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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: polka dot decorations on: October 14, 2005 11:11:02 AM
I'll often make decorative garlands for partys with yarn or string and inexpensive circle stickers (from the label section of an office supply store) You just sandwich the string between two stickers, and space the stickers every few inches. Then hang them up like streamers or use them like ribbon on a gift.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Can Picture Frame on: October 05, 2004 03:43:21 PM
Ohh. I like it! Did you fold the edges down, or otherwise do something to keep them from being sharp? I'd hate to slice my hand open every time I moved the frame.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Retro Pink Polka Dot Suitcase Revamp! on: May 18, 2004 01:34:35 PM
Wow. I love it! You certainly would be able to find your suitcase quickly at an airport baggage claim! I'm going to have to keep my eye out for an old suitcase now.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Candle from bath product container on: April 30, 2004 12:03:28 PM
Beautiful! It's been years since I have made any kind of candles, and I wasn't aware there was a specific container wax. Excellent to know, since I've wanted to make some.
I've always been a little weary of paper-covered containers like that though. I can be a generally paranoid person. How hot does it get and how should I be worried at all? Or should I get over my paranoia?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:cereal boxes on: April 27, 2004 12:13:01 PM
Ohh. What fun ideas. I certainly have enough magazines laying around needing organization. And I love the bag holder idea too. Right now, I just stuff bags into one that I have hanging off my doorknob. Not very attractive.
I should probably ask my neighbor for thier fun "childrens" ceral boxes though. A little more fun than my "adult" gronola and bran type stuff. Smiley
6  California / California: Central / Re:SCRAP--sf bay area on: April 22, 2004 12:33:13 PM
Wow. I never knew about them before. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope I can find a chance to get over there, I work th e 9-5 that they are open during the week, and usually spend weekends with my boyfriend south of here. But I think it'll certainly worth a bit of rearranging of my schedule.

I really do thank you for letting me know about it.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:wrist band frenzy! on: April 20, 2004 11:25:26 AM
Congratulations on your engagement. And happy birthday! Sounds like you had a great weekend.
And thank you for the links to the patterns. Time to dust off my crochet hooks and play with some of those patterns.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:Paper mache tree sculpture on: April 14, 2004 11:05:00 AM
Thanks everybody. It was fun to do.
If you're going to try something like this, especially as a gift, be sure to give yourself enough time. It not difficult to do at all, but it does take a lot of time.  Remember that each layer of paper mache needs to dry completely (overnight) before you can put another on. The layers of gesso, paint and varnish (did I mention I put 2 layers of a varnish on to seal it?) all need time to dry also.
I also thought that it would be fun to hang jewelry on. Maybe I'll make another one sometime.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paper mache tree sculpture on: April 09, 2004 11:36:59 AM
Well I recently finished a project for someone, and thought I'd show you the process. I made a tree sculpture of paper mache.


First, I created a form for the tree out of plain aluminum foil. I twisted the pieces together to get the shape of the tree and braches. I glued it to a piece of cardboard to create a base, and went at it with my paper mache. I use torn squares of pain brown kraft paper, and plain white glue thinned with water. I find tearing the pieces of paper, rather than cutting them, gives them a softer edge and helps with a smoother finshed surface. Just dip each piece in the thinned glue, and go for it.

Here is a shot of the aluminum frame half covered with paper mache.


And my supplies after a gluey wet layer has been put on.


Let each layer dry before you add another, I think I did 4 or 5 layers of paper mache for this project. Basically, keep adding layers until the whole thing is strong enough. I just gently squeezed a branch to see who strong it was getting.

Then I covered the whole thing with 2 layers of gesso. The gesso gives the whole thing a smooth surface, so you can't see the individual pieces of paper.
Unless, you'd rather have a sort of patchwork texture to the whole thing.
When the gesso was dry, I started to paint the whole thing brown.





Then of course, I needed to embellish it. My original idea was to attach paper flowers for a cherry blossom effect, but lets just say, it didn;t work out. So I rummaged around in my supplies, found some wire and beads, and voila!

Sorry about the socks in this picture, I don't know why they are there.


You can't really see them in the photo, but I strung some small amber beads onto white wire, then just started wrapping the whole thing with it. I started and finshed with the wire at the base of the tree.

The whole thing neede more stabilty, so I glued the whole thing, with some strong wood glue, to a 6 inch square wooden base. Then I covered the base with strips of white felt, in a woven pattern. I used a staple gun to attach, then glued a square of felt to the bottom to cover all the staples. This picture doesn;t show the detail of the woven pattern, rather the white is glowing, but here is the finshed piece.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Sassy Drawer Handles on: April 07, 2004 02:25:33 PM
Oh what fun! I have a couple of malamine cabinets, with plain white boring handles. I think a project like this would be a perfect way to spruce them up! Thanks for sharing that.
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