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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Roller Derby Crafting on: August 31, 2009 10:13:40 AM
How about a key chain? Bracelet?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting Styrofoam? on: August 31, 2009 10:12:13 AM
It's aerosol spray paints or other paints with a chemical base that will usually dissolve styrofoam. Stick with a water based acrylic and you should be fine. It is always recommended before starting any project to find a small area on your piece (preferably the bottom) to test your paint or product before moving on.

Apple Barrel paints by Plaid are recommended for styrofoam and so is Krylon's H20 Latex.



3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bulletproof decoupage coating? on: July 27, 2009 12:40:06 PM
WOW!! Your cane is awesome! You will be the envy of cane users everywhere.    Grin

I am so glad you did a test piece first. I can never tell people enough how important that can be. It was the right thing to do too because it sounds like you learned a lot about the paper and finish you were using while doing the test piece. 

So what's your next project?    Wink
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bulletproof decoupage coating? on: June 22, 2009 07:31:33 AM
Be sure to post a pic of your wonderful cane when it's done!    Grin
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bulletproof decoupage coating? on: June 19, 2009 08:38:51 AM
I use 2 products when needing outdoor protection from both the weather and UV rays to prevent fading...

RUSTOLEUM outdoor Varathane Diamond Finishes with UV protection and KRYLON outdoor UV protection spray. I prefer the RUSTOLEUM for items really exposed to the elements out in the yard. The KRYLON I use for items hanging under eaves, on covered porches, etc.

The Diamond Finish line from RUSTOLEUM is the non-yellowing water-based one that you want and it is available in both a spray and brush-on application. If you are looking to protect the cane from nicks and chipping I would go with the RUSTOLEUM product and use the brush-on finish. It was developed for furniture so it can really take a beating but it can be applied to many surfaces.


And as you mentioned you will definitely want to sand the cane before you decoupage it.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Ink, Paint...what to use on vintage luggage on: June 16, 2009 08:02:13 AM
You can use different acrylic paints to paint your luggage. If the soft-sided luggage is the fabric variety you can use fabric paint. For both the hard-sided and soft-sided luggage that is like vinyl you can use regular acrylics but you need to basecoat the painted area with a primer such as gesso first. See the following project article for more information.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Porkchop, Super Mario, HELP?!?! on: April 06, 2009 10:08:18 AM
Here are some links to some Super Mario coloring pages if you need patterns.



If making a pillow you could easily transfer the pattern and use fabric paints.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What will seal wood so that is safe to wash and eat off of? on: April 06, 2009 09:50:33 AM
Unfortunately for decorative painting there is no food safe finish. You have one of two choices....

Paint the backside and use the other side for cutting or you could paint the board then have a piece of acrylic or tempered glass cut to go over the top. That is about all you can do.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage train case smells on: March 15, 2009 09:29:35 AM
Kitty litter also works.   
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Help! Decoupage troubles! on: March 15, 2009 09:27:45 AM
Decoupage always works best when the paper is used in smaller pieces. The reason it's bubbling is because you have air bubbles that are trapped underneath the paper. Wrapping paper can be used but it takes a little more effort due to it's weight and even more effort if it has a glossy surface. You need to be VERY generous with your glue regardless of what kind you use.
I love decoupage, here are a few tips.

- If using a non-porous surface (metal, glass, etc.), prepare your surface by sanding it and wiping it clean with a cloth.

- If basecoating with paint or stain, let it dry completely before continuing.

- Apply the decoupage medium generously to both the surface and to the BACK of the print to ensure complete adhesion to the surface. After you lay the paper down on the surface and it's still wet underneath, roll over it with a brayer to flatten it and remove any existing air bubbles. An empty jar works well if you don't have a brayer. If any small bubbles remain, pop them with a straight pin and flatten with either your brayer or a wet finger.

-Lat this dry completely BEFORE you continue.

- Now start applying your topcoat letting each coat of decoupage sealer dry completely before applying the next.

*** Personally I don't care for Mod Podge. It is very temperamental to humidity changes and has a tendency to go milky and opaque. If you live in an area where there is high humidity it can also take forever and a day to dry. And it doesn't dry to the hard finish I prefer. The two products I use and like are Aleene's Instant Decoupage Finishes and Plaid's 'other' decoupage finish, Royal Coat. They both dry to a good hard acrylic finish like a varnish should.
Most decoupage projects I read about on message boards that have 'gone wrong' were done with Mod Podge.

I hope you found any of this information useful.    Grin

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