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on: July 26, 2009 04:33:56 PM 
Started by sewidarity, Message by sewidarity
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The treatments that cured my cancer left me with a bit of a limp, so I use a cane outside to avoid tripping over my feet. Is this any reason why I should lug around a soulless stainless steel accessory with me for at least a mile a day? NO, it is not! Now I have this instead.

Muchas gracias, Rainee and other craftsters who answered my bulletproof decoupage question! Now I am ready to go flirt with the menfolk.

Here is my cane and my test object:

Here are multiple loving closeups demonstrating my love of orangey-redness:


My test object was a pie cover I got at the thrift store (now I need to get invited to picnics, and bring pie!). My materials were some great papers, some off-brand mod podge (under the paper), and two layers of brush-on Varathane Diamond Finish (over the paper). The test object made it clear that pieces of paper need to be cut, not torn, or the stray fibers will stick out in the air like little strands of Varathane-stiffened, dust-attracting coral.

I also put some rubber bands on the boring grey cane handle, but as the ones at the ends keep popping off, I will probably replace them with rubber bands over bicycle handlebar wrap.

There's just one problem I fell in love with the paper I started with, and love made me stupid.  I rashly used only two thin layers of Varathane on it, which is probably not enough to protect it from mud splashes. (On my test object, the third layer of Varathane made the paper darker than I wanted).

Should I put another layer on? Can I even do this without sanding it, which didnt work well at all on my test object? Is there some super-durable, super-clear tape I can wrap it with for mudproofing? Or should I just live in the moment and make another one when this one gets icky?

Thanks for looking!
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