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Topic: In-your-face cane of orangey-red glory!  (Read 1270 times)
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« on: July 26, 2009 04:33:56 PM »

The treatments that cured my cancer left me with a bit of a limp, so I use a cane outside to avoid tripping over my feet. Is this any reason why I should lug around a soulless stainless steel accessory with me for at least a mile a day? NO, it is not! Now I have this instead.

Muchas gracias, Rainee and other craftsters who answered my bulletproof decoupage question! Now I am ready to go flirt with the menfolk.

Here is my cane and my test object:


Here are multiple loving closeups demonstrating my love of orangey-redness:







 

My test object was a pie cover I got at the thrift store (now I need to get invited to picnics, and bring pie!). My materials were some great papers, some off-brand mod podge (under the paper), and two layers of brush-on Varathane Diamond Finish (over the paper). The test object made it clear that pieces of paper need to be cut, not torn, or the stray fibers will stick out in the air like little strands of Varathane-stiffened, dust-attracting coral.

I also put some rubber bands on the boring grey cane handle, but as the ones at the ends keep popping off, I will probably replace them with rubber bands over bicycle handlebar wrap.





There's just one problem I fell in love with the paper I started with, and love made me stupid.  I rashly used only two thin layers of Varathane on it, which is probably not enough to protect it from mud splashes. (On my test object, the third layer of Varathane made the paper darker than I wanted).

Should I put another layer on? Can I even do this without sanding it, which didnt work well at all on my test object? Is there some super-durable, super-clear tape I can wrap it with for mudproofing? Or should I just live in the moment and make another one when this one gets icky?

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2009 04:48:55 PM »

send it to house
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2009 05:28:46 PM »

That is the neatest cane I've ever seen. Cheesy
Beautiful job!

I don't know anything about paper crafts, so I don't really have any suggestions about what else you can do to further weather-proof it. Sorry ):

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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2009 05:31:31 PM »

Love those papers and what a great way to decorate your necessary accessory!
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2009 07:35:53 PM »

perhaps a spray sealer now that youve already sealed it twice with a varnish?

yeah House is not stylish enough to have such a wonderful piece of crafty deliciousness Wink
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2009 05:10:49 AM »

Since it's varnished, I'd just add a couple (or more, if you're bored  Tongue ) of layers of wood glue. You know, the white one. It seals and protects pretty nicely, without distorting colours or anything like that. But be sure to use actual woodworking white glue, the one for papercrafting is too diluted and just pansy. Then when it gets muddy, you can just sponge it off with cold water!
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2009 07:35:01 AM »

Love that not-so-plain cane!!  Whenever I want a weatherproof protected finish, I use Plaid brands "Folk-Art" outdoor sealer in either gloss or matte finish.  It only costs a couple of dollars for a small bottle in the Walmart craft section.  I would just paint it on without sanding and let it dry between coats (it dries fast).  Put on a few coats and it won't change the color of your pretty paper.  Hope that helps. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2009 01:11:23 PM »

orange is my favourite colour, and I have to use a knee brace or cane.... yeah, totally Wisting this, this is amazing. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2009 06:25:47 PM »

Oh, I forgot to mention, before I started I sanded the stainless steel cane lightly to scuff the surface. I was worried that maybe metal dust is bad to breathe, so I did it in the sink under running water - although the sandpaper was not designed for wet use and got a little sodden, it stayed together plenty well to do the job.

I probably should have rubbed it with rubbing alcohol or Simplegreen too, but I forgot.

After the mod podge dried I was sick of being stuck in the house, so I wrapped it all in plastic wrap and went to the National Cathedral and then to get pizza, before coming home for the Varathane. I don't think this step is necessary, but if you want to be on the safe side you might consider exposing your craft to the proximity of stained glass and/or high-quality salami.

The most time consuming part is that you're supposed to wait 4 hours between coats of Varathane, so I needed to wait until it was not rainy so I could do this outdoors and not stink up my house.
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