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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crafts Around the Apartment on: January 25, 2007 09:29:43 AM
I've been a member of Craftster for a long time, and over the past year or two I've completed a lot of projects for stuff around the house.  I thought I would finally share some of these projects to celebrate my new digital camera.

A three panel wall hanging I made from canvas boards and tied together with twine.  Each of the three panels is were painted with things you can find around the house.  The top panel was a bottle cap for the circles and a spoon to drip paint.  The middle panel was made with a fork to scratch the paint on.  The bottom panel was made with string dipped in paint and thrown onto the canvas board.

This is a two-parter.  The painting was done with some friends in honor of my art history class last Spring on contemporary American art (a la Jackson Pollock in this case).  The lamp was made out of a Frangelico bottle with a lamp kit and shade from Lowes.  I wanted to make this lamp for so long, and I finally finished it last semester.  I even have a Buddha head made out of Sculpey and painted that I'm going to put to cover the brass lamp part.

This is one of the many record clocks I have become quite adept at making.  I really like using bottle caps instead of numbers (though it can get quite hard to find twelve different caps from my collection).  These are super cheap and awesome presents since you can get the motor from a clock at the dollar store and cheap records are easy to find.

This is a decoupage box I made from cigarette boxes from when I was in Europe this summer (Germany, Netherlands and Czech Republic).

Another box I made from playing cards that were giving out at my university fall of my freshman year.  I go to USC (the real USC--South Carolina), and it was homecoming...the theme was Cocktoberfest since we are the Gamecocks.  There's a matching Cocktoberfest clock as well.

Another Pollock painting in Gamecock colors of garnet and black.

One of many record bowls.  I raided my parents' old record collection and made these for all of my friends, since I had quite a few requests after the first set I made.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The Ultimate Decoupage Thread--A Discussion on: August 03, 2006 09:58:45 PM
So I've sporadically found myself in a decoupage craze every so often the past year, and from searching the craftster forums I've found a lot of variety in decoupage technique, and I feel many of us, myself included, are not maximizing our decoupage potential.  I was hoping for a discussion of everyone's favorite methods for decoupaging and preferred tools and techniques.

I have mainly been decoupaging various decks of playing cards to cigar boxes and clocks and books/journals with varied success.  I have been using Mod Podge with a glossy finish with paintbrushes of various sizes.  For projects I want sealed I have been using a clear acrylic sealer, also with a glossy finish, that I picked up on a whim and have not been overly impressed with all of my finished products.  My first problem is a rough finish with visible brushstrokes.  I have tried the wet sandpaper approach and with only minimal success.  Would the matte mod podge help since light reflection is the main factor in the visibility of the imperfections?  I have heard various products other people use such as a some type of gel--would someone please describe what products they have used besides mod podge and how they are used and better?

A second problem I have been having is with the sealing and waterproofing of the final product.  The clear acrylic sealer I have been using is in a spray can and the finished product still is a fairly bit tacky/sticky after spraying two coats.  What forms do the polyurethane, shellac, varnish and resins come in and what are some advantages/disadvantages do they have over an acrylic sealer (obviously cost efficiency and ease of use are appreciated!)?  I haven't water tested any of my finished products because I've so far assumed that tackiness still implies the modge podge is still part of the outermost layer (I wouldn't think an acrylic sealer finish would be sticky).

An unrelated question--has anyone tried decoupaging on a pre-stretched canvas?  I studied abroad in Germany this summer and have a lot of small paper mementos I would like to turn into a collage and want it to be something that is wall hangable and not as lightweight as something on cardboard or foamboard would be--something that looks well made and is sturdy.  Any other suggestions?  Maybe doing it on cardboard and then framing it?

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