As I teased on Wednesday, I made one of Alkema's Scrap Magic projects: This wire and papier mache butterfly. And it went better than I expected! At first I was quite skeptical, due to some gaps in the directions:
"The four wings of the butterfly in Illus. 37 were created with the four-layer method [note: I could not find any further information about what this method entailed, so I assumed it was self-explanatory]. A fine wire was placed between layers two and three during the drying process. The wire was allowed to hang out from the wings so that it could be wound round the body of the butterfly, thus holding each wing in place. The butterfly's body consists of a nail with fine wire wound round it. A wood block and scrap piece of chrome provide the base. The end of the wire which was wound round the body was twisted slightly and placed inside the chrome piece."
...But it turns out it was all I needed. I will fill out the details for you, dear reader, and share my substitutions.
Happy fourth of July weekend, my little fireworks!