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Fender-ST-Style : Pick & Music

1° Step : Pickguard & Fabric.

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A Strat-pickguard and an adequate beautiful 100% cotton fabric.  To custom and decorate my pickguard with the decoupage technique I need first scissors to cut out my fabric and a soft pencil to design the pickguard’s template on the fabric’s rear side and vinyl glue (or special fabric-glue).  Then a flat brush to spread a fair glue measure on the pickguard to paste the chosen fabric and some plastic or wooden clips, or pegs, to apply around the edges to hold the fabric down while the glue dries.  Finally, I need a satin water-based varnish gel to create a protective and anti-scratch film with a good resistance to mechanical agents.  I apply a thick and uniform coat with a specific flat smooth brush.  Let it dry for at least four hours and then I repeat twice, or more times, as to get a hard, solid and strong last finishing.

3° Step : Photo & Tutorial.

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Lampshade & Fabric

The template.  It is important to draw the template, in order to cut the fabric in the right measures.  First of all I take a large piece of thin paper, or pattern paper, (or more paper sheets joined together with adhesive tape) and a soft pencil.  Then I lay the shade (already provided for its polystyrene panels) on it and, from the vertical rear seam, I begin to roll the shade and to trace around the rims on all sides to the starting point.  With a ruler I extend the sides of each line out 2-3 cm. and trace a further edge in all directions the lines were heading.  Finally, I cut the template out of the piece of paper with scissors or a craft cutter.  Now the template is ready.

Preparing the fabric.  To select the right fabric to cover my shade, in addition to considering colour and design, I have to consider its transparency as well as the amount of heat my lamp expels because I do not want my chosen material to melt.  That’s why I read the fabric label carefully to determine its heat sensitivity.  Afterwards I wash and iron the fabric perfectly.  I lay the template on the wrong fabric side and I trace it with a soft pencil.

Checking up fabric design.  The above mentioned template process, although laborious, helps me to understand everytime if the fabric design is suitable for my lampshade.  The correct fabric position is important: the design must be in evidence, both on the front and on the rear shape side; it should not be cut out badly on the edges and pretty harmonious!  On the contrary, I can always remove the fabric and take it on again, or even replace it, in order to get a first-rate colour-rich canvas.

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Cutting the fabric.  I place the template on the wrong side of my fabric and trace all cutting lines with a soft pencil.  I cut the fabric out carefully.  The new cover is now ready to be glued to the shade.

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A Birthday Gift & Japan !

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 Beautiful japanese 100% cotton fabric and Kokeshi soft-paper dolls and small tree.  What an idea for a unique birthday gift: to decorate a 30×40 cm. canvas with the decoupage technique.  First of all I need a soft pencil to design the template on the canvas front side, the scissors to cut out my fabric symmetrically and vinyl glue (or special fabric-glue).  Also a flat brush to spread an adequate glue measure on to paste the ten fabric pieces, my fingers to hold and press the fabric down while it dries.  Then I use a satin water-based varnish gel to create a protective finishing.  I apply a thin uniform coat with a specific smooth flat brush and let dry for at least six hours.  I repeat twice, or three times.  Finally, I paste the japanese Kokeshi soft-paper dolls and small tree to the copper lamina and cut them out carefully.  I glue them with hot-melt adhesive by a hot-glue gun directly to my fabric.  To embellish I choose a white wooden frame.

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Fender-ST-Style : Pick & Chords

A pickguard is usually a piece of plastic, or other laminated material, fixed with some screws on the guitar’s body under the strings, or raised on adjustable metal support brackets close to them.  Its main practical purpose is to protect the guitar’s surface, but it may also have a merely decorative use, as well as be a piece of memorabilia.

Fender-style pickguards are mainly fitted on solid-bodied electric Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars and often cover a large area of the front top surface.  Most of their electronic components, such as  pickups, potentiometers, switches and wiring, are mounted on, or behind, the pickguards.  As a matter of fact, this design simplifies repairs and spare parts change.

1° Step : Pickguard & Fabric.

Pickguard Strat & Chords

Pickguard & Fabric

2° Step : Material & Tools. 

Of course, a Strat-pickguard and an adequate beautiful 100% cotton fabric.  To custom and decorate my pickguard with the decoupage technique, first of all I need scissors to cut out my fabric, soft pencil to design the pickguard’s template on the fabric’s rear side and vinyl glue (or special fabric-glue).  Also a flat brush to spread a fair glue measure on the pickguard to paste the chosen fabric, a few plastic or wooden binder clips to apply around the edges to hold the fabric down while the glue dries.  Finally, I need a satin water-based varnish gel to create a protective, anti-scratch film with a good resistance to mechanical agents.  I apply a thick and uniform coat with a specific flat smooth brush.  Let it dry for at least four hours, and then I repeat twice or more times as to get a hard, solid and strong last finishing.

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