Okay, I need the crafting communty's help in order for me to finish my project that I have been working on. I am getting married in May, 2012 and my theme is rustic and it is going to be an outdoor wedding. I found hanging lamps in a magazine that I just fell in love with that would look AMAZING hanging in the trees for the reception. They were made of twigs and were in the shape of large balls with lights in them. I couldn't figure out how to make them with twigs, so I found the next best thing- Yarn!!
*I got balloons, "stiffy" fabric stiffener, and brown yarn. I blew up the balloon and drenched the yarn with the fabric stiffener, and applied the yarn to the balloon by wrapping it around the balloon in various directions.
*After the balloon had enough yarn on it, I let it sit and dry and after it fully dried, I popped the balloon.
I found that the yarn ball was stiff, but when I attached the christmas lights to the inside of the ball, the yarn began to sag in different sections and just didnt hold up as well as I need it to.
My Question to the craft community:
What can I use (other than fabric stiffener) to make the yarn harder and more stiff?
Here is a picture of the current condition that it is in...
You can see that the fabric stiffener is flaking and left white, translucent film over much of the yarn. It is a pain to pick all of it off and it takes forever.