60th Wedding Anniversary Decoration
Paul's parents are celebrating their Diamond (60th) wedding anniversary next month. [update: it happened!] For my gift, as I don't fly and couldn't be there in person, I made table decoration for the restaurant dinner party.
I bought styrofoam numbers and covered them with plain newsprint and matte medium.
Once dry, I applied coats of brass pearl and stainless steel acrylic paint. Coated the face of the numbers with rough cut mica flake and let dry.
Then over the course of a few hours, I hand placed a mixture of bargain jewels and vintage crystals, some rhinestones were cut off, with the settings still on, of a vintage pin Paul's mother, the bride, gave me.
The big key to making the centerpiece look worthwhile is that I would get up every half-inch of gluing progress to sprinkle a dusting of mica flake on the stones while the glue around them was still wet. This framed and blended, tinted and discolored, giving it an almost heirloom look.
Oval wooden base covered with a neatly applied half-yard of gold fabric, studded with silk flowers whose centers were embellished with more stones and pearls. Felt on the bottom.
Also made them a proper cake topper out of wooden numbers attached to a felt covered oval, finished similarly to the centerpiece with sparkle dotting the zero.
Forgot to add that I had to engineer the centerpiece to pack flat for Paul's luggage and instruct him on how to assemble on his own as I wouldn't be there.