Mod Podge Rocks http://modpodgerocksblog.com Mod Podge Crafts and DIY Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:37:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 DIY wall art – tell your story with scrap wood http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/09/diy-wall-art-tell-your-story-with-scrap-wood.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/09/diy-wall-art-tell-your-story-with-scrap-wood.html#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:01:19 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37556 For better or worse producing the  coasters, HOME signs and other decor items for my business Cheltenham Road creates a lot of scrap wood. I do my best to use every piece but sometimes the random bits pile up. While perusing a Pottery Barn catalog the other day I saw this piece of wall art:... 

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DIY wall art - tell your story with scrap woodFor better or worse producing the  coasters, HOME signs and other decor items for my business Cheltenham Road creates a lot of scrap wood. I do my best to use every piece but sometimes the random bits pile up.

While perusing a Pottery Barn catalog the other day I saw this piece of wall art:

img65cand being me, rather than thinking “I should buy that!” I totally thought, “I should make that with all the scrap wood!”

I let the idea bounce around in my brain (there’s space) and it kind of morphed into making a piece of dimensional DIY wall art that reflects the places I’d called home over the years – New York, Ohio, California etc.

You may be thinking “that’s nice for you David but I don’t have piles of wood scraps lying around.” But I assure you, a quick trip to Home Depot and their leftover lumber pile would provide you with all the pieces for this project for just a few bucks.

I started off with a backer board that measured 26×10″ and then just played around with random pieces of wood until I found an arrangement that appealed. Here is what I ended up with:

Supplies-for-Dimensional-Wall-Art-Cheltenham-Road-for-Mod-Podge-RocksMaterials:

  • Backer Board: 26″x 10″
  • Random bits of plywood of various shapes
  • Some smaller scrap pieces to use as risers
  • 1″ Square dowels: Two measuring 28″ long and two measuring 10″ long for the frame
  • Graphics
  • Screws
  • White Paint
  • Mod Podge!
  • Wood glue

Tools Used:

  • Electric Drill
  • Electric Sander (sandpaper and elbow grease would also be fine)
  • saw (I had to trim a couple of the pieces of wood the the framing dowels)
  • sharp craft knife

First I arranged all my scrap pieces on the backer board to make sure everything still fit together.

Test-FitI had, in MSWord, resized my graphics to fit on each piece of wood. My graphics are just old postcards, maps and even a quick internet download of the poster from my favorite movie.

Once I was sure everything fit together I decoupaged the graphics onto their respective scraps of wood, let them dry and then trimmed the edges of any overhanging bits of paper. To give a bit of distress I used my electric sander to gently sand away the edges of the panels to expose a bit of the wood.

distressed-edges

I reassembled the design and then played a bit with what I wanted each level to be by placing the smaller scrap wood risers under the panels with the graphics:

Play-with-levels

Once I had it the way I wanted it I used wood glue to attach the spacers to the back of the graphic panels and then to the backer board. A hot glue gun would work here too but my encounters with hot glue guns inevitably end in the smell of burning flesh and swearing so . . .

While everything was drying I laid out the frame around the edges. I decided that I wanted a basic, rustic look so I planned on simple butt joints rather than mitered corners.

Lay-Out-Frame

I did mark where I wanted to drill pilot holes for the screws that would hold the frame together. I also marked and drilled holes where the frame would attach to the backer board.

Mark-Pilot-Holes

(the pilot holes are key – when you’re drilling into the end of a piece of wood pilot holes will prevent the wood from splitting when you screw in the screw.). Once all the various glued pieces were dry I screwed the frame into place.

My original idea was to leave the frame unfinished but after I put it all together I decided it should be white and did a quick, light, paint job.

And, finally, I sealed all the images with a coat of Matte Mod Podge.

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Thoughts and Ideas

As with all my projects, once it’s done I think of a million different options.

  • I used plywood because that’s what I had on hand but anything  sturdy would work for the graphics – even mat board or foam core if you didn’t want to deal with lumber.
  • I thought it might be cool to do this for a child – to show their life – you could use photos, report cards, school projects/drawings, favorite book covers (all laser copies of course).
  • I left the edges of my graphic panels unpainted but they might look nice painted black – just to emphasize the dimensionality a bit more.
  • If you didn’t want to deal with sawing wood you could design the pieces to overlap which I think would look really cool!

