Just wanted to show you that even experienced crafters run into difficulties. This is both a tutorial and a step-by-step story of a craft-astrophe!
1 lb. Plaster of Paris mix
1 3/4 cup cold water
Large plastic bag
Fancy Extra-Long toothpicks (pointy bottom, flat top)
Styrofoam block (from box packaging)
Bowl - will probably need to be thrown away
Paint stirring stick
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer
Basket (with something to weigh the bottom down. Rocks or sand)
I readied my work area with a plastic liner under a couple layers of newspaper.
Replaced weak stems with long toothpicks by taking out the stems and popping the toothpicks into the flower heads.
Used a wire cutter to cut strong stems into the correct size.
Mixed my plaster. Looked a little runny. Added a bit more to make it look like pancake batter. Seemed legit. And then everything went wrong.
I thought I had 1/2 hour of dipping time. Turned out to be more like . . . 5 minutes? Then I had a nifty concrete blob. Nice.
Managed to dip some flowers. Plaster dust is everywhere. Plaster chunks are everywhere. PLASTER IS EVERYWHERE.
Stuck the stems into a spare piece of styrofoam. Waited 24 hours for them to dry.
Thought about spraying them with Mod Podge sealer. Decided against it.
Spray painted a basket. Put a block of styrofoam inside the basket. Pushed the flower stems into the styrofoam. Messy. Very Messy. More plaster pieces scattered throughout the kitchen . . .
Decided to take the flowers outside to shoot final pics. Then this happened:
Huh. They kind of look better this way!
The crux of this story:
Martha Stewart, I ain't. Not today, anyway. Kristy of 3 Peppers is, though! She has tons of tips and tricks in her Hand-Dipped Plaster Flower tutorial:
Really wish I had read her tute before I attempting this craft ...!
Have you run into any craft-astrophes lately?
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