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DIY Weekend Project : Silver Fish-scale Wall Art

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ahhh, finally, i can say this. Finally i made my own fish scale wall art that i've seen long time ago from Pinterest. If you have Pinterest, you can search one. And sorry for missing the past 2 weeks. My personal life seems ups and down, but now i'm ready to take it back. 
Well, here i am not gonna tell any story of my personal life, it wasn't that interesting. 
So, after 2 weeks without any project, here i am giving you one. But, i should warn you, this one would take your time a lot. Start from the preparation, doing it and until it's done. But don't worry, like every other project i told you, you would be have so much fun just by doing it. 

This material you would needed : 
- Art card (karton), a lot of them. I used like 7 art card
- You would need scissors, unless you have circle cutter 
- A cup of glass (for measuring the circle) 
- Glue gun or stapler gun
- Cutter
- Ruler & 
- Spray paint (any color you want, i used silver)
- Frame list 
- Ply wood (triplek) size 90cm x 130cm (you can have your own size)

How to make this : 
Remember when i said this would take your time? I meant it.
- I put a cup above the art card to get the right circle. As you can see from the picture below.. I draw the circles to different color of art card, because i ran out the same color. Don't worry, the spray paint will cover it perfectly. Now do the circle-ing and cut it. I use the manual cutting one by one with scissors, that was why i end up did it for whole night. It was more than 200ish circles. Tired? Don't ask! :p 

- Next step would be applied the circle to the ply wood. Before that, make sure you make lines and get it straight. Make it every line around half size of your circle. 
You can start it from the bottom of the ply wood, like i did to mine. 
My circle size was 4 inch each. So for the 1st line, i made 4 inch from the most bottom, then 2 inch for the next line (above) and add another 2 inch for the next line, until all get done. 
(you can take a look the picture below for the reference)

- I use the stapler gun to make the art card right in their place. But you can use glue gun as well. Make sure to put the 2nd line only half circle... after few lines, you can see the fish-scales. Don't get too excited, you still have a lot of work to be done.
- If you use stapler gun like me, make sure to check the back side of the wood. Usually if you use the thicker ply wood, the excess stapler wont come out. 
But if it does, hit with the hammer so it wont hurt anyone. 
- Next step would be cutting the extra circle that come out of the wood, like the picture below. Just cut it with cutter. Easy!

- Then we reach to the fun part of all this. Spraying time! Yeayyy! Go outside, and bring the plywood. Don't forget to put some old newspaper below and around your ply wood, so your mom wont scold you because you left stain in your floor. 
- Spray it from far, don't get too close. It will leave drops of the paint on your card.. Apply it few layers, for the perfect result.
- Spray the frame borders as well, if you want too. Leave it till all perfectly dry. 

- Last thing, hang it on your wall or do whatever you want with it. 
Another last point, don't forget to enjoy every step of making it. That would be the most important! For the result, i would say i loved it, and still do until now. This is the biggest wall art piece that i ever made it. I used it as a background of my pillow case decoration photo-shoot and end up love it even more (you can find the collection in our instagram Enlou_ or our twitter @enchantedlounge). So, what are you waiting for? Start gather all the material you need, and making one. Cheaper way to get such amazing art piece. Okay not cheaper, but i would say, affordable enough, even for you a student... 
Have a great weekend, guys!
XOXO, Skylar @enchantedlounge

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