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« on: November 10, 2007 07:19:27 AM »

Hey you all! I haven't been on here in forever.  Been super busy Undecided I wasn't sure if this would be better under the paper craft section or the holiday section?I guess it could sort of fit under both? BUT it is about Christmas ornaments. sooo...
anywho...on with the question...
I've been working on making Christmas ornaments for our tree this year.They're going to be glittery origami cranes,I'm also thinking about giving some to family on Christmas, so I'd like to make these look nice.  I want the cranes to be really glossy looking,almost glass like..(is that even possible?ha ha) I also want them to last so I'd like to somehow make them somewhat waterproof and stiffer so they don't bend and rip as easily.I've been experimenting with diffrent products such as mod podge....but the mod podge seems to get tacky and sticky? I've also used a spray-can gloss enamel...but then they always seem to smell like spray paint even after a month ? and I was worried that it might make them flammable, and since they're going to be hung on a Christmas tree I didn't think that would be such a good idea. ha ha.  I'm sort of poor and I do more sewing than paper crafts so I really have no idea what i'm doing, any good pointers as to what products to coat these with would be lovely!Thanks alot you all!   Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2007 08:57:59 AM »

could you lightly interface some fabulous fabric and then fold it into your cranes?
Or if both sides of it will show then perhaps you could use some wonder under and fuse two pieces together and then fold.
If I am picturing it properly then you could then lay them out and press lightly to hold their shape. Then open them up slightly to hang on the tree.
Hope this helps a bit to get you started. I can picture a beautiful tree of cranes now!

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2007 06:08:03 PM »

I know my mother has used spray starch (craft store stuff) to make really stiff ghosts out of cheesecloth.
You could make them stiff like that and then spray them with shellac or varnish?

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2007 07:57:46 PM »

Here's a thread that gave me a few ideas...
Hope that helps!  It's what I pictured when I first read your post, (Just, yours are bigger in my mind...)
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2007 01:48:18 PM »

Thanks for all of your replies and thanks for the link! it did help, but now I have another question.  Cheesy What exactly do they mean by acrylic varnish? Do they mean like the glossy acrylic paint? or is there some sort of diffrent stuff? haha (sorry for dumb question Embarrassed )
I've also been brainstorming a bit in my free time and i'm thinking
maybe a way to get them to keep there shape is I can fill the little hole at the bottom of the cranes with glue and let it dry till it's hard, and then varnish the outside of the cranes with acrylic varnish or something.? would something else work better than elmers glue to fill the little hole (the middle body of the crane)?

The cranes are actually pretty small..1 1/2" -2 "
were going to have a mini tree this year so I thought it would be cute to have mini cranes too . haha
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