If you have any questions or if anything is unclear don’t hesitate to ask – I will monitor the comments section.

And, if you’re keen for more projects (or stories of hot glue mishaps) please peruse my blog, see the genesis of some of my ideas via my Pinterest pages or see some finished work in my Etsy shop!

Thanks!

David

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DIY hot air balloons http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/09/diy-hot-air-balloons.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/09/diy-hot-air-balloons.html#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:27:07 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37768 “Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon. . .  ” Do you remember that song? I think I just seriously aged myself, because I searched for “up, up and away lyrics” and came up with a Lil’ Wayne song. But the song I was really thinking of was this one by 5th Dimension, circa... 

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DIY hot air balloons“Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon. . .  ”

Do you remember that song? I think I just seriously aged myself, because I searched for “up, up and away lyrics” and came up with a Lil’ Wayne song. But the song I was really thinking of was this one by 5th Dimension, circa 1967. EVERY time I see a hot air balloon I think of that song (and sing it to myself), and apparently crafts are no exception. Lindsey created a ton of different hot air balloons as part of an installation for her school’s main office – and I love them all. You have to see what a genius she is . . . using paper lanterns, produce baskets, yarn, Mod Podge, and more. These look great on display at her school, but they’d be pretty cute in a kids’ room or nursery, too. And no judgements if I put a few in my studio, because hot air balloons make me happy, and as I already told you, they make me sing. Visit Lindsey below for the full tutorial – there’s a balloon with a bunting that will make you not only sing, but also squeal!

DIY hot air balloons at The Pleated Poppy

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DIY votives: vintage candle holders made from glasses http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/diy-votives-vintage-candle-holders-made-from-glasses.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/diy-votives-vintage-candle-holders-made-from-glasses.html#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:57:32 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37326 Over at Hammer Like a Girl, we usually try to use materials that have been cast off, scrounged, or salvaged. So when we first were planning this DIY votives project, we thought it would be a great idea to use cut-off bottles. You’ve all seen the technique online – soak string in acetone, wrap it... 

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DIY votives: vintage candle holders made from glassesOver at Hammer Like a Girl, we usually try to use materials that have been cast off, scrounged, or salvaged. So when we first were planning this DIY votives project, we thought it would be a great idea to use cut-off bottles. You’ve all seen the technique online – soak string in acetone, wrap it around a bottle, light it on fire,

turn turn turn to get an even burn and when the flame starts to die down, dunk it ice water, and the bottle breaks where the string was, essentially turning a bottle into a glass. It sounds so cool (and easy). We went out and bought acetone, dug in our recycling bins and went to work. Maybe we were doing something wrong, but for the life of us, we could not get a nice clean break. The edges were jaggedy, like something you’d see in a bar fight. So with singed arm hair, we went to the Goodwill, where we bought 3 glasses for $.69/each instead. Here’s some instructions – not how to singe your arm hair – but for making unique decoupage votive candle holders.

You will need:

  • Drinking glasses, preferably with straight sides
  • Ephemera of your choice – we used an old poetry book, a fiction magazine, and old postage stamps
  • Antique Matte Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • X-Acto knife
  • Fine sand paper (220 grit)
  • Bottle for holding the glass while decoupaging

First find some clear drinking glasses – the straighter the sides the better. We lucked out at Goodwill and found a large, a medium, and a small glass, making a perfect little varied size “set”.

GlassesSelect some of your favorite papers to cover your votive holders. Old wrapping paper, books, magazines, craft paper work great. We used an old poetry book, stamp collection and a literary magazine from 1954 (with a great orange advertisement for whiskey).

Ephemera Ephemera_stampsCut the paper so it is slightly larger than the glass. The paper should hang over the top and bottom edges. If the paper is too small to go all the way around the glass, that’s ok, you can just piece another paper over the top and cover the gap.

WrappingGlass

Spread Mod Podge onto the back of the paper.

ModPodgeBackTurn the glass on its side, and lay the paper over the top of the glass, letting the excess paper hang off the top/bottom edges.

ModPodge_wrappingRoll the glass on the table until the paper covers the glass.

ModPodge_wrap2Smooth the paper onto the glass, working from the center outward to the edges.

ModPodge_smoothIf you have a gap, cut another piece of paper to cover it. Keep the design in mind, here’s a chance to add a little interest.

ClosingGapLet the decoupage dry thoroughly  – a couple hours should do.

