Once upon a time there was the tiniest tea set ever…..like….for real!
Ok but first…..Hello, my name is Tracey and I love to paint tea sets.
This is my very first itty bitty tea set. That is a standard size cake plate…..which means this entire tea set could sit ON TOP of a regular 8″ round cake! How cute is that?
I have no idea how old it is or what it is made of….I just know I found it on Marketplace and had to have it. It was dirty and drab and dying to be loved!
I also wanted to use it to “debunk” a rumor that the new Dixie Belle Transfers do not work well over the new Silk all-in-one paint. I wanted to intentionally use the transfers and Silk paint together on a surface other than wood. I did….and guess what….the theory is DEBUNKED!
This was my process:
I cleaned the set with White LIghtning, rinsed it well, and let it dry.
I applied Slick Stick per instructions (one coat/leave overnight/second coat/let dry/paint).
I chose SILK White Cap (soft white) and SILK Conch (dusty rose) as my two colors for the body of the set and applied them artistically in a blended style. I painted the first coat and let it dry for two hours and returned to apply the second coat. I allowed the pieces to dry overnight.
I decided to do the tiniest of tiny checks that I’ve ever done on any project first….just to get the hard part out of the way. I used a pencil to draw my pattern and a tiny liner brush to paint the squares. You can see here how tiny this lid is in my hand! It makes me smile just thinking about how satisfying this was…..call me weird!
I use Gemstone Mousse in Gold for my tea sets. I infuse the mousse with a small amount of Gloss Top Coat to speed the cure time. I applied this mixture to all legs, handles, spout, and finials. This dries to touch within 30 minutes.
I then chose my layout for the new Alice design transfer. The tea set is SO TINY….that I literally had to cut some of the tiny pieces from larger pieces of the transfer. That was challenging but fun! I began to apply and layer the transfers as I always have over the Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint (which is what I have used on all other tea sets – like this one here). There was no difference at all in the way the transfer released from the paper or the way the paint received the transfer. I used both the included rubbing stick as well as my finger to rub and release the transfers. The edges laid down smoothly and there was no lifting of paint. The Dixie Belle transfers over SILK paint performed beautifully!
Silk Paint and Gemstone Mousse do not require a topcoat to seal and protect. However…..the transfers do. So I applied Top Coat in Satin over the entire set…..two thin coats…..to set and protect the transfers. Both the Silk and the Mousse accept the Top Coat really well. It left a beautiful sheen over the entire set.
It is my hope that this set finds the perfect home…..and possibly the most beautiful cake to perch on top of! Wouldn’t that be cute for a tea party?
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