I saw some lovely homemade, plaster Jewellery holders recently online and I thought
‘ I’d like one of those ‘
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know, I don’t like to fork out money unnecessarily and I love to repurpose and reuse items I already have around the house.
Therefore, I made myself this handy Jewellery holder out of papier-mâché and an used Latex glove [ previously used by I had punctured it with a fingernail ]
- Tall wide-necked Jar
- Bucket or something similar in which to soak newspaper for a few days
- Rubber or Latex glove
- Sewing Needle, toothpick or skewer
- Sieve or tea strainer (optional) or you can just squeeze the excess water from the newspaper
- Clove oil (optional)
- Wood / Craft glue
Consider what gesture [ oh dear … there’s a temptation! ] that you want your hand to make. Keeping it polite, maybe one of these?
Step 1: Rip your Newspaper into strips
Step 2: Then into smaller pieces. I ripped mine into rectangles around 10mm x 20mm [ around 3/8 inch by 3/4 inch ]
Step 3: Soak your Newspaper pieces in enough water to cover for at least 24 hours. As I have been doing this project in a cool climate, I added 4 drops of Clove Oil to the water as a mildew killer.
I have read online that you can boil up the Newspaper/water mix, however the newsprint can burn onto the pot. It can also deposit toxic chemicals onto the metal, so you probably don’t want to use a cooking-grade pot. I wasn’t willing to take either chance myself
Step 4: Push your Fine Sewing Needle into the fingers of your Glove to make around 6-10 holes per finger. This is so you can squeeze out any excess water
Step 5: Support your Glove in a hanging down position by using the cuffs as a support around the neck of a tall jar
Step 6: Grab a handful of soaked Newspaper and drain it through a sieve, tea strainer or squeeze it out tightly – eliminating as much water as you can
Step 7: Roll the wet paper into a sausage shape and push into one of the fingers of the Glove
Step 8: Repeat Step 7 for each finger & thumb.
Tip: If you are going to be storing your rings on your Jewellery Hand, ensure the moulded fingers are the same size or slightly smaller as your hands
Step 9: When you get to the wrist, you will need to start broadening your project out to a wide base so that it will sit unassisted and be less top-heavy
Step 10: Remove Glove from Jar and squeeze excess water out of fingers through the pin holes you made previously. It will feel like you are milking a cow except with squirts from multiple directions [ Tip: don’t wear your good clothes when doing this ]
Step 11: Place the Glove back into the jar in the hanging position to dry for a few days in a warm place before removing glove from jar
Step 12: Over the next few days, give the glove a gentle squeeze between your thumb and pointer-finger. If your hand-in-progress feels firm to your touch, add more well-wrung-out Newspaper mash into your Glove forming your hand into the gesture you want. You will definitely need to add wood/craft glue if you are going to be bending the fingers. If you think that your mix is looking a bit lumpy, and you’re concerned about how well it will hold together, don’t be afraid to use a bit more wood/craft glue wherever you see a weakness.
Step 13: Once you are happy that the paper mix inside the glove is fully dry, start thinking about how you would like to decorate it
- Paint it. Water-based based paint will work fine if the glove is removed, however you will probably need to use a thick application of acrylic paint, which may cause problems later with your ring-sizing
- Cover it in glued coloured paper; leave it at that, or continue to
- Découpage it with pictures in colours or themes that will suit your décor
I decided to leave the glove on, paper and découpage mine. What do you think?
To instructions on decorating your jewellery holder refer my post How to Decoupage with Junkmail