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    mmmmmm, I think i have had a great idea for earrings, I have some earrings made from paper, little rectangles, they are gorgeous, but I don't know what has been used to coat them, they are quite hard, but would snap if I tried to bend them too far, it may be something like wallpaper paste used.

    Any ideas on what this could be?

    Any suggestions on what you would use to get a similar effect?

    <p.s. I am not making earrings from paper, but some other medium and am wanting to "harden" it>

    Whoever gives me an idea that works will get a free pair of earrings!

    Edited to say - has to be cheap and not require a large investment of the monetary kind, as I don't have any of that!
    Last edited by Pebbles; 16-07-2008, 04:54 PM. Reason: Omission
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    would clear nail varnish work??

    you can pick a bottle up quite cheaply , i'm sure the poundshop stocks it
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    • #3
      mmmm, not sure, I will look into that. I am sure some sort of clear varnish is available that I could use

      keep the ideas coming
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      • #4
        yep, its probably varnish thats been used on the paper.
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        • #5
          what about some sort of shellac?
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          • #6
            I was at a craft warehouse the other day and they had some paper covered in clear embossing powder which made it solid but very light weight! The stuff they used is called Opals Franklin but I should think there are other clear embossing powders.

            The problem is I think it is just over a tenner a tub for this stuff and then you would need a heat gun (unless you could borrow one), they are about £15.

            Did look fantastic though
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            • #7
              Would modge podge do the trick ? never used it but heard a lot about it.
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              • #8
                ooh, I just googled modge podge and you can make a substitute from pva and water!

                might try it! thanks
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                • #9
                  Hi I'm looking at doing something similar with vintage sari fabrics or handpainted silk so if any of these things work for silk I'd love to know.

                  Karen
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                  • #10
                    i know my mum is a big fan of the pva and water method!
                    She uses it to harden felt for lots of projects she does, and net as well, works a treat, makes them rigid.
                    Although not to the point that theyd snap if bent!!
                    Im sure thick varnish would work too though!
                    Rudi

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LaVidalerie View Post
                      Hi I'm looking at doing something similar with vintage sari fabrics or handpainted silk so if any of these things work for silk I'd love to know.

                      Karen
                      website lavidalerie.com
                      Try doing a test swatch first to see if it works - it would be a shame to ruin such nice material.
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