After all the fun I had with my plaster roses I had just a little bit of plaster left in the tub and I decided to let it not go to waste and find another creative use for it.
This is what I came up with:
An old vintage crochet doily turned into a candle holder with some plaster. Don’t you think this looks lovely? It looks even better at night when you can see the candle light shine through all the little holes.
Want to make one too? Ok then, here is a tutorial for you. First look for a nice (old) doily, whose shape might make a nice ‘basket’. For this tutorial I choose a bit rectangular shape, because I thought it might be interesting.
This doily had been stiffened before, but I just rinsed it in some water and it was fine to use.
Mix up your plaster. Again add just enough water to give it the consistency of yoghurt rather than milk. And then soak the doily.
See, actually right after I took this picture I added a little bit more water because the plaster was a bit too thick (it is easier and cheaper to add a little water when it is too thick than adding plaster to get it to thicken up)
When it is thoroughly soaked drape it over a form. I used a bowl from my mother’s Sunday China, because I knew it would be fine. As you can see I filled up the bottom with some extra plaster, this way you will have a proper bottom in your bowl.
Here you can see that better. This doily fit right over my bowl. For the little project I showed on top, the cup was smaller than the doily so I draped it with pleats. Remember everywhere where the inside of your doily touches a surface it will be probably dry up flat (the crochet texture will not be visible). So if you want the crochet look on the inside too, use as many pleats as you can or let you doily hang loose.
Now you need a little patience. You will have to wait for the moment where the plaster is dry enough to give the doily stability, but not so dry yet that you can’t wiggle it anymore. For this project that was about an hour of drying time in my living room
Then pry it loose, again have patience. First start to loosen the edges of the doily from you form carefully. Then turn it around and wiggle with the form. You will panic here! But just be patient, have faith in me and keep fiddling with it carefully and then at the exact moment when you think you will have to ruin your project or you will have to break your precious China, magically it will come loose.
At this time you can make some tiny adjustments (open up some holes that have filled up and remove some excess drippings) and when it feels right, put your sculpture down and let it dry completely.
And then you have a bowl you can fill up with anything you like. I used some twig and feather balls, but I think green apples, Easter eggs or chocolates would look great too.
The plaster might shed a little, but a light coat of white spray paint will seal it nicely.
I think it looks like a sculpture!
And then make a few and start vignetting. Have fun!
And I would love it if you let me know if you have started to turn your old doilies into lanterns and bowls.
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