Trim the excess paper off the top by using an X-Acto knife. Gently poke the blade through the paper and using the edge of the glass as a guide, trim off excess paper.

TrimTopRepeat along the bottom edge.

TrimBottomIf needed, touch up areas along the bottom of the glass (where it curves) with Mod Podge.

TouchUpBottomGently press down/in with fingers, working your way around the glass.

PressDownBottomLet Mod Podge dry thoroughly. If the edges are a little rough, you can take fine sandpaper and gently touch up the edges, sanding in an inward direction.

SandEdgesPlace the glass upside-down on a stand of some sort (we used a soda bottle, a glass and bottle of paint) and apply a coat of Mod Podge to the outside.

FinalCoatLet it dry and repeat with another coat of Mod Podge.

FinalCoatDryingBottlesThere you go!  A simple project (if you skip the part where you light your arm hair a string on fire) that has some fun effects when you place lit candles inside. You can customize and use your favorite pattern papers, kids drawings, etc…

Visit our blog Hammer Like A Girl for other project ideas and follow us there or on our Facebook page to get regular updates!

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Make a banner: glittery geometric garland http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/make-a-banner-glittery-geometric-garland.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/make-a-banner-glittery-geometric-garland.html#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:59:09 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37546 Hi, my name is Rachel from Lines Across, and I’m happy to be contributing here at Mod Podge Rocks! I’m a little obsessed with geometric shapes and bright colors, and often share free printable gift boxes. Today I’m sharing how to make a banner. I’ve had this project in mind since I shared a free... 

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Glittery Geometric Garland by Lines AcrossHi, my name is Rachel from Lines Across, and I’m happy to be contributing here at Mod Podge Rocks! I’m a little obsessed with geometric shapes and bright colors, and often share free printable gift boxes.

Today I’m sharing how to make a banner. I’ve had this project in mind since I shared a free printable for these diamond shaped gift boxes. I knew I wanted to make a smaller version that could be strung together into a fun garland. This project was pretty easy, but it took a little longer than I thought. It would be perfect as a project for a craft night with a few friends, as a part of a handmade wedding, or as something to make while watching TV.

What you need:

step by step tutorialWhat you do:

1. Print off the free printable template. Cut it out along the solid black lines. Be precise when cutting.

2. Fold along the dotted lines. I found it really helpful to score first.

3. Flip over the paper so that the printed lines are on the bottom. These will become the inside of the little boxes. Carefully paint a medium coat of Mod Podge over every other triangle (4 total).

4. Cover these triangles with glitter. To make sure the Mod Podge doesn’t dry, you might want to paint/glitter one triangle at a time.

5. Let the Mod Podge dry, shake off the glitter, then use glue to assemble the boxes. (You can also cover the glittery areas with a second coat of Mod Podge to make sure that the glitter doesn’t shed. It will still look nice and shiny after the Mod Podge dries.)

how to thread paper octahedrons6. String together the little boxes and enjoy. I had a LOT of trouble stringing together the boxes. First I tried putting a needle and embroidery thread through the top, thinking gravity would pull it through the bottom. For some reason it just kept getting stuck inside the box. Then I tried tying embroidery thread to a piece of spaghetti. This was an epic fail. Enough said. What finally worked very well was using a coarse jute twine. I covered one end (about 4 inches) in Mod Podge and let it dry in a straight line. Then I threaded the twine through the boxes. (The hole on one side of the box is slightly larger than the other. Start threading through the smaller hole to make it easier.)

glittery geometric paper garland by lines across

glitter kraft paper garland

geometric paper garlandI just love the way the glittery pink and gold look next to the plain kraft paper. What color combos do you love?

paper diamondsThanks Amy for having me here today! Be sure to stop by Lines Across and say hi, or follow along with my on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, and Instagram.

P.S. I’ll be sharing a tutorial tomorrow for these cute brushstroke nails.

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The ultimate mom-arazzi giveaway! http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/ultimate-mom-arazzi-giveaway.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/ultimate-mom-arazzi-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:12:40 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37538 Are you a paparazzi mom? Do you take a gazillion pictures of your beloved offspring? Then you are going to LOVE this giveaway! It’s back-to-school time . . .which means there are so many important moments to be documented! And if you’re anything like most moms, there will be thousands of pictures taken! So I’ve partnered... 

