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Papering around a decorative rose

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When papering a length including a rose, always turn the electricity supply off at the mains. Position the length of paper in a similar way to any other length. Feel for the rose through the paper.

From the centre of the rose, make a small hole with the scissors followed by diagonal / star-like cuts outwards toward the edges. Hang the rest of the length first before cutting out the shape of the rose. Use the brush to push the paper towards the rose from all directions.

Check for any trapped air bubbles and then remove any excess paste from the rose with a cloth. When you are satisfied with the finish, push all round the edge of the rose to get a close finish, taking care not to damage the moulding.

Cut as many sections from the centre of the rose outwards to smooth from every direction to fit around the moulding. Then carefully cut the small sections away, with a knife or scissors, to leave a smooth finish.

Reconnect the light fitting and turn the electricity supply on.

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