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Topic: 'La Mode' Clock - made using 1920s French Fashion Magazines  (Read 3000 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2009 02:15:58 PM »


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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2009 10:15:00 PM »

This is fantastic. I looked at your blog and love the other things you've done as well. Can I ask you two questions?
How do you avoid bubbles? Whenever I decoupage anything, I get awful bubbles no matter how careful I am.
And secondly, if you don't mind sharing this information, what did you use behind the clock (the part that is decoupaged)? At first I thought it might be a foam wreath until I saw how it is flat on the back. Or was it just a clock that had a flat surface surrounding it?

Thanks and great work!

« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2009 01:41:45 AM »

Bubbles also annoy me a lot! This paper is pretty thin so that might have helped. The best thing though is keeping the right consistency with the glue (I mix mine with a bit of water). When I first place the pieces I like to cover the surface so that it's quite slippery, then when I'm happy with the position I put lots of glue on top and smooth out loads with a brush. As it dries I keep going back over it with the brush to get rid of any bubbles... I try and push them to the edge. There is a moment when you should stop going back over though, as the paper starts to get tacky and will tear if you brush it. Also when you're putting big pieces down start with the paper vertical then place the edge closest to you and smooth it down. As you smooth make sure you pull the rest of the paper up and towards you, then little by little smooth down more paper away from you whilst still keeping he rest taught.

I hope that made sense!!

As for the clock back, this was a very boring wooden clock to begin with that I decoupaged. The back was already flat like that. On my blog there's an in progress picture where I had done the background, but  you can see that the form didn't change at all. http://myownfairhands.blogspot.com/2009/04/insert-time-related-pun-here.html

Hope that helps, if not please ask!

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