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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Where Do You All Host Pictures? on: December 07, 2004 11:09:10 PM
Ofoto www.ofoto.com, Shutterbug www.shutterbug.com are really good too.  Ofoto is fantastic, probably the best out there!  Webshots www.webshots.com also offers a service.

Take care
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: decoupage help? on: December 07, 2004 11:02:40 PM
You can seal the wood with a variety of products - for an inexpensive option, use Folk Art/Americana's All Purpose General Sealer, or you can use a Polyurethane spray or paint on (the mainstay of decoupage), even Modge Podge, but don't use Podge for the actual decoupaging bit - it's not a good product.  You should do several layers.  This helps to protect the wood, provide some 'tooth' for you to work on and allow you to work with water and glue without harming the tray.  You can get wonderful tips from www.durwinrice.com - he has a Project section on his web site.  He also has a Decoupage group on Yahoo - link from his page, where you get a huge amount of help - there are very experienced and talented decoupeurs on the group and new members are always helped.

Take care
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decoupage anyone? on: December 07, 2004 10:55:36 PM

Usually you can just soak it in water, but the proper decoupage technique would have been to seal the wooden box first.  What did you use to glue on the tissue paper?  If Elmers, then you can just take a paint brush and wet the surface and kind of swish your brush around - the glue will deactivate and you should be able to pull of the paper and/or sand it off - although I'll venture to say that since it's tissue, it's probably going to be easier to just sand it off.  The other way of course, is to sand the paper you have glued on, until most of it is gone and the surface is smooth.  Paint your base color on, several coats, and then sand again until smooth and then glue your new paper.

Tip - always always seal wood first, that way if you need to dunk it in water, you can, and it should be fine - but this also depends on the quality of the wood product.

There's an excellent Decoupage Group on Yahoo (to which I also belong) - really talented and helpful folk.  You can access it from www.durwinrice.com (who is a Decoupage Master), left hand side of opening page, you'll see a link to theGroup.

Take care
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