last week was my first time making paper mache paste. i accidently made double the recipe, measured twice the flour then had to add enough water.
i did my first newspaper coat, turned out fine. except for the part where i had to stand up (i was doing it sitting crosslegged on the kitchen floor) and both my hands were disgusting and i couldn't get up. but that sort of thing is normal for me, i always forget to think about the ends before i start something.
there was so much left over that i felt bad about chucking it, and i'd picked a cake mixing bowl that did have a lid. so i covered it, and let it sit in the corner of the room beside the toaster.
the next day (sunday) i did the second coat. the water and flour had seperated a bit, making it all gluey and gloopy on the bottom, but i was able to re-stir it to proper consistancy.
then came the collage week from hell. two tests, both worth 40% of that course. 3 major assignments, ranging from 10-50% of the course. and i'm studying to be a teacher, so i had to do an observation, and the kids sucked me in and i ended up staying for three hours. so i got nothing crafty done at all.
sunday morning, i grab my mask and my cd player, and settle down on the floor. i open the container, and jolt away in horror, slam the lid back down. i looked at it for only a second, but i know i can't possibly use it.
i took the bowl to the sink, and take the lid off. the stench hits me, and i gag, vomit into my mouth a little. the seperated water has turned brown, and the sides of the bowl are orange with black and blue flecks. how did my white paste turn blue?
moral of the story? cut the recipe in half instead of doubling it, so you don't feel guilty about throwing it out. i couldn't even clean it myself without throwing up, i had to get my roommate.
anyone else ever save supplies that really should have been thrown out?