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« on: June 04, 2009 04:38:25 PM »

Tomorrow I'm leaving to visit a friend in New Brunswick (16hr train ride from Montreal, QC...), a friend I've known for a good 7 years and have never met in person.  Needless to say I'm really excited!

She recently moved out of her parents' place so I figured a nice housewarming gift would be appropriate... and I decided that buying something would be lame... Sooo, I bought a corkboard, 3 different color fabrics, some fabric paint and plastic sheets to make stencils.  A couple days later, I have this!



I cut the corkboard out of its wood frame (after trying to pry the frame off unsuccessfully), cut it in 4, then covered each piece in fabric.  I drew and/or traced some birds and cut out my stencils, then put some birds randomly and voila!  It was really easy and fun, and the cool thing about the stencil sheets is that I just wash them and I can use them over and over.

Here's the detail of each piece.  They're meant as a set but also can be used separately depending on her corkboard needs.









The backs look like this:



Basically just some hot glued ribbon (hot glue is the heart and soul of this project), glued under and on top for extra durability.  They're really light so I'm sure they'll hold anyway.

I ironed the fabric before gluing it but some returned to their creased state... Anyone know if its safe to iron cork?

Thanks for looking!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009 04:51:06 PM »

these look Really Good!
cork is used in trivets, so i would hope that some moderate ironing is fine.
it would burn the paint before the cork, anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009 04:54:00 PM »

these look Really Good!
cork is used in trivets, so i would hope that some moderate ironing is fine.
it would burn the paint before the cork, anyway.

Thanks! Cheesy

The paint is meant to be made permanent with an iron, which I wasn't worried about as I don't think she'll be throwing these in the wash any time soon!

I'll try ironing it on low and see what happens.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009 05:54:44 PM »

yeah so i think as long as you use the correct temperature for the paint, i imagine that it will be way lower than the damage temperature for cork.
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009 08:51:54 PM »

This is great looking artwork.  I love birds and I think this is a good idea.  Nice job.
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Love it!  You did such a great job!!!
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