I pitched the idea to friends who said, I should try this.. I did have a clear picture however, communicating this was.. challenging.. haha and my sketching is well, poor. Also, as you can tell from my sketch, I'm not a designer.
I started by thinking about how I was going to start this project and remembered back to one Easter where my family made paper mache baskets, only we replaced paper with yarn. Then the veil idea started to come together on a mini scale.
This project highlights a mini- veil from my neck to the top of my head to test and to see if a larger one would work , maybe utilizing the same materials so that it can eventually look kinda like the one in my sketch.
- 2 yards of Tulle and Aleene's Stiffen Quick from PS Fabrics & Crafts in NYC
-12 inch latex Balloons from Party City
- a small plastic bowl
- 2 brown Trader Joes bags
After all of your petals are cut, you begin to pour about 2 cups of Stiffen Quick into a plastic bowl, which you will use to dip the petals into. Following, using the soaked petals, you will cover your inflated balloon. The final step in the Mache-ing project will to place the petal covered balloon onto the top of an open brown paper grocery bag so that when the starch dries, it doesn't get everywhere.
Below are videos of the next steps.
- petal cutting
- dipping the tulle petals into a small bowl of Stiffen Quick
- placing the petals onto the balloon ( Mache-ing)
- placing the covered balloon onto the paperbag
Though the Stiffen Quick solution suggests a 1 hour dry time, I waited 3 days to ensure the solution was completely dry. The next step is to pop the balloon. Surprisingly, the solution wasn't at all stuck to the balloon as it looked like it was.
The unveiling was pretty smooth, peeling off the petal layers wasn't rough but there were a few starch flakes that fell but they weren't enough to cause concern. I'm so happy that this mini-veil worked out!
My takeaway for the next time, an actual veil is that I will try to starch only the edges of the fabric so that the unveiling is a bit more smoother.
Now where am I going to find a 3 foot balloon?