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A few years ago I was in London shopping the markets and ran across the vintage pot lids with the cool graphics.  They were expensive so I kept my eyes open for some I could afford.  I found one little bottle.  It was my London souvenir.

So when the Iron Orchid Designs sisters unveiled the Crockery Stamp, I had to pick myself up from the floor.  These!  These were the graphics I fell in love with in London.

So last week I decided it was time to create my own version of those rare and beautiful antique pots.  I started with a trip to Goodwill and the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  I found a variety of pots in shapes and sizes that would be perfect for this project.  Here’s how to DIY vintage crock pots.

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I started off by giving the pots a clean with Fusion’s TSP to remove years of grime and fingerprint oils.  Then I wiped on a thin coat of Ultra Grip.  This will ensure the paint sticks!

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Ultra Grip needs 12 hours to dry well prior to painting so I let these sit overnight.  The next morning, I grabbed Raw Silk and Limestone to paint the pots.  Goddess Ashwaganda would have been another great choice.  The pots got two coats of paint.

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While the paint was drying, I opened my new Crockery stamp.  Did I mention that I LOOOOVVVEEE these images??  Before using a stamp for the first time, I prep the stamp by giving it a quick sand.  I use 220 grit paper.  I’ve found it easiest to pull the paper toward me across the stamp, rotating so that I sand all four directions.

I decided to use Fusion’s Black ink on my white painted pots and Staz-On ink on my already glazed, vintage jugs.  

On my first attempt to stamp, I used a Thin Mount to try to control the stamp along the curve of the pots.  That didn’t work and I ended up with blurry, smudged images.  I wiped the ink off with a baby wipe and repainted.

So on my second attempt I tried a new method.  I took a piece of painter’s tape and laid it sticky side up on the table. I put the stamp on it and when I inked the stamp, the pressure adhered the stamp to the tape.  I used the tape to adhere the stamp to the pot, freeing up both hands to gently stamp without shifting.  That worked so much better!

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The ink took an hour or so to dry.  Once it was dry, I switched to the Craquelure stamp.  It has just been retired but is just the best for adding a vintage touch.

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After the ink had dried, I wiped on a coat of Gloss Tough Coat.  I wanted the pots to have a glazed look.  A sponge is the best way to apply Tough Coat, I’ve found.

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The last step in giving the pots a vintage look was a little bit of antiquing by way of Mustard paint.  I used a wet brush to dab some paint onto the pot, then wipe and dabbed with a damp paper towel, leaving just enough yellow haze to give it a vintage look.  

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I think they turned out amazing!!  Now I finally have the collection I could never afford to buy!  Have you tried these yet?  I’d love to see your results!

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