Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Watering Can Tutorial Part 4

Part 4

Cut the little extra off or just cut the circle open and overlap the extra.
Continue to glue the top onto the top of the body.

Get the piece of double layer of card stock that you set aside earlier.

Cut a strip 3/32" (2mm) wide.

Using Tacky or Elmer's glue a length of button/carpet thread down the center. Set aside, this is the handle.

Use Tacky or Elmer's to glue button/carpet thread around the bottom seam. Glue the thread around the body on the lines.

Finally glue the thread around the top seam.

With a sharp blade in your craft knife cut a small horizontal slot in the body at the bottom "X" wide enough for the handle to go through. Wiggle the blade a little to open the slot a bit.

Cut the length of the handle to 2 1/8" (54mm).

Bend 1/4" (7mm) at the one end of the handle.

Bend 1/8" (3mm) at the other end of the handle.

When you bent the 1/8" end of the handle the card stock probably came apart. We are going to take advantage of this. Cut off the bottom layer of the card stock to the 1/8" crease. If this doesn't come apart you can sand this portion thinner.

Run the handle through your fingers to help make the curve.

Apply glue into the bottom slot and insert the bottom of the handle in, just into the body of the watering can.

Apply glue to the center front at the top seam and bend the handle over and glue the tip to the top seam.

Cut a single layer of card stock the same width as the handle, 1/2" (14mm) long. Apply glue to the top "X" on center back seam, above the thread. Glue one end of the 1/2" long piece to the body. Gently bend the piece and glue the other end to the handle.

Glue the bottom of the spout to the line on the center front of the watering can. Let dry.

When the spout is dry, really dry, trim the thread and glue the ends of the thread to the body of the watering can.

End of Part 4.

I am painting my watering cans and when I am finished I will post the pictures.
I recommend using a thick paint for the first coat. I like using Delta's Perm Enamel, I use white. This covers all of the little bumps and covers the thread like I want it to, so it doesn't look like thread anymore. If you have the right colors of Perm Enamel use it for all of the painting. I don't, so I just use white for a primer. I will use acrylic craft paint to finish them. Then I will apply a coat of Perm Enamel Gloss Glaze for shine.