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Old 02-24-2011, 08:02 PM
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I had possted a reply to "jaciqlznok" about things to do with denim.
I thought that maybe others might be interested in this technique also so I am posting it with "how to".

First, do not use the stretch type denim, for some reason the results are not good.

The items when dry are so very light weight that you will be most surprised.

With the finished items glue a pin on back so you can wear it or add a loop on the top and add a ribbon to hand, or glue a strip of magnet on back for a refridgerator decoation. Glue one on a piece of card stock and make your own special occassion card. Lots of cute cookie cuttes available for Easter!

If you don't have any denim and your hubby refusses to surrender his....take some of your junk mail, and do the same thing.

Picture #1 Chop denim in small pieces.
#2 place in a blender about one half () cup full and add about 3 cups water. The denim will absorb the water.
#3 after blending for about 30 seconds or so, depending on the speed setting you use the denim will look like yuck.
#4 press this 'yuck' stuff into a cookie cutter. When putting it into the cookie cutter it will be watery so be sure to have a plate or something to catch the drippings. Press into the cutter form to remove as much water as possible. It will be very heavy at this point because of the water.
#5 air dry on a wire rack. It may take a few days. Using a paper towel will cause a little longer drying time. Temperature in your house will contribute also. If you set you over to a low heat do that also, just watch it.
#6 dried. Once dried the items will be so lightweight and the color will be lighter. Use clear lacquar spray if desired, it will help preserve it and will also darken the color some what.

cut up denim
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put into blender
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looks like yuck
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press into cookie cutter
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dry
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dried
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:11 PM
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This is so neat and simple. Thanks for shareing.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:27 PM
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Thanks! I'm definitely trying this. I have a lot of cutters and never make cookies anymore.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:50 PM
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I've done some of this kind of stuff with paper. I would use those clay molds. Never thought of using paper. Did you add any starch or anything to them???
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
I've done some of this kind of stuff with paper. I would use those clay molds. Never thought of using paper. Did you add any starch or anything to them???
They dry firm no need to add startch. Just the water and denim or paper. You could add some glitter into it then blend, that might be interesting.
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Really cute project, loks like something the grand children could do over the summer.
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Amazing!
Thanks for sharing.
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Cute idea. - Cynthia
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Cool. Thanks for the tute.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:51 PM
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How cool is that. I have done paper with GD, but never thought of fabric. I used to have some lead pencils that were made of recycled denim. This I am going to try.!!
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