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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.

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    This is so neat and simple. Thanks for shareing.

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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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    Thanks for the post. Our little quilt group is having a quilt show Labor Day Weekend and these would be nice little give away items.

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    What a clever idea!

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    That's a great idea. I have some old jeans & this sounds fun. Good to give as gifts to sewing friends or maybe sell at craft shows. Thanks for the tute.

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    looks like a fun thing to do. Thanks!

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    Thanks for the fun tute. This reminds me of the snowflakes my daughter made at Christmas. She put a huge amount of ground cinnamon in them, and they still smell wonderful.

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    Interesting.

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    What would happen if you pressed embellishments in them while they are still wet? I'm thinking a zipper pull, brass button, a belt loop, buttons, etc.

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    I wonder if you could use paper from your paper shredder??

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    Hey luvs....what you are doing is making paper!
    You are transforming the denim threads from woven fibers to unwoven fibers and molding them into 100% cotton paper objects.
    Yes, you can put anything into the wet fibers to embelish them.
    You might try other bits of fabric scrap to make other colors, but remember you will only get a solid color. Printed patterns will be lost as the fibers separate from each other in the blender. They might go paper bag brown or muddy
    The reason stretch denim doesn't work is because it has stretchy rubber or plastic fibers in it.
    The shapes you put in the cookie cutters will dry faster if they are thinner. You don't want to fill the molds up.
    ..also, press out as much water as you can. Put a paper towel on them, press them with a pan bottom, peel the paper towel off. You can add stuff anytime.
    After they are dry you can do anything to them you can do to paper!
    ( You might be surprised to find out that Y'all have just joined the prestigeous and ancient society of 100% rag papermakers who have been doing this for hundreds of years! - google it and see!)
    Yes, you can use paper from your shredder! There are how to-s online, but it is the same technique basically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    What would happen if you pressed embellishments in them while they are still wet? I'm thinking a zipper pull, brass button, a belt loop, buttons, etc.
    I should think that it would be really cute. Be sure to post some of the ones you do so we can see your artistic creations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snicktrain
    I wonder if you could use paper from your paper shredder??
    Yes, and it will save you time by not having to chop any paper.

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    Very cool, thank you! I sent the link to my scrapbooking friends as well, they would love to handmake their own paper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carron
    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.
    Save your dryer lint and mix it with liquid starch. I've made a bowl from it. Shape it over another bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17
    Quote Originally Posted by Carron
    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.
    Save your dryer lint and mix it with liquid starch. I've made a bowl from it. Shape it over another bowl.
    Sounds interesting....how much starch to what amount of lint?

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    Don't remember. Found in a children's project book. Use little starch and make a stiff mix. Put your bowl upside down and pat the mess on it--thin. Keep left over goo covered. After the first dries it may have holes and you can apply a second coat. You can dye it with food color. Gooey fun day with kids--or without them. I wouldn't use it to hold water.

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