There's a spot in the woods behind Marie's kitchen. It's a mausoleum surrounded by an old gate.
It's been there for a really long time and it creeps me out so bad. Sometimes at night, when the mysterious lights are flickering inside, it looks like there's someone in there. But it's sealed up really tight and no one can get in or out.
It has an eerie copper roof and if you stare at it long enough, you can see the faces that have formed while the weathering verdigris has set in and still continues.
The backside has even been sealed up with additional bricks.
The windows are all solid and covered with iron.
I guess it belonged to a family because there are several tomb stones within the fenced area. None of the stones are legible though.
This grave has always looked built up, like a fresh grave, but it isn't. It should have sunk in a long time ago.
There are two smaller stones on the back fence. Sometimes I go by them and say little prayers that the spirits are at rest.
Sometimes kids sneak in as a dare.
I wish I hadn't of done that. Sometimes dares are really stupid and scar you for life.
I've seen it in my dreams my entire life. I think it's the lady visiting me because I disturbed her. In my dream I am terrified and can see down inside the graves surrounding her mausoleum.
Not to scare you, but that part of the story is true. There was a cemetery in the little town I used to live in and we would race our cars through it and visit this little mausoleum. I have dreams about it all of the time. When I finally visited that little town one day, I took a trip to the cemetery to apologize to her and all of those buried there. My heart felt like it was going to pound out of my chest, I was so nervous. Then I said some prayers for their peace. So kids, don't disturb the dead because they WILL haunt your dreams!
So, how bout that copper roof! A few months ago I shared an amazing miniature french kitchen I had made with the help of the Queen of Alpha Stamps. You can see it here .... Une place dans mes reves (A place in my dreams).
Readers were asked what part of the kitchen would they like to know more about and most replied that they wanted to know more about how I made my copper pots.
Actually, it was super easy and I used the same process on my mausoleum roof.
Apply a base coat of Antique Bronze Distress Paint onto both sides of your roof and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Next, you will make the ornate part of your roof by embossing sheets of Metal Foil Tape.
I used the Stars & Swirls Embossing Folder Set.
I love using my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine for embossing, cutting, and so much more.
Again, I used the Antique Bronze Distress Paint as a base coat, and these Metal Patinas work amazingly well with just a couple of drops.
I use my plastic container lids for my messy jobs. I don't have to worry about clean up because once my mess is dry, it just peels right off.
After my metallic sheets were dried, I carefully applied them to my roof, allowing a little to hang off to curve around the edge. Since my roof is "old" I can get a bit messy with it and not worry.
I placed the second sheet on next to the edge of the first sheet. Then trimmed off the access that was still attached to the backing.
Since I had one seam, I had to make another. Simple! Using the remaining section I simply folded the sheet in half and applied it to the top of the roof so it would be even on both sides of my roof.
I use brown ink on everything and it also works well on shiny surfaces to make them more dull.
Next comes the fun part, creating my weathering verdigris roof.
I stole my daughter's makeup sponge (got busted but promised to buy some new ones) and dabbed different colors on along my roof.
I tried to consider which areas would be more apt to weather.
Distress paints are great because of the sponge applicator. Makes applying paint to edges a breeze.
Just remember to enjoy the process and play. After getting some inspiration from actual copper images (like the pic of a cremation urn that was exposed to water) I got out the embossing gun to make my copper bubble to add more depth and make it more realistic.
Photo Courtesy of David Maisel's "Library of Dust"
One side down, one side to go, and a lot of adding here and there and in between.
Below are some of the Black Plastic Cookware pieces that I used in my kitchen. I used the same paints and patinas to create my copper pots.
On the left is a pan made using Patina and on the right is one using Distress Paint. The center tray shows how both look. Depending on the item you are covering, you can add one or more coats to get the desired look. This also works well when you need to make several different items uniform.
This post is dedicated to the lady in the cemetery that I disturbed all those years ago. Rest in Peace and God Bless.