Dear Home Ec 101,
When I was younger (much, much, younger) we would cover bottles with tissue paper – the kind you use for wrapping packages – torn into various sizes and dipped in liquid fabric softener. When it dried, it was tough as nails, and you had an unusual-looking vase. I’d like to cover a ceramic lamp with this method, but I can’t remember if you use the fabric softener full-strength, or if you dilute it and, if so, by how much. I’m hoping you, or your readers, can help me.
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I rolled this question around in my head for a few days and as I was driving home from my recent trip, it dawned on me the reader was referring to a method of papier-mâché! I pulled over at the next exit to write this down before the answer could wander back off into the ether. I remembered making a sort-of pig shaped bank with a balloon, strips of newspaper and a blue liquid. That blue liquid wasn’t fabric softener, it was laundry starch.
As far as I can recall -and elementary school was a while ago here, too- we used full strength laundry starch.
Since I’m not exactly the world’s craftiest gal, I’d like to open this question up to the audience to see if they have any tips for your project.
So Home Eccers, is there anything she should keep in mind to make this lamp transformation a success?
Does the finish need to be coated with anything when she is through?
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