I have blogged in the past about my love for Unicorn Spit. http://www.unicornspit.com & http://www.unicornspit.ca .One of the reasons I love it so much is the ability it gives me to create unique and easy galaxies in my art and furniture transformations. Unicorn Spit is a non-toxic and vibrant glaze and woodstain that can have so many applications. The creator of Unicorn Spit has created several Youtube tutorials and one of the first I came across was her tutorial for a galaxy design using her product. https://youtu.be/DCxCPnHC03Q. My first thought were…I want to try the product and I want to make my own galaxies! She made it look so easy on the video, and I am happy to report it is as easy as she makes it look. My granddaughter helped me with the TV tray galaxy that we made as a Christmas gift for my daughter. She and I watched Michelle’s videos several times, I base coated the table for her and let her do her magic. I then did the top coat on the piece. Unicorn Spit is non-toxic and smells like Jasmine. It does however require an oil based top coat, so that part of the process was not kid-friendly.
TV Tray Galaxy
I will briefly go through the steps we used for creating this (and all) galaxies. I usually base coat my projects with chalk or mineral paint. This is not a necessary step, as Unicorn Spit can be used as the base coat while creating the galaxy and in this case the natural woodgrain shows through the stain. For me it was just a personal preference that allowed me to start the galaxy without sanding to bare wood first. After I have base coated, I gather together the colours of Spit I want to use and a spray bottle containing water. I also needed a thin piece of plastic sheeting and I like to use an old toothbrush for splattering on the stars. I misted my base coated piece with water and then squeezed on areas of different coloured Unicorn Spit. After another light misting over the colours, I lay my piece of plastic sheeting on top. I misted the top of the plastic (so my hands could glide easily across it) and started spreading the colours out in different directions. This causes the colours to spread and soften and really makes it look like you have created a night sky. I remove the plastic sheeting and at this point, sometimes add little “nebulas” here and there (check out the Youtube video for detailed instructions). The final step (and my favourite) is using the toothbrush to splatter paint here and there to create stars. Another misting with water will make the stars soften around the edges and become very realistic looking. I topcoat this piece with Famowood two part epoxy for incredible shine and durability.
Black, White and Gold Galaxy Tables
I came across a set of tables that a neighbour was throwing out (no I am not too proud to go curb shopping) and immediately thought of a Unicorn Spit Galaxy on them. I wanted the colours to be classic, so I decided on a colour scheme of metallic gold, black and white. I base coated the tables in black, added metallic gold accents and did my galaxy tabletops in black and white. I had some gold mica powder, so I added it to a bit of water so I could flick it on with a toothbrush to make golden stars. I made some custom knobs using car metal flake paint additives and epoxied them. I used several coats of oil based high gloss polyurethane for shine on top.
Unicorn Spit Knobs
From my love of Unicorn Spit and galaxies, I have recently started a new business making and selling custom knobs. Many of my custom knobs involve little miniature galaxies on 1 1/2″ knobs. It’s a bit of a challenge to create on such a small surface, but I love making them and custom matching them to customer’s needs. I have also expanded my knob creations to include metal foil designs and car paint additives such as metal flake. I epoxy all my knobs for durability and shine…it makes the design appear to be under glass. I am selling these knobs at http://lauriebrennancreates.etsy.com . Pop on over to my site and see if there is anything that catches your fancy, or have me create something unique for you!