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A "tip" - an idea you might want to consider

#1 2012-10-19 22:12:41

kokopellime
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A "tip" - an idea you might want to consider

We often hear that working with paper clay pulp is somewhat like frosting a cake.  That lead me to the idea of using pastry 'tips' and bags to create rosettes, swirls, stripes etc so typical in cake decorating but in this case PM.  These in turn can be used in your other projects as decorative elements or dry, paint and place them in a bowl as curios or perhaps jewelry

Tips can be purchased at your local supermarket, a five & dime store (some of you are saying, "what's that" - I'm showing my age ;-), a kitchen gadget store or on-line.  You can use a freezer zip lock bag (they're stronger than the standard), clipping off a bottom corner, inserting the desired tip, then your pulp, and you're ready to squeeze.  In this way you don't mess up a pastry bag that you would use on your next birthday cake or need to buy one at all.  You can clean the bag like all of your tools, in water, and then re-use.

Irv

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#2 2012-10-21 04:19:28

CatPerson
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Re: A "tip" - an idea you might want to consider

Use the larger tips, as the small ones clog too easily.  Or the large ones that are used for forming cookies.  Paper pulp does form clumps, no matter what you do.  And try a lightweight paper, like bathroom tissue.

But you can use the smaller ones for non-paper material, like putty and other fillers from the hardware store.  Just be aware of how fast the material sets up.  Useful for decorations on formed PM.

Sue

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#3 2012-10-21 04:23:18

CatPerson
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Re: A "tip" - an idea you might want to consider

Another way to make surface decorations that you can glue onto your project is to use candy molds.  Press paper pulp into the forms, then pop out to let dry.  Then just glue them onto the project.  If the project is curved, try to curve the damp decorative forms to match the curve of the surface you're applying them to.  If the match isn't good enough, fill in the gaps with a putty from the hardware store, like Spackle, let dry, then file smooth with an emery board.

Sue

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