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momarazzi giveaway IG 2Are you a paparazzi mom? Do you take a gazillion pictures of your beloved offspring? Then you are going to LOVE this giveaway!

It’s back-to-school time . . .which means there are so many important moments to be documented! And if you’re anything like most moms, there will be thousands of pictures taken! So I’ve partnered up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway to help you preserve all those awesome school memories this year!

Check out the drool-worthy prizes!

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That is a whole lotta happy right there! This giveaway is going to make YOUR job as the ‘Ultimate Memory Preserver’ so much easier!

Here’s a shout out to the awesome bloggers that are bringing this giveaway to you. Go follow them on Twitter for fun and creative updates!

Awesome Bloggers to Follow on Twitter

  • Craftaholics Anonymous®- Craft Addicts unite! At Craftaholics Anonymous®, you can find new craft ideas, crafting tips, DIY’s, Holiday ideas, and take tours of 45+ craft rooms!
  • The Dating Divas- Each Monday, the Divas offer a fabulous date idea already completely planned out for your upcoming weekend. Throughout the rest of the week, they offer FREE flirty tips, tricks, tutorials, & darling printables to keep the romance alive and the sparks flying’.
  • The 36th Avenue - The 36th Avenue is your number one destination for easy DIY projects, free printables, adorable handmade gifts and holiday ideas, delicious recipes and everything EXTRAORDINARY!
  • Somewhat Simple - Somewhat Simple is THE PLACE for creative inspiration. Get inspired by thousands of simple projects, recipes, crafts, and more!
  • Kara’s Party IdeasKara Allen is the party designer, author, dessert stylist & creator behind THE place for ALL things PARTY- KarasPartyIdeas.com. Kara’s Party Ideas holds millions of party ideas you can search, party recipes, a party supply shop, a fab party book, fun worldwide party workshops, an app & more!
  • Mod Podge RocksMod Podge Rocks is a collection of tutorials and how-tos featuring the world’s greatest decoupage medium. Come visit Amy for tons of inspiration.
  • One Good Thing by Jillee – One Good Thing by Jillee is dedicated to sharing one good thing a day that makes life a little more simple, affordable, wholesome, and joyful! Millions of people look to “Jillee” each month for tips on living a more frugal and healthy life. Learn how to enrich your life while conserving time, money, and resources.
  • Kids Activities BlogKids Activities Blog is overflowing with fun crafts, art projects, games and activities for kids- most with contents from your kitchen junk drawer!
  • Living Well, Spending LessLiving Well, Spending Less is all about the adventure of finding the Good Life on a budget… because a life well lived is not so much about what we have as who we are.
  • RemodelaholicIf your goal is to make your house a home, then come to Remodelaholic.com. They will teach you the best ways to update your house and design and decorate your home on a budget. Go from builder grade to beautiful with their help.
  • Lil’ LunaLil’ Luna is the one-stop to find all things creative! Come on over to find inexpensive & unique crafts, DIY projects, recipes, gift ideas, and more for any occasion.

Enter below to win this awesome Mom-arazzi Giveaway!
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DIY floral monogram http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/diy-floral-monogram.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/diy-floral-monogram.html#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:49:43 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37535 This letter looks something like you’d find an Anthropologie – and pay like $349 for. Notice that I didn’t say “$350.” Because $1 less makes it seem a lot cheaper, no? But seriously, I love decoupaged letters, and they look so good on a mantel or on the wall. I love the beautiful, watercolor print that... 

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Make a DIY floral monogramThis letter looks something like you’d find an Anthropologie – and pay like $349 for. Notice that I didn’t say “$350.” Because $1 less makes it seem a lot cheaper, no? But seriously, I love decoupaged letters, and they look so good on a mantel or on the wall. I love the beautiful, watercolor print that Amy used on her letter. I also happen to like the letter, of course. I’m going to have to dig through my fabric scraps and see what prettiness I can come up with do to an “A” of my very own! If you are feeling the same, visit Amy’s tutorial below.

DIY floral monogram at Homey Oh My!

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How to make a lampshade http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/make-lampshade.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/make-lampshade.html#respond Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:21:18 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37503 I’ve seen quite a few lampshades decorated with Mod Podge – I even did one for my Mod Podge Rocks book. But Lakshmi took it up a notch with this lampshade that she made from scratch, using Mod Podge as a paper mache paste. You had no idea you could use Mod Podge for that,... 

