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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Glue ATP's & Other Jewelry

While I was making these wonderfully fun, beautiful pins & necklaces, I jotted down 10 tidbits for you.

1. Use a non-stick rubber mat, made for hot glue.
2. Make your glue pile about 1/4" thick and lightly press your stamp in.
3. Use glycerin on your stamp before you press it into the glue. This also conditions the stamp.
4. The hardened glue is easy to cut with sharp scissors, but do this before you paint your piece.
5. If using mounted stamps, be sure to put glycerin on the wood part too!
6. Use stamps that don't have a densely detailed image, open is better.
7. Do not use a paint brush to apply the rub n' buff! Use a cosmetic sponge.
8. Have plenty of glue sticks on hand, it takes approx. 1/2 of a stick per stamped image.
9. Use a paper piercing tool to make holes in your hardened piece, to add jump rings.
10. Varnish the piece. I noticed my paint trying to peel.


Catherynne said...

Hi Cindy. Stopping by from our CC group. These glue ATPs are really pretty - who would've guessed hot glue could be dressed up so nicely?! Hmmm... I have a few sticks begging to be melted...

Sandie C said...

WOW!! These are great - thanks for the hints too. They will be very helpful for when I give this idea a try.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,

This is Autumn from the CC group. Some of these look almost like PMC. You've done a masterful job with a humnble ingredient. Thanks very much for sharing!

Esmeralda said...

Hi Cindy,
I'm from the Artist Techniques group. These are awesome! Thanks for the tips :)

Marilyn said...

I like hot glue too, but I mostly use it in Krafty Lady molds and make embellishments. I need to branch out. I didn't know about using glycerin. It sticks to rubber if you don't.


Monique said...

Stopped by from the Art Techniques group.Love the glue tips! Sure gonna try this tonight;)) Thanks for posting,love your blog and will come more often!
Monique (NL)

Gillian McMurray said...

These are really lovely. I bought a glue gun months ago but the glue is rubbish. It's no good for gluing. So I'm off to try some of these with it.

wahm922 said...

Wow, these are great. I never knew you could get such a great look with hot glue. Makes mine look so boring!

Thanks for sharing : )

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Cindy! No one would guess these started out as a hot glue stick.

morningDove said...

thanks Cindy for sharing this technique. where would you buy glycerin? your jewelry pieces are great works of art. I want to try.