Nine one-of-a-kind handmade bowls, in a variety of sizes, shapes, linings and finishes have been added to ChirpHop Studio's Etsy shop. (and more to come soon). A few are made from cast paper and the rest are made of papier maché clay.
All of the bowls are made with recycled household scrap paper and some are finished with repurposed gift wrap tissue paper or foil.
They can be used as a stand-alone decorative pieces, for holding dried botanical arrangements or other small household items or as storage for home, craft or office supplies.
Check out the slide show above for a quick peek at part of the collection.
Because they're finished with acrylic paint and/or varnishes, they're water-resistant. You can wipe them with a damp cloth, but it's probably not a good idea to submerge them. The finishes aren't considered food-safe, but could certainly be an option for wrapped food.
Hop on by and give them a look. If you like what you see, feel free to favorite them, pin them or use whatever your favorite is to share them.
Well, I finally got around to trying out the last hopeful contestant that I had around the house, in the search for a clear spray finish for my papier maché bowls.
I tried out Krylon’s “Crystal Clear” finish, using the same kind of coverage as I had in the previous experiment.
The results were disappointing, to say the least. I had thought the polyurethane and Rustoleum sprays were yellow. This was slightly more yellow than the Rustoleum, and not much less so than the polyurethane.
Cast paper bowls are fun to make and I’m a self-confessed container and paper lover. I’ve been making them for a few years, but was sometimes disappointed in the strength of the finished product, especially with larger bowls.
Then one day, I came across ultimatepapermache.com, which has a wealth of wonderful information. Jonni Good offers recipes, clear, helpful videos and the site has an active forum full of even more ideas. It’s obvious that she’s always coming up with ways to improve her techniques.
For my purposes, the recipe needed some tweaking, but it transformed how I make my bowls (and how satisfied I am with them).