The Story of a Mangle

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The tale of a cover-up

Ink-bleed and porridge paint
or
cooking up a washing machine

Recipe

I used various photos on the web of different makes of 50s washing machine but of the same sort of size, so have ended up with a bit of a mix and match result (along with the porridge!)

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Semi end result

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This is what you’ll see more or less from the removable viewing panel, all being well, once the room is complete

The ingredients so far:

Using 2 mm greyboard I built a framework …

Still with me on this?

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I’ve now re-covered the panel, but it needs rubbing on more firmly I notice. It is hiding some of the bleed. Am now waiting for the porridge mangle to thoroughly dry to see if it all drops off.
Plan to elegantly drape a tea towel over it if the paint stays in place – and probably if it doesn’t as well!

 

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Photo taken before previous one with new covering
Sink and half-made drainer on chocks at the moment, but hopefully the drainer plus a tea towel will disguise all but the spirit of the would be washing machine 🙂

Links:

Hoover Advert for the MK1 Washing Machine (Above) – 1952

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5 responses »

  1. Some days are meant to try us! Well done for persevering though, the washing machine looks great. The thingy from the earphones packet was made to be a mangle – apart from resisting paint that it’s.

      • Aha! Mystery solved. Sorry in turn for not replying properly before – the anon threw me 😉 Good to hear from you
        Stiking power, sometimes literally is often the only thing going for me when trying to make something, I have to say 🙂

  2. I think that YOU are VERY CLEVER and have produced an Incredibly realistic Wringer/ Washings Machine.
    When I was growing up, I remember my mother down in our basement doing LOADS of laundry using this old-fashioned type of machine. The fact that you were able to compose one, using the most unlikely parts,is something which I find- Most Impressive! 😀

    • Wellllll – I didn’t make it into a wringer, as it were, it already existed in the package hanger design. It just wouldn’t play at being white instead of virulent red 🙂 Package hangers fascinate me for their designs and shapes and the wastage of them when we only buy the ‘goods’ hanging there. 🙂

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