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How to make a lampshadeI’ve seen quite a few lampshades decorated with Mod Podge – I even did one for my Mod Podge Rocks book. But Lakshmi took it up a notch with this lampshade that she made from scratch, using Mod Podge as a paper mache paste. You had no idea you could use Mod Podge for that, did you? You’ll need a mold of some sort to make the lampshade the size and shape that you want, but besides that, making the shade is pretty simple. Read Lakshmi’s tutorial at the link below; she makes a paste with flour but I’ll leave that up to you (you can add a touch of flour to your Mod Podge if you think it’s too runny). Let me know how your lampshade construction goes!

DIY paper mache craft – lampshade at Made By Lakshmi

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DIY matryoshka plaques http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/diy-matryoshka-plaques.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/diy-matryoshka-plaques.html#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:44:41 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37361 I recently moved into my studio and realized that somehow I brought a whole bunch of magazines with me. How did that happen? I don’t need them and they are just taking up space. So I’m going to tear out my favorite ideas and recycle the rest – and how am I going to recycle... 

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DIY matryoshka plaqueI recently moved into my studio and realized that somehow I brought a whole bunch of magazines with me. How did that happen? I don’t need them and they are just taking up space. So I’m going to tear out my favorite ideas and recycle the rest – and how am I going to recycle them, you ask? Why with Mod Podge, of course. Everything about this DIY matryoshka plaque tutorial above is recycled, including the scrap wood (which would get throw away eventually) and the magazines (which always end up in the trash bin. I love how pretty these are and I want to make some immediately. And then my mind goes to what other characters I could make with wood plaques and recycled magazines? The possibilities are endless!

Matryoshka plaque at Over the Apple Tree

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Asian inspired Dimensional Magic coasters http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/asian-inspired-dimensional-magic-coasters.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/asian-inspired-dimensional-magic-coasters.html#respond Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:50:45 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37322 You’ve seen quite a few coasters on this blog – and here’s yet another way to make them with Mod Podge! You’re actually going to use quite a few formulas, which might excite you . . . including one of my favorites: Dimensional Magic. You’ll also use another one of my favorite things . .... 

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Asian inspired Dimensional Magic coastersYou’ve seen quite a few coasters on this blog – and here’s yet another way to make them with Mod Podge! You’re actually going to use quite a few formulas, which might excite you . . . including one of my favorites: Dimensional Magic. You’ll also use another one of my favorite things . . . origami papers! When you buy origami papers, you typically get a huge stack. And that means you have a lot of decoupage to do even just to use up a portion of the papers. Why not include these beautiful coasters in that list? They’re pretty and make great gifts. Learn how to make them at the link below.

Asian teacup coasters at Thirsty for Tea

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Washi tape crafts: easy edged chair http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/washi-tape-crafts-easy-edged-chair.html http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/washi-tape-crafts-easy-edged-chair.html#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:40:12 +0000 http://modpodgerocksblog.com/?p=37233 Hello, Heidi from Hands Occupied here! Sometimes I just get bored of certain pieces of furniture. It’s not that they’re bad or dysfunctional, just a bit tired. A super simple solution I’ve found (and I’ve found it’s also super addictive), is incorporating washi tape with it for a fun, surprise texture or pop of color.... 

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washi-tape-chair-5-textHello, Heidi from Hands Occupied here! Sometimes I just get bored of certain pieces of furniture. It’s not that they’re bad or dysfunctional, just a bit tired. A super simple solution I’ve found (and I’ve found it’s also super addictive), is incorporating washi tape with it for a fun, surprise texture or pop of color. Here’s my go-to process for edging a chair with washi tape and Mod Podge!

Supplies

washi-tape-chair-1 Directions

Center washi tape along all edges of your chair, smoothing it into place.

washi-tape-chair-2I love the look of this when the washi tape is just wider than the chair’s edge. That lets you see the washi tape’s design from all angles. If your tape is wider than your edge, fold the edges down flush with your chair.

washi-tape-chair-3Next, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the outside of all of the tape. Once that dries, your tape will be sealed in, much more so than if you left it all by itself.

washi-tape-chair-4That’s it! Easiest Mod Podge furniture makeover ever. And now I want to do this to ALL of my furniture. Hmm…

washi-tape-chair-6This is such a fun and unique washi tape craft!

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