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« 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!

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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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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2008 05:14:36 PM »

This is a riot!  I really like it.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2008 05:25:04 PM »

How Original and Creative! Cheesy
Yet a bit gore.  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2008 05:51:16 PM »

How funny is that!!
I guess if the mood suits you, you could pretend it was a middle finger!!
 Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2008 05:51:44 PM »

thank you TheMistressT, it makes me laugh every time I use it! (and I do NOT loose my memory stick anymore in my big handbag!)
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2008 05:55:16 PM »

Thank you Acara!  It looks very swell peeking out of a shirt pocket!
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2008 06:01:11 PM »

ingenious and pretty funny too.  tlh
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2008 06:03:59 PM »

 and thank you too, beadizzygrl!!!

Hmm...  You're giving me the idea of making another one, but adding the whole hand this time...  My head is spinning (figuratively, and in real life too...)

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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2008 06:07:31 PM »

 and thank you tlh!  I was laughing while I was doing it too!
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2008 06:37:38 PM »

That is fantastic... what a great idea! I love the ring... Spectacular!
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2008 06:53:47 PM »

 Thank you poyupop!  The ring was a necessity, to nicely hide where the 2 parts covering the memory stick and its cap join...
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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2008 08:14:06 PM »

I love it. I often say an evil dead woman lives inside my computer.
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« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2008 08:19:02 PM »

Thank you Seraphina_de_Sangre !  Never thought of that, but it sure does make sense!  LOL
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2008 09:43:34 PM »

Oh my goodness! That is so disgusting!!! I LOVE IT!  Grin Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2008 09:51:37 PM »

I'm so glad you love it PaperBag!!  Thank you!
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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2008 02:40:07 AM »

Ha ha ha awesome idea!!!  Looks so funny stuck out of your laptop!
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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2008 05:32:03 AM »

Thank you FruityLoops!  It does get funny looks when I use it in public!
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2008 05:32:11 AM »

ohmygosh this is so funny!  great job!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2008 05:39:24 AM »

Thank you turtlelove!  It was not that difficult to make, the worst being having to wait for the papier-mâché to dry!
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« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2008 06:08:46 AM »

Haha, now this is AWESOME! Shocked

Do you mind if I run with your idea and add my own tidbits? I have a mini USB that is asking to be a toe! Tongue

I bet it makes people think twice before just grabbing for it?

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« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2008 07:40:40 AM »

Gory+imaginative= BEAUTIFUL!  And hilarious to boot!  Great job.  I wish I'd have something like that, so I would not loose again another USB key...
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« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2008 09:54:15 AM »

Thank you courtsi!   Go for it and do your toe!!!!   And please post pics when it's finished! 
(When I started, I covered my USB key with a) many layers of plastic film, very tightly, and b) a thin layer of petroleum jelly over that, as to: a) protect the key, and b) ease the key out of the papier-mâché)
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« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2008 09:59:57 AM »

Thank you ClaireDeMontréal!
In fact, I had this idea precisely because I kept loosing my key in my knapsack!
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« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2008 10:30:54 AM »

Creepy but cool at the same time.
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« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2008 10:43:20 AM »

Thank you very much mscris!
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« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2008 10:55:08 AM »

This is SOOO awesome. I could see my friends and I rocking lady's finger memory. Everyone would think we are even more odd! It's freakin' sweet!
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« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2008 11:01:40 AM »

You're the one who's freakin' sweet, AVQueen87!  Thank you!
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« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2008 01:09:15 PM »

haha that did NOT look like a finger in the thumbnail picture.

anyway it's really clever, i like it a lot! Good Job!!
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« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2008 01:42:53 PM »

That is cool ! Creepy cool!

I bet people say to you : "show me the finger !!!" Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2008 02:27:18 PM »

Haha!  leashhh I just notice it!  Must be my dirty unconscious when I took the pic!  Thank you for loving it as a finger!   
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« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2008 02:53:33 PM »

That is cool ! Creepy cool!

I bet people say to you : "show me the finger !!!" Cheesy

Thank you AniKo56

Some said it, but always in a nice way!
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« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2008 03:29:28 PM »

thanks so cool!!!
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« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2008 04:29:26 PM »

No, thank YOU metalpunkmonster!
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« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2008 04:52:35 PM »

Awesome!!! You've inspired me Smiley I would love to steal this idea and put a "green thumb" spin on it, if you don't mind? SO many pun possibilities.
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« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2008 05:03:10 PM »

Awesome!!! You've inspired me Smiley I would love to steal this idea and put a "green thumb" spin on it, if you don't mind? SO many pun possibilities.

Thank you ethertree!  Please steal the idea!!!!!   (and post pics after!) I'm adding somewhat of a tut in my 1rst post
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What a clever and unique idea! Great thinking! Good tute too!
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« Reply #36 on: September 02, 2008 06:58:19 PM »

Thank you Riki!  I'm relieved that my tute is readable....
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« Reply #38 on: September 05, 2008 11:03:57 AM »

Thanks fatewineroses!
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« Reply #39 on: September 05, 2008 11:08:45 AM »

This is too funny! THe fake gem is the icing on the cake!

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« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2008 11:21:55 AM »

Thanks you I Sew Cute!   I finished the ring around 3 AM, and was so happy to find the ruby, amongts other things,  in my May-Be-Useful-Someday bag...
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« Reply #41 on: September 05, 2008 04:14:56 PM »

 Shocked That is so crazy, I love it!!
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« Reply #42 on: September 05, 2008 04:19:37 PM »

Thank you mlheran
(I'm planning, with the same technique, something even crazier this weekend...)
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Thank you courtsi!   Go for it and do your toe!!!!   And please post pics when it's finished! 
(When I started, I covered my USB key with a) many layers of plastic film, very tightly, and b) a thin layer of petroleum jelly over that, as to: a) protect the key, and b) ease the key out of the papier-mâché)

You're Welcome. Smiley I surely will. I just need to get my assesment done first...
Thanks for the pointers.

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« Reply #44 on: September 05, 2008 08:36:25 PM »

courtsi, I posted some kind of a tute after the pics in my very first post. But as I intend to do another memory cosy this weekend,  I'll do another tute WITH pics this time, in the Paper Crafts forum (that will take some time, as the new cosy will have to dry before...  sight...)
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« Reply #45 on: September 08, 2008 09:15:02 PM »

Oh this is so neat!  I want to make one so bad.  Great idea!
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« Reply #46 on: September 08, 2008 11:50:25 PM »

Thank you mouse1996!  Ar the end of my first post, I have somewhat of a tutorial, if it can help you
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« Reply #47 on: September 16, 2008 02:53:23 AM »

Hahaha thats totally cool! I must make something to decorate mine!
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« Reply #48 on: September 16, 2008 12:57:35 PM »

Hahaha thats totally cool! I must make something to decorate mine!

Thank you sarahiously!  Here's another one I made for my twin sister: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269141.0

When you make yours, please post pics !
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