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Topic: Yes We Cane -- Glorious bulletproof walking cane decoupage! (tute)  (Read 1871 times)
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« on: January 02, 2012 12:31:47 PM »

Yes! We! Cane!

Should not tripping require a boring, stainless-steel, hospitally, soulless contraption?

No it should NOT, and with this bulletproof decoupage, my grandmas and my walking canes are fun, loud, and (figuratively) in your face!



More cane beauty shots, including closeups of the bendy parts and the orange paper rings on the red paper background:



Basic formula: fun paper glued on with Elmers, dried overnight, and sealed with half a tube of Loctite Stikn Seal Outdoor Adhesive (applied with cut up pieces of the clear plastic from the adhesive package). Easy and cheap! Might work on crutches/walkers too.

Detailed instructions if you want them:

1) Get a cane (mine was $25 online) and adjust it to suit the recipient (she or he has to try it out to see when it is the right lengthinstructions come with the cane). I wasnt completely sure on the canes pictured, so I had to leave room to expand or contract one notch, which was a pain and left a naked part on the cane. If you are sure you have the cane the right length, put a little glue under the screw-tight ring near the bottom of the cane, and screw it tight to help hold the cane the right length, and so it wont rattle. (Im not sure why this ring is necessary as the main way to make the cane the right length is the little metal bump that comes out one of the holes, but whatever).

2) Get some paper that is gorgeous, and not too thin (banana paper works, tissue might be iffy) or too too thick (the batik paper I used for the cobalt polka dot was a bit hard to glue down). The color will get a little deeper later on when you coat it, but wont change terribly much. Go for patterns that will look good on a canei.e., stripes that form rings, or small repeating patterns. You can also get rings by putting strips of one paper on top of another (as I did on the orange and red cane, using papers which each had a little visual texture).

3) Cut a strip a little wider than the circumference of the cane. (If you are going to apply stripes of a different paper, dont apply the stripes yet).

4) Using Elmers, glue the middle of your paper strip down the back of the cane (around the outer curve of the top bend in the cane).

             

5) On the bendy parts of the cane (A and B), cut the strip into a or so fringe on the sides.

6) Fold the top edge of the paper around the caneit will fall on the diagonal with two triangles of extra paper on each side. Dent where you should cut the paper with your fingernail, then cut the paper there.

7) On the top bend (A), apply Elmers to the inside of the flaps & smudge with your finger to distribute. Starting near handle, wrap flaps from alternate sides around the cane, keeping the paper hugging the cane as tightly and non-wrinkly-y as possible.

8 ) On the second bend down of the cane (B), glue some paper on the convex side of the cane so there will not be gaps when you glue the main strips paper fringe around the bend.

9) [If you had to leave room for adjustment (C), then fold the dry sides of the strips around the holes where the metal cane-length-holding bump comes out.

Indent with your finger, then cut little circles out there so that you can leave the holes clear. Then glue the paper down around the holey bit. Dont forget to leave some of the cane naked above and below the ring-that-tightens-your-cane.]

10) If you want to glue on rings of a different paper, as in the orange-and-red cane pictured, do that now.

11) After youve glued all your paper on, let dry overnight.

12) OUTSIDE, with a fan blowing gently from behind you to carry away all the fumes, and in a situation where you have good light, apply a sealing coat of Loctite Stikn Seal (Outdoor version). First, take the clear plastic that held the tube of Stikn Seal to the cardboard package; cut that up into 1 strips. Put on crafting gloves. Put glue onto the cane, a pea-sized glob at a time, and use plastic to spread over surface. Change bits of plastic when one gets too full of glue barnacles. Be sure to get a good coat or two over the outside of the top bend (A), as this is a high impact area for canes. Be sure not to miss any spots, as paper alone will not wear well. You may have to get your head fairly close to the cane sometimes to see; hence, the fan to keep the fumes from hurting your brain, liver, God-given ability to distinguish between Kardashian gossip and real news, etc.

14) Let dry overnight outdoors. If you spot a small bit you missed later, i.e. at the very bottom of the cane above the rubber tip (which is a part that gets splashed by puddles, etc.) you can patch it with Superglue.

ViolaYes! We! Cane!

P.S. Glue choice note: The Loctite looks sturdier than the Varathane I used on my earlier In-Your-Face Cane of Orangey-Red Glory http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314630.0, and Im pretty sure it left the color clearer. The Varathane got a bit dingy after a few months, and was not durable enough to be washed repeatedly.

I also tried e6000 glue one time, which was more durable than the Varathane, but also dulled/yellowed the paper color more than the Loctite, took days to dry and stop outgassing fumes, and has a slightly glutinous/tacky surface.

I want to try Duco Cement in the future, as that looks as if it might have good durability, little color distortion, and a smooth matte finishbut it comes in smaller tubes, which might mean more time dealing with fume-y things.
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012 12:48:40 PM »

These are so much more fun than the boring metal ones you usually see! They make me so happy. I love the bright colors you chose. My Dad had knee surgery recently and occasionally needs a cane. He hates having to use it but I know that with the addition of some pink flamingo decoupage, he'd proudly walk with it!
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012 12:58:01 PM »

Yes, actually I am hoping the fun factor will help encourage a certain spry-yet-nonagenarian grandma to use them more often...
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012 01:12:15 PM »

What a wonderful idea, definitely more personal than the ugly gray ones! I'll have to keep this idea in mind
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2012 02:36:42 PM »

This are awesome! I love how colorful they are!
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