As promised, the Harry Potter Party Plans are back! Today, I will share my Golden Snitch. I relied heavily on a tutorial from JaydeLinn(Megan) on DeivantArt. This was a really easy project and the hardest part was finding the right type of plastic fern leaf and waiting for things to dry.
I used 1.5 in. wooden balls, they are round with only a tiny flat spot on the bottom. I sketched my design to start and then traced that using Metallic Paint in Gold from Art-C. This comes in a little tube and is dimensional. The hardest part was not sticking my fingers in the wet paint, which I did, repeatedly. Since I couldn’t stop smudging things I took to just painting part of the ball and then letting that dry. Since I am so impatient this was the really the hardest part of the whole project.
I gave my lines two coats of paint and then let them dry overnight. Now came the gold leaf! If you can believe it I actually had this in my craft stash, it is probably been there for 20 years but hey I used some! That will teach my Hubby to stop complaining about my stash hoarding. When you use gold leaf you should use the corresponding Gold Leaf Adhesive. Since I had some of this from when I purchased the original gold leaf I started with this. I gave my snitch a good coat of adhesive, which promptly was absorbed into the unfinished wood.
Well, this wouldn’t do at all. I gave the wooden ball a coat of Glossy Modge Podge and let that sealed the wood and adhered the leaf that sort of stuck to the dimensional paint. I let this dry and then gave another coat and applied my gold leaf. This was the trick. The gold leaf stuck right on there. Now, I am not sure how this will hold up in the long run but for a party, in three months I think that it will work. I gave the ball another coat and made sure that the whole thing was leafed, leaved? Then, I let everything dry and then gave it one final coat. I think that it worked out just perfect.
Now, on to the wings. This was another challenge that I had not foreseen with this project, finding just the right fern to provide the wings. It took five stops to finally find just what I needed. I trimmed off one edge of the ferns and then trimmed down the remaining leaves into the shape I wanted. I freehanded this and just kind of went for it with these and they turned out just like I wanted. To cut the second wing I just laid the first on top and cut them so they would be roughly the same shape. Once they were trimmed and cut to size they needed to be turned gold. I used a small can of gold spray paint and gave these babies two coats. If I had to do it again I might have given them a coat of Plastic Primer first but so far the gold seems to be sticking.
Now, I had all my parts and they just needed to be assembled. I used my Dremel and a small drill bit to drill two small holes at an angle on the ball. Again, not too much measuring or preplanning on these I just drilled and then checked the depth until I had it just right. I glued my wings in place using E6000. Once again, I set my Snitch aside to dry.
While I was waiting, I was thinking about how to display my new treasure for the party. Initially, I thought that I would add a small loop screw at the top to hang it but something about that just wasn’t working for me. I came up with a snitch stand! I bought an unfinished wood candlestick, gave it a couple coats of Iridescent Bronze Acrylic Paint and “poof” I had a fancy little stand for my snitch. This way I can have it resting on a table where the kids can see and touch it.
Super fun project and it is so cute. I think that this will be a big hit at the party. I hope you are enjoying the party plans.
- 1.5 in. Wooden Ball
- Dimensional Paint or Dimensional Fabric Paint
- Gold Leaf
- Gold Leaf Adhesive/Modge Podge
- Plastic Fern
- Gold Spray Paint
- Wooden Candlestick
- Iridescent Bronze Acrylic Paint – Liquitex
- You usual craft supplies – sissors, paint brush, that sort of thing