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Secret Resource: Waterproofing! Answered

Everywhere I look, people are throwing out umbrellas. I've started scavenging the skins and (in rainy England) sewing them onto *everything*. It's great. There are tons of umbrellas that break, etc. and are thrown out every day. You can sew them together to make a big tarp, make a cover for your bag/laptop, etc. Wonderful!

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comodore
comodore

11 years ago

That's a great idea, although, here in my countrie, I don't see much umbrellas that are thrown out, but when one of mine Chinese umbrellas brakes, i will definitely use it, recycle it. Thanks

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

You could sew them together to make a great big umbrella...

You're here already?

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stasterisk
stasterisk

Reply 11 years ago

oh kiteman, I've *been* here! I'm writing to you from Edinburgh now, having made my way north over the last few weeks.. by the end of the month I'll have moved on to the rest of the continent! So.. if anything's gonna happen, you ought to make some noise!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

It's cool - enjoy yourself (I'm up to my eyes at school)

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

Or just carry a parasol around!

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stasterisk
stasterisk

Reply 11 years ago

now that everything I own is covered in umbrella skins, I don't need to! Lightweightified!

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

11 years ago

And don't forget, they make awesome parachutes for G.I. Joe action figures. ;-)

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whatsisface
whatsisface

11 years ago

Good idea, I might have to line my bag with some of this to stop my textbooks getting wrecked. Again.

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stasterisk
stasterisk

Reply 11 years ago

Awesome! I just sewed an umbrella skin into my bag for the same. Post a photo!

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Lftndbt
Lftndbt

11 years ago

Oh! I'm going to make a shower cap!

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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

11 years ago

Make an instructable on the subject!

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

11 years ago

Unless they make 'em different in jolly ole England, fabric from 'brellies are normally just tightly woven synthetic fabrics that offer water repellency. I think it's surface tension that causes water to roll off when the fabric is stretched across its frame. You would need to coat the fabric or laminate it with a truly waterproof layer to seal the seams and pores of the fabric. Good idea for light rain but you will still get waterlogged in a soaker.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Some are one, some are the other. I believe many have water-repellent treatments as well, like tents.