Loom Decoupage

Copper Loom Make Over

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I have my Brennan style loom, adapted for my personal use.  Thinner, lighter pipes and shorter, so It’s less heavy and will require less warp for smaller weaving’s.  I decided to decoupage the loom so I won’t get the copper patina all over my hands.  It was a bit time consuming and I learned a few things along the way


The first thing I did was go to the craft store and get some scrap book paper.  First, I got all the same kind.  I thought better of it later and went back and got some that were different but in color ranges that I thought would go well together.  I also found some decoupage sealer, because my experience with Mod Podge has led me to the conclusion that it will remain tacky without an additional sealer.  



I tore the paper into squares so I would have manageable sized pieces to work with.  Paint a small area with Mod Podge and allow to dry slightly.  I painted the back side of the paper with Mod Podge because it will have to stick to itself as well as the loom.  I staggered the papers in what I considered a pleasing fashion.  You have to allow the mod Podge to completely dry before adding a top coat.  I applied one top coat then added a self adhesive measure tape to the top and bottom bars to make warping easier.  Then I applied two more top coats allowing each to dry.  Then I sprayed on the sealer.  I applied three coats of sealer allowing each to completely dry.

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I learned a few things with this.  First, while I like my finished product, I think I was on the right track buying all one type of paper.   I think I would have liked it more if it was all uniform.  Also, there are joints that hold the pipes together.  On the bottom, I applied the paper over the joints and pipes, so the joints would be less noticeable.  On the rest, I carefully applied paper to the joint and pipes separately.   While the joints are less visible where they are papered as one, there is some air-space where the pipe and joint are.  I’m not sure if that will affect its longevity, but I can always redo it later.  I think next time I may stick to one kind of paper and decoupage the pipe and joint separately.  The sealer is a spray type, which I like, but it leaves lots of bubbles and has a tendency to pool and leave large drops.  It was necessary to run a finger over the loom to level the bubbles and remove large drips that accumulated.

All in all I’m happy with my project and would do it over again.  

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2 comments on “Loom Decoupage
  1. Mark says:

    It look’s like a solid, handy piece to produce some work on.


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