Saturday, February 5, 2011

Chinese New Year Lantern

Chinese Bauble

Techniques: Cut and Paste, Basic Crafting

3" styrofoam ball
red and black joss paper, or similar
Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish
red fringe
pva glue
black gimp braid
15cm red cord

kitchen sponge
hot glue gun

Cut the joss paper into 1/2" squares. Brush a small amount of Liquitex onto the styrofoam ball, place on a square of joss paper, brush over with paintbrush to smooth down. Repeat this over half the ball, overlapping squares randomly. Allow to dry for several hours and finish the remainder of the ball in the same manner. Once thoroughly dry give a finishing coat of Liquitex.

Take a 15 - 20cm piece of black gimp cord, place a dab of glue at one end and place the cut edges of the red cord in place so that it forms a loop (this is your hanger). Wrap the piece of braid tightly around the cord to form a roll. Secure the end with a dab of glue to prevent fraying and glue into place on the top of the ball.

Lay a 15cm - 20cm piece of red fringing flat on your workbench. Run a thin line of glue along the top edge and roll up tightly. Wrap a small piece of black gimp braid around the top edge of the fringe and glue to the bottom off the ball, being careful to make sure it is not offset to the top, but in line so that it hangs properly.

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