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« on: February 26, 2009 05:39:17 PM »

Ok, so I put these in the paper crafts section, but because they are not "technically"  a paper craft, even though they are journals, I thought I'd put them here in the hope of getting some kind of feedback on how to improve them.

The first one is scrollsawn, and then backed with black felt.

The second one is a problem I have been having with attaching feathers to a wood surface.  I actually sewed this with sinew, after I had ruined the first one by trying to glue it.

Criticisms and comments welcome.


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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009 02:27:02 PM »

Wow. I like them muchly! *grins*

For the feather...what about spray adhesive?

I used to know a guy that paints feathers, and he's spray them with something (non-adhesive) before hand to stiffen them up a bit. Wish I knew more about it.

Still, looks great!
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2009 05:50:31 AM »

The scrollcutting on the first one is fabulous - I adore the tragi/comi motif, and am always on the lookout for things with it on.

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2009 05:38:23 PM »

For on top of the feather:

Perhaps Verithane brand Polyurethane? I used it once to shellack a giant American Flag that I made out of colored tortilla chips. Spray gloss was not sticking to them well, they just got greasy because of the oil in them, so I went with something thicker. Polyurethane is great because it's thick, will glue or coat down anything (I had a sculpture covered in glitter that kept falling off... so I painted it with the stuff and it helped immensely). Think of it as a really thick gloss or varnish. The brand I mentioned dries crystal clear and can be found at any hardware store, near the paint and wood stains. You wouldn't need to glue the feather down first, just hold it where you want it in posistion and brush on a thick coat of the gloss.

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009 09:19:19 PM »

I tried using the polyurethane on the peacock feather and it looked really awful.  It seems to be holding up with the stitching, but I'm going to glue the inside front page to the cover and see if it will make it more stable.

I'm going to try the varnish thing with the parrot feathers.  I think that might work.  Glue didn't.

I'm still working on the comedy/tragedy one.  I'm def not happy with the results so far.

Thanks for the comments.  I'm going to get this right. 

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