I wrote this particular post several years ago. Since the resulting offending odors have faded in my memory, I am actually considering taking on the project once again using some great tips from my readers and some big veiny Maine leaves. In the meantime, here is a reminder of the original project attempt that officially ran amok…
Yep, it had to happen sometime. And I am here to document it for you! While there have been many craft fails that have occurred in my craft room, this one ranks number one as a Major Craft Fail! So, have a seat and enjoy my mess and be glad…so glad that you don’t have to smell it!
Source: My Art Glass World
Pretty aren’t they? I thought so too. While in California, we stumbled upon a shop that was selling leaf skeletons that were airbrushed in florescent colors and placed over a black velvet setting. They were just awesome. So I wrote it down in my little black book and was determined to try this new craft when I got back home.
And that I did.
I started by gathering a large selection of leaves. I figured if I picked a variety, at least one or two of them would work.
I followed a recipe that I found on line. Use one part super washing soda to one part water. Sounded easy enough.
Optimistically, I threw the leaves in a pot and set them to boil. And then waited.
And the stink began. Faint at first, and then stronger. Gah! If leaves had butts, I imagine this is what they’d smell like. It wasn’t long before my entire house smelled like leaf butt. But, I soldiered on. Sometimes a good craft takes a little sacrifice.
I lit a coconut candle and braved the stink. This will certainly be worth the effort. I had big plans for those skeleton leaves.
After an hour an a half of boiling, my pot of leaves looked like this. A big stinky disgusting mess. No problem, I thought. The next step is to take them out and blanch them in cold water.
Well, that is if you can separate them. I was dealing with the equivalent of a leafy butt smelling pile of spinach.
There came a point where I had to admit defeat. The leaf butts had won. The house was gagging me, because it now smelled like coconut leaf butts. My pan was coated in a white crust. Even the dogs wanted to go out. I waved the white flag.
Official Sitcom Craft Fail.
Oh well, I guess it had to happen sometime.
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