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Masquerade Pig Part 1

With the power of glitter and pink spray paint, this sad looking rusted pigasus has been converted into a super sparkly flying unicorn pig with lipstick. She is going to a masquerade party, and we must prepare her appropriately by making her the best Masquerade Pig possible.

What you will need

Finding the Masquerade pig in its Natural Habitat

Start at a lovely salvage yard, preferably in Sarasota, FL. In the yard and metal junk, search for the elusive rusted pigasus, not to be confused with the normal rusted pig. We want none of the small variety, only the biggest and best pig will do. Make sure there are no wasp nests under the pig, as that can lead to a horrible mess in the car later.

Finding the Right Pale Pink

Next, go on down to the Hobby Lobby—Or the HobLob as we call it—and pick a nice glossy light pink in Rustoleum paint. Rustoleum paint is needed in this circumstance, as the pig is rusting and the rust needs to be covered to keep from further deteriorating the pig.

Matching the Acrylic and Red Paint to the Pink

Next, walk over to acrylic paint and pick up a good dark pink and a red. The pink will be her toes and the red will be her lips. Make sure to get good quality paint to avoid having to do a million coats of one color.

Spray Painting the Masquerade Pig

Ah yes, the fun begins. Cover a small table well with a dropcloth, and put the pig on top of it in a well ventilated or outside area. Pull out the two cans of spray paint and cover the whole pig minus the inside in the paint. Do not spray too close, or you will have gross bubbling and cracking and will bring you a lot of grief.

Buffing out Mistakes

Good job, you did it anyway. Use a fine sanding block to buff the bubbles, cracks, and drips out of the surface of the pig and smooth it over with another couple of coats of spray paint. Keep buffing and spraying until the pig looks fabulous again.

Respraying the Masquerade Pig

Keep spraying the pig all over, including the legs, until the layers are smooth and all one color.

Getting the Underside of the Pig

Flip the pig up on its hind legs and tail and spray the underside carefully. A light dusting will do, a super thick coat is not needed in this case.

Painting the Wings

Using white acrylic paint, thoroughly coat the wings. This may take one to three coats to complete, as glitter provides little color and cannot be used as just itself to give the wings color.

How to Glitter the Wings

This part is fun. Mix a little fine glitter into some clear glue and apply it to a part of the wing. Then fling glitter from a glitter shaker at the wet glue so that it sticks and holds forever, both to the pig and unfortunately the floor as well.

Painting the Toenails

Using pink acrylic paint, paint the hooves. Make sure to keep your lines clean. While the hoof is still wet, sprinkle glitter all over it with reckless abandon. Make sure to get the sides well.

Sculpting the Foil Base of the Horn

Alright, so for the tin foil base of the unicorn horn, squish some foil into a sort of cone shape and squish the flat part onto the head of the pig the way you want it to go. Make sure the horn is formed to fit so it will glue much easier.

Sculpting the Masquerade Pig Horn

Cover the foil in a lot of gold clay. Make sure the horn still fits on the unipig, and add a line going down around the horn using a small paintbrush handle to create the indent. Throw the horn into the oven for about 20 minutes at 275 F. Allow it to cool for about half an hour.

Attaching the Horn to the Masquerade Pig

Put some E-6000 on the base of the horn and hold it on the head for a million years until it cures enough to hold itself. Does anyone have time for that? Of course not. Use glue dots to hold it in place while it dries and admire your handiwork. Let it dry overnight, and part two will be out this Wednesday. Happy Crafting!

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