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Powertex hares

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I’ve been thinking about getting some Powertex for ages. At its simplest, it is a fabric hardener, but it can also be used for all sorts of modelling and mixed media. It has the advantage of being weatherproof once it has cured for a few weeks, so you can make things for display outside.

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Rather than face having to decide what colours and what exact products I wanted, I signed up for their subscription box — you can just get a one-off to try it out, which is what I did.

The box came with these two wooden hares along with more than enough bits to decorate them and a lot more besides. The roses and driftwood came from my stash.

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I painted the hare forms with Powertex and rubbed Stone Art powder over it for texture. The string was soaked in Powertex, wrung out and wrapped around the neck and base of the hares.

The stone art powder and Powertex liquid can also be mixed together to form an air-drying clay, which is what I did to create the panels on the front of the hares. I also used some of the clay in a small heart mould to make their noses. Everything was spritzed with the bister and, once it was dry, I used the varnish and pigment powders to dry brush some colour over them.

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I did think about just gluing the hares to the driftwood. But then I realised that this was the perfect opportunity to try out the Dremel micro and carve two indentations for them to sit in. Not bad for a first attempt.

To finish it off, I glued the roses in place and added some model landscaping material for decoration. I tied a few of the roses together to make a small bouquet as well.

If you’re curious what else Powertex can be used for, their blog is a good place to look for inspiration.

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  • Base:
    pair of wooden hares
    piece of driftwood
  • Prep & Stick:
    Powertex fabric hardener – bronze
    Powertex varnish
  • Texture:
    Powertex stone art
    rough string
  • Colour:
    Powertex bister spray – mahogany
    Powertex pigment powder – gold
    Fimo powder – red
  • Embellishments:
    tiny paper roses
    4Ground forest green basing material
  • Tools:
    Dremel micro

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