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1  Re: Big Head: a papier-mâché office lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by writerforever on: October 09, 2008 04:29:27 PM
So here's the tut: 
A lamp kit:
      A socket, either with a pull chain, or keyless, and in this case:
      An on/off switch to to put on an
           Electrical cord
      A plug
      What they call a nipple, which is a threaded tube, at least 3 inches (8 cm) tall   
      A nut that fit the nipple (so strange a word for this...) or some duct tape

A small sturdy box (for the base)

Some rocks (to put inside the base)

An empty toilet paper roll

Scotch Tape

Aluminium paper

White (or pink) paper, brown paper from a bag, cardboard from a box, thinner cardboard, and tissue paper (for the "clothes")

A medium size balloon

Flour glue:  Pour some cold water in a non-metallic bowl, and sprinkle the flour on it, 2 tablespoons at the time, each time whisking after until smooth:  you want to reach the consistency of a heavy pancake batter.  Add a few drops of bleach, and mix.  Zap it all in a micro-wave, for 45 seconds at the time, until the glue bubbles a few seconds, no more:  you want glue, not a paste.  Whip it smooth and let it cool.

Bits of exposed film, or bits of cheap sunglasses
Petroleum jelly, black Gesso, acrylic paints, acrylic varnish

Blow the balloon.  Screw the socket on the nipple.  Put the light-bulb (no more than a 40 watts) in the socket (do not bother with wiring at this step).  Now, cut the TP roll for the neck;  ideally, the light-bulb will be in the lower third of the head, and the nipple should stick inside the box's top for at least an ½ inch (1.5 cm), and the pull chain, if any, should be a bit over the the top of the neck.

Close the box, mark in pencil where the cover meets the base the box.  Open the box, and on the cover, mark the exact center, then make a hole slightly smaller than the nipple, so you'll have to force it a bit to insert.  Tape the TP roll on the cover, so the hole is in the middle.  Crumple some aluminium paper to make the shoulders, tape in place.

On to the hat:  Cut the brim out of the cardboard from a box, and cut the hole in the middle to fit the balloon in (and not to small, as I did with my first hat...). 
Cut a long rectangle out thinner cardboard for the crown, tape it in place inside the brim.  This hat won't have any top, as to ventilate the heat from the light-bulb.

On to the balloon:  Grease it all with petroleum jelly, except for about an inch under the knot.  It's for the release later. 

Time for papier-mâché:  using torn bits of white (or pink) paper, dipped in the flour glue, put 4 or 5 layers of paper over the balloon, up to about an inch of the knot, and on the neck.  Do the same, but with the brown paper, on the hat, inside and out, shoulders, top of the box, and the bottom part of the box.  Take care not to go over the pencil mark, as you want the box to close later.  Let everything dry: it may take from 2 days to a week...

Pierce the balloon, and discard.  Cut down a little the opening, which will be the top of the head, so it's nice and even.  Now position the head over the neck, and mark where you'll cut another opening:  better do it smaller than larger.  Tape the head to the neck, inside and out, and then put papier-mâché, at least 3 layers, over the Scotch Tape, inside and out.  Put also some papier-mâché over the cut at the top of the head.  Put some colored tissue paper for the clothes.  Let all that dry. 
Put Gesso all over the hat, let dry.  Varnish everything, let dry. 

Make a hole at the nape for the pull chain, if necessary, and another hole in one side of the bottom of the box.

Time to wire the lamp, except for the plug, and the on/off switch, if you use one.  Thread the end of the wire through the head, and neck, then through the cover;  then insert the socket in the head, and the nipple in the hole in the box's cover.  Use either a nut, or duct tape, to secure the nipple.  Insert the wire through the hole on the side of the box.  Put the plug at the end of the wire, and a light-bulb in the socket.  Add the rocks inside the box, close it.  Put the hat on the head, and test the lamp.  With the lamp on, mark where you want the eyes and mouth.  Unplug the lamp, take off the light-bulb, pierce the eyes and mouth, glue on the eyes bits of exposed film, or bits of cheap sunglasses. Put the on/off switch on the electrical cord, if necessary.

And voilà!

Am I being over-explicative?  Or unclear?  English is not my maternal language...
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2  Big Head: a papier-mâché office lamp (tutorial in post # 5) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by writerforever on: October 02, 2008 12:26:40 PM
I needed a lamp for my home office.  So I asked myself: Can I make one in papier-mâché?  But of course! 

And with light on:

Thank you for looking.

If anyone is interested, I can post a text-only tutorial (my computer crashed last week, I lost almost nothing, except the very last pics of my making of this lamp...)
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3  Your-Laptop-Is-Smoking memory cosy in Completed Projects by writerforever on: September 16, 2008 12:52:42 PM
after I made mine (at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266642.0), my twin sister wanted something for her USB key.  So I obliged, again with WireForm and papier-mâché :

and off duty:

It turned out a bit too square for my taste, but she likes it

Thanks for looking!
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4  Clovis #2 : more a poodle! in Felting: Completed Projects by writerforever on: September 13, 2008 08:39:00 PM
I'm really amazed by the process of needle felting!  It feels like sculpture, but in a magical way!  Here' my second dog:

Thanks for looking!
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5  Flower-in-a-pot cosy for a memory stick in Completed Projects by writerforever on: September 05, 2008 12:21:34 PM
Cosy in action:

cosy when not in use:

My twin sister wanted a cosy for her memory stick, so I whipped this one quite fast:  I sewed a green ribbon around it, up to the 2/3.  I took 3 circles of tulle (sold at Dollarama), dotted it here and there with white glue, sprinkle over it some glitter, and gather the circles for the petals.  For the stamens (that are not clearly seen here Cry) I mounted some beads on very thin wire.  I had to find the perfect re-usable cap to use as the pot,  in which the cap from the USB key would fit snuggly...  (not too hard : my twin has a collection of said caps, all shapes and sizes...)

