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Eclectic_Paul
« on: April 20, 2019 08:44:32 PM »

Not sure where to post this.  We need some advice.
My daughter and I are making a mummy statue for my wife.  She (wife) is a teacher, and she does a mummy contest every year (when she teaches Egypt).  The idea is the mummy statue will be like a mummy version of an Oscar.  The mummy will mount on a perpetual trophy base.
So... we got one of those wood articulated mannequins, maybe 6 inches tall, from a craft store.  My daughter used cloth (cotton tee shirt) strips and glue to mummify the mannequin.  Then, VERY thin bailing wire to pose the arms crossed in front of the chest.  The bailing wire is pressed close to the mummy so it is not obvious.  The result is a very convincing mummy that is not gold.

Here comes the problem.
The plan was to spray paint it gold.  But, cotton is soft, so I am pretty sure if I just paint it as-is, it will look great until someone touches it.  Even a light touch, the cotton will give a little, and the paint will flake off.  I haven't painted it yet, but I am pretty sure that is what will happen unless I somehow harden the cloth first. 
So, is there something I could spray on the cotton to harden it and make it ready for the paint?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2019 07:33:53 AM »

If you post a photo it won't show up because you have not met the required minimum of posts here yet but a moderator can insert it into the post for you so we can see it and have a better idea of your project.

I think spray paint will stick to fabric and not flake off at all. It sure stays on your clothes if you accidentally get it on yourself!
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2019 09:40:56 AM »

Well, but it will crack, right?  I was wondering if I sprayed it with polyeurethane or maybe mod podge?
I gotta figure out the picture thing.  I only have to make 10 posts right?  Maybe I can just find 9 other threads to comment on.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2019 06:26:14 PM »

Here are some photos of what we are doing.  Do you think coating it with mod podge or spray adhesive first would be advisable?



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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2019 06:38:35 PM »

That looks cool! I was just at Michael's with my teenager looking for a Krylon spray paint he uses to customize Bionicles, it's a certain paint that sticks to plastic and will not crack or flake it bent. While there, the clerk mentioned another spray paint that she said works on everything, even fabric. I took a photo for you, I'll upload it in a few mins when I find my phone...
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2019 07:06:16 PM »

Thanks.  We got a trophy like this one, and got it engraved with "Best Mummy Rap" and the names of the 2 annual winners so far. 
Once the mummy is painted, we will cut the football off, drill a hole for the metal rod, and mount it on top. 

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2019 07:49:03 PM »



Here it is, Design Master. You might want to do a base coat of white before the gold, for maximum coverage.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2019 12:28:43 AM »

The problem with paint on fabric isn't that it will come off; just the opposite, it will soak in--and not get a smooth, shiny finish.

Sealing your lovely mummy with white glue or mod podge will help.  Plan on at least two coats.

I would use a spray paint that is formulated for plastic to go over the glue.  My favorite is Rustoleum 2X.  I've never tried their metallics, so don't know how they'll come out.
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2019 06:45:23 PM »

Thanks for all the help.  I will let you know how it comes out!
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