Friday, July 11, 2008

does anyone know how ...

... to make paper more durable/solid?

I have been working on a few ideas for the Think Pink Charm Exchange, but nothing is hitting the mark ... I really, really want to figure out how to make paper cranes that are sturdy ... they'd be perfect for the project (remember the Sadako Sasaki story?) - appropriate, don't you think?

I have these wonderful pink papers that would be perfect to use, some super fine glitter and pink Swarovsky bicone crystals that I could suspend from the center for an extra little sparkle ... I can totally see them and really think they could be terrific ... if anyone has any suggestions, I would be most grateful.

10 comments:

inventivesoul said...

Well, maybe you can coat the papers front and back with Matte medium by Golden? Then fold?
I can try it this weekend for you if you want.
Or how about painting the finished cranes with a water resistant glaze of some kind?

Amber

Oliver Rain said...

I have a pattern for how to fold them. I can scan it for you. Lizzie and I made them just recently. Water resistant glaze would be a good idea for making them more sturdy.

Donna Patrice said...

I fused paper to fabric with 50-50 glue/water mix and was able to fold the paper/fabric stuff into a box. It was a bit stiff, but it folded fairly easily. I have no idea if this would work for delicate origami cranes. They sound beautiful with the crystal - I can picture them hanging in a window!

3rdEyeMuse said...

I love that you all had ideas to share ... thank you very much.

I bought some Petal Porcelain Setting Agent today ... I have no idea if I can use it on paper, but plan on doing some experimenting tonight ... I also have both Matt and High Gloss varnish that I use to seal paintings and thought maybe I could varnish them first and then try dipping them.

I can honestly say that I am feeling hopeful. :)

terra said...

You are so incredibly sweet! Thank you so much! I love it! It will go on my art wall and I will frame it! Thank you Thank you!

Marilyn Radzat said...

Yes! I have discovered a great product called Paverpol.
I am creating a piece right now using handwritten journal notes from the
1880's that I found on my trip to France ( oh, but that's another story....)
Anyway, Paverpol looks like thick white glue, but when dry, it is so permanent that they say it can go outdoors. They have a transparent paverpol, which is what I use.
Google them and you can find more information. I think it will be perfect for your project.

Marilyn Radzat said...

Thank you so much for spending time at my blog.
If you have any questions on paverpol, please don't hesitate to email me. I've used it on all the papers on my piece...and then I added a crackle glaze and then a slight wash of antiquing and I really like the way it came out. Of course, you could certainly only use the paverpol by it's self. I just get carried away!
So nice to meet you!

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

yes yes, medium or glue.. Although glue could change color... Can;t wait to see how it works out ;)

dkuroiwa said...

I'm sorry that I am always a little late "for the party"....one of my students is an "origami queen"...she makes some of the THE most incredible teeny tiny things...let me ask her!!
How big are you wanting to make them? I know that she has some pretty sturdy paper, but for bigger projects. Class is on Friday so I'll ask her then!!! I do know that for the 'rose' pins she made, she just painted them with clear fingernail polish...but...that was more just for protection from rain...not for sturdiness...hmmm...
I'll get back with you!!!
debbie

mermaid musings said...

am learning here, thank you!!!