The Napkin Ring Update.

Dum- dum- DUUUUM!  That sound’s very dramatic, doesn’t it?!  “Quick, doctor– give me the napkin ring update!  Will– will they *make* it?! Can they ((gasp)) go on to HOLD NAPKINS?!”

If you read yesterday’s “Score Of the Week!” post, you will already know that I managed to get a set of six plastic napkin rings from the church rummage sale last weekend.  Initially I was really excited to find them, as I am a big proponent of the fabric napkin, and I have no other decorative rings for my broad collection of cotton squares.  But then when I got these home and unwrapped, I was mega-bummed to discover that they weren’t black as I had earlier thought, but instead a deep blue color.  In the package they looked to be solid plastic, and in truth they are actually a dark, tinted– but clear– lucite.

My Supplies

My Supplies

Well, blue is not going to cut it.  My dining room is going to be shades of white, black, and grey, with yellow, chartreuse, and lime.  No dark blue, please.  Needless to say, I was a little bit annoyed.  Especially since I love the rectangular shape to them, it’s very sleek, but with that mid-century modern feel I adore so much.  And then I had a “Duh, Amber,” moment, because sometimes I’m a little bit slow.  I realized that the shape and composition is the part that I cannot change, and that is fortunate because that is the part I like.  Color is an easy problem.

Normally I would spray paint them (there is a good chance that I may still someday spray paint them), but that would have required that I take them aaaaaaallllll the way downstairs, and outside, and you know, into the sun and everything.  Instead I literally turned to the bin of washi tape that was sitting on the floor next to where I was.  I did not move from my chair.  I am lazy.

The Finished Napkin Rings

The Finished Napkin Rings

I wanted to use that white tape with the tightly lined-up yellow dots, but unfortunately, it was just the wee-est bit bigger than the width of my napkin rings.  It would have been fine for a one-use thing, but it would have soon attracted fuzz and cat hair and other unappetizing nasty bits to that little bit of overhang and would have been a ratty mess before long,  And I DO want this to last a little longer than a few uses.  I decided no on the cute dotty tape.

Doing a little bit of test-work on one ring, I figured out that using a more opaque tape would block enough light from passing through that it no longer looked blue, but appears mostly black.  (Which, if you are following along, is pretty much what I wanted from the beginning.)  So.

With that in mind, I decided to go with a slightly narrower but more opaque tape (the yellow dot is more of a waxy, slightly translucent deal); doing four rings in the black tape with the scripty writing, and two rings in an apple green with butterflies and various botanicals printed on it.  I know that it would seem more logical to do three of each, but it made less sense in the overall layout of a dressed-up set table.  I instead opted to do only two green, figuring those could go to each seat at the ends of my oval table.  Makes the head of the table a little more special, and all that.

This isn’t a permanent fix, but then I don’t really need one right away.  In the end, they look pretty good for what they are:  six napkin rings that I got for a grand total of fifty cents, all wrapped in pretty tape.  They will work!  My napkins can now officially get married, or whatever reason it is they need such jewelry.

Yay– I have napkin rings now!  I mean, yeah, maybe if my guests pull the napkins out and hold the rings up to the light, they’ll still note a little tinge of blue…  so if you come to dinner, don’t do that.  It’s a good way to not get invited again.

Napkin Rings In Use

Napkin Rings In Use

 


Apr 04, 2014 | Category: A Washi Whatnot, Home Journaling | Comments: none | Tags: , ,

 


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