here to make crackle medium using Elmer’s Wood Glue. Perfect, I have wood glue and do not need to leave my house.

Here’s the “W”:

I mixed navy blue and black acrylic for a dark dark blue base color. Then added my coating of wood glue topped with bright yellow:
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Then I had to let it dry for what seemed like FOREVER. Perhaps I used too much wood glue, though I’m liking the clumpy look of the top coat.

I let it dry, but really wasn’t sure this was actually “crackling” as I imagined it would. But, once it was dry I took a sanding block to it and now I think it’s pretty cool! It’s going to look great on my font wall (you’ll hear about this soon, I promise!).
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The directions for the crackle medium can be found here:
http://elmers.com/diy/project/crackle-finish

Try it!

 

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