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MeganBarbour
« on: June 04, 2009 06:45:27 AM »

This is my first Craftster challenge, and I've had a great time participating! My project is a container that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as: A stand alone decorative object, storage container, vase, coin jar, or candle holder!





I made it so a standard jar (such as a spaghetti sauce jar shown above) could fit easily inside. This way it can be used for real or fake flowers. It also helps if using the container as a storage device for some objects, like coins or pens, that might damage it.





Used as a vase..





Used with lights (or candles)..





I made the top thick enough so that it could be used upside down as well. The  bottom is a solid coil, so when turned upside down it has an enclosed top - giving it a more decorative sculpture look than the open top.



Close up of the bottom.



Close up of the side coils.



Close up of the side base.


My Process:
I cut up about a million strips of magazine paper (about 2 1/2 inches) then folded into a strip about 1/2 inch wide. Then I coiled that strip around the tip of my finger and glued that down to make a small cylinder. Then I just wrapped more strips around and around until that made a large circle to make the bottom (see the bottom close up picture). Next I kept gluing the strips but raising them 1/4 inch high and higher to make the sides. I then made all the small coils in the center using the same process I did to make the bottom but made the strips about 1/4 of an inch rather than 1/2 an inch. I glued those coils to the base one at a time. To make the top I used the same process I did for the bottom except that I removed the center of the circle to have it be an open top. Finally I glued the top on to the coils in the center and covered the entire piece in about 3-4 coats of Mod Podge!


Thank you for checking out my little creation!! Smiley
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Angelicus
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009 09:48:14 AM »

Wow...I love this...I think it looks especially pretty as a candle holder. I can't quite work out how you made the circles though? Did you cut out circle shapes and then stick them together?
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009 10:16:45 AM »

Thanks so much! Sorry, I should have written more about my process.

I cut up about a million strips of magazine paper (about 2 1/2 inches) then folded into a strip about 1/2 inch wide. Then I coiled that strip around the tip of my finger and glued that down to make a small cylinder. Then I just wrapped more strips around and around until that made a large circle to make the bottom (see the bottom close up picture). Next I kept gluing the strips but raising them 1/4 inch high and higher to make the sides. I then made all the small coils in the center using the same process I did to make the bottom but made the strips about 1/4 of an inch rather than 1/2 an inch. I glued those coils to the base one at a time. To make the top I used the same process I did for the bottom except that I removed the center of the circle to have it be an open top. Finally I glued the top on to the coils in the center and covered the entire piece in about 3-4 coats of Mod Podge!

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009 11:01:30 AM »

very unique and pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009 11:52:15 AM »

All that folding must have taken forever. Wow!
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2009 02:35:44 PM »

I especially love it as a light holder, but wouldn't candles set it on fire?
Very pretty, though; I love the side swirls.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2009 04:24:56 PM »

Thanks! If you put a candle in alone it probably would - I was thinking one of the longer candles that sit inside a glass jar Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2009 04:43:25 PM »

This is amazing! I'm soooo doing this!
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2009 10:20:44 AM »

wow this is so cool! well done indeed *double thumbs up*  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2009 05:51:02 PM »

this is cool, I thinks I'll consider recycling your idea, too!
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