Thank you for looking

(And you know what?  Now my twin wants a cosy in the manner of this one:
so I'm ripping the flower this weekend!)
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6  amputated lady's finger with memory in CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES by writerforever on: September 01, 2008 05:08:38 PM
I'm a newbee too, and my cosy is in papier-mâché.  I used WireForm (http://sculpt.com/catalog_98/wireform/WireForm1.htm), newspapers, flour glue, Gesso, acrylic paints and varnish.  Ohh, and a very artificial ruby!

 the cosy "in action"

and just open

Thank you for looking!

Perhaps some of you would like to know how I made it?  So here is somewhat of a tut, without drawing or pics, sorry Cry

1.uncap your memory stick.  Trace, on let's say a paper towel, a larger finger (or toe, as courtsi has suggested here, or a thumb, or a bone, etc.) around your memory stick, and the base of the finger around the cap.

2.VERY IMPORTANT:  cover tightly  your memory stick and its cap with 4/5 layers of plastic film (Saran Wrap), then grease it all with petroleum jelly

3.from your two patterns, cut the WireForm twice, so you'll have 4 pieces of WireForm; wrap them, one after the other, somewhat tightly around your memory stick and its cap.  Leave them inside.

4.On to the flour glue; I'm sure all of you Crafters know what it is , but for the few who don't, here it goes.  Pour some cold water in a non-metallic bowl, and sprinkle the flour on it, 2 tablespoons at the time,  each time whisking after until smooth:  you want to reach the consistency of a heavy pancake batter.  Add a few drops of Javel water, and mix.  Zapp it all in a micro-wave, for a minute at the time, until the glue bubbles a few seconds, no more:  you want glue, not a paste.  Whip it smooth and let it cool

5.With the glue, lay thin strips of newspaper over your finger and its base (with the memory stick and its cap still inside), layer after layer after layer, until your reach the ideal thickness.

6.The worst part:  wait until both parts are completely dry, it can take  from 2 days to a week;  at night, one may hear the memory stick crying:  Release me, oh release me!  When it's all very dry, pull free the USB key and its cap, unwrap, and let them breathe.  Wait a night more for the inside of the finger to dry... sight...  When the finger's inside is dry, put your USB key inside the finger:  the key will probably will slide too deep in the finger;  so wrap the memory stick in new plastic wrap, put a ball of paper soaked in flour glue inside the finger, and push the wrapped memory stick inside, until the fit is perfect (you may have to repeat the operation);  take out the USB key, unwrap it.   And do the same for the memory stick's cap.  Let everything dry solid again,  sigh...

7.Adjust the finger to its base, and if necessary, cut, rasp, and sand.  Gesso the finger and its base inside out, as to seal the papier-mâché (otherwise it will drink your paint), and wait until that dries.  sight...

8.The best part:  paint the finger, glue a cardboard nail (I used real nail polish on it, it gives the perfect finish), let the paint dry, and varnish.   

9.Make the ring out of cardboard, or metallic chocolate wrapper, decorate with whatever bauble is lying around;  wrap tightly, and glue (here I use regular white glue) around the base of the finger, as to hide where it meets the finger.  Voilà!

(hum...  is that clear?  English is not my first language...  Feel free to ask for any clarification.  And post pics!)
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7  Re: 1rts showable needle felt project: Clovis, a small dog in Felting: Completed Projects by writerforever on: August 30, 2008 07:04:01 PM
Thank you so much, Jane Doe, you are giving me the courage to show this  (and they are movable):

quite pitiful, but now at least I know I can get better with more practice!
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8  1rts showable needle felt project: Clovis, a small dog in Felting: Completed Projects by writerforever on: August 30, 2008 02:10:40 PM
First, I want to thank very much each and everyone in this forum for educating me in a brand new craft!!!!! 
I first made 2 micro teddy bears (1 and 1/2 inch tall) out of acrylic/wool knitting yarn, but after seeing other 1rst projects, well, I became too shy to show them...   So, this is my third attempt, made of roving (much easier).  The nose, mouth and insides of the ears are in regular felt.  Clovis is movable.

Thanks for looking, (and please don't be too harsh...)
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9  Ubald, a 2nd sock monster in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by writerforever on: August 27, 2008 12:07:37 PM
I could not stop myself, and made this one.  It was made with 2 unmatched socks, white felt and glass German beads for the eyes, and a bit of the palm of an odd glove for the teeth  (his full name is: Ubald, the Monster-who-smoked-too-much-but-whom-we-love-nevertheless)
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10  Adalbert, my first sock monster in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by writerforever on: August 22, 2008 12:31:20 PM
I adore my public library, where I found yesterday this book:


and I HAD to try my hands at this!   (You all know this urge!) So here's Adalbert:

Thanks for looking!
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