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« on: March 23, 2011 09:07:22 AM »

My boyfriend┤s mother redid her garden and ended up with huge, ugly watercontainers destroying the scenery, so she asked me to do something about that. This is what I came up with:
(made from mostly papermache, a little paint, felt leaves and some seahells)


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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011 06:34:47 AM »

Wow, I was instantly drawn to these. Did you have to coat them in a protective sealant?  I think they are beautiful, they look like a mosaic.  That is a neat idea to dress up your garden.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011 01:31:34 PM »

Wow, I was instantly drawn to these. Did you have to coat them in a protective sealant?  I think they are beautiful, they look like a mosaic.  That is a neat idea to dress up your garden.

Yes, I did. I added latex to the glue I used and put 3 extra layers of clear lacquer on top.  ( this is the method I've used for outside papermache stuff for years, it used to work perfectly) Unfortunately I only found out afterwards that german factories don't produce waterproof lacquer any more. I tried to rescue what I could in the fall, but I'm told they did not survive the winter. So I guess I'll give it another try as soon as it's warm outside again and I've imported waterproof lacquer for somewhere =)
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2011 07:42:51 PM »

Wow, I was instantly drawn to these. Did you have to coat them in a protective sealant?  I think they are beautiful, they look like a mosaic.  That is a neat idea to dress up your garden.

Yes, I did. I added latex to the glue I used and put 3 extra layers of clear lacquer on top.  ( this is the method I've used for outside papermache stuff for years, it used to work perfectly) Unfortunately I only found out afterwards that german factories don't produce waterproof lacquer any more. I tried to rescue what I could in the fall, but I'm told they did not survive the winter. So I guess I'll give it another try as soon as it's warm outside again and I've imported waterproof lacquer for somewhere =)

That is too bad that they didn't make it through the rough weather.  I guess it is bad for the environment.  I hear here in Ontario Canada that they are going to stop making and selling certain paints and varnishes aswell too.  What are we crafty people to do.   Huh
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011 04:44:39 AM »

I'd seriously advise you to stack up on water-resistant paints. I wish I had known before they stopped production. Working around the problem of not being able to use simple paint to seal your stuff creates serious issues, such as having to come up with a very complicated, and often very expensive method. Eeeks. And where is the fun in crafting, when you spend double the time it took you to make something for making it last longer than one summer?
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