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One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure.

One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure.

This blog entry was inspired by the Paperartsy liquid sculpting medium challenge...

We crafters loathe throwing ANYTHING away. We faithfully cling to egg boxes, scraps of fabric, odd buttons, and any other item of rubbish that could potentially be used in a craft project at some point in the next 20 years, after we have gotten around to completing all of the other unfinished projects.

The Powertex UK team hold our hands up and plead guilty to the charge of HOARDING. We would like to be able to help all of our fellow Craft Hoarders to simplify their lives and tidy their craft rooms… We really would like to be able to tell you that we have taken the lead and began a mammoth spring clean in our workshop. However, the thought of ‘going minimal’ made us all go a bit queasy, and we realised that there isn’t a skip in the world big enough to accommodate all of our junk. Therefore, we have decided to embrace our desire to hoard, and show you how we have transformed lots of our tat into unique creations with Powertex products. Remember… with Powertex, the only limit is your imagination.

For instance, we had the following items lying around:

  • A wooden foot off an old sofa

  • A chewed up Styrofoam ball (the dogs got hold of it and thought it was their new toy)

  • Galvanised wire from armoured cable   

Within an hour, this pile of rubbish was transformed into a quirky ornament. Here’s how we did it…

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We cut some of the wire into two long pieces of equal length (to make the legs of our chicken). We then used masking tape to secure them to the sofa foot at one end, and the Styrofoam ball at the other end. We used the rest of the wire to create the shapes for the tail, neck and comb. Once these pieces were attached to the Styrofoam ball, we used tinfoil to pad them out a bit and then covered them in masking tape. Kitchen roll was used to create texture, but you could use any natural fabric. We simply painted yellow Powertex fabric hardener onto the ball (now the body of our chicken), then pushed strips of kitchen roll over it and applied more yellow Powertex on top so that all the white bits were covered. We sped up the drying process with a hairdryer (we’re very impatient), and they dry brushed with red and white Powercolor.

If you would like to put a smile on one of your friends’ faces by making them an upcycled gift with Powertex, feel free to contact a Powertex Tutor near you, who will be happy to help.