October 7, 2014 by twinoaksstudio
Happy fall everyone!
I’ve painted dressers, chairs, tables, picture frames, bare wood, silver platters – all with wonderful results. When a friend asked me to paint a 48″ wide antique sawmill blade, I thought, Why not?
Then I took a look at it – it looks really menacing! Like it might bite your finger off. Yikes!
In reality, it was a very forgiving surface to paint. Just don’t get your loose clothing caught in those teeth 🙂
For this project, I used my Silhouette Cameo and Annie Sloan chalk paint in “Arles”. Using the Cameo, I cut many sections of Contact paper to use as a stencil. I used chalk and a level and a yard stick to measure, measure then measure some more. Both sides of the blade were painted and I wanted them to be as identical as possible.
Getting the contact paper to sit perfectly on the blade was not easy. I used chalk to make an arch to align the bottom of the larger letters to. After the bottom of the letters were aligned, I worked my way up the letters smoothing out the paper.
I needed to peel off the Contact paper a couple of times to get it positioned right. When working with an arch like this, you want to make sure the last letter of one word and the first letter of the next word are in alignment or the arch will look off. After everything was positioned, I painted one good coat, being careful of the edges so I didn’t have paint of bleed under the stencil, then I removed the paper. I painted a couple more layers of paint on top of that.
After I was done, I repeated the process on the back side of the blade. The blade will be used as a road-side sign for an old farm in the Frederick area of Maryland. It will be top coated with a product used on statues to prevent the blade from rusting. I will post a photo of the sawblade after it gets installed on the farm.
Thanks for stopping by!
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