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!
the cosy "in action"
and just open
Thank you for looking!
Perhaps some of you would like to know how I made it? So here is somewhat of a tut, without drawing or pics, sorry
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!)