Saturday, May 4, 2013

CTMH Liquid Glass

Hi again.  A friend showed me a trick with glue I have not seen anywhere so I would like to share it. As always, click on any picture to enlarge.
 I used unbleached kitchen parchment paper & made a row of dots of Liquid glass, and let them air dry.
 I coloured on the parchment paper with Outdoor Denim colour CTMH markers & then dripped on a few dots of Liquid glass, those are the 2 lil dots in the lower part of the picture.  They give me eye-deas!  On some clear dry drops I coloured them with the base & shade markers, to the left is the base, to the right is the shade.  They would be nice accents for flowers, boy theme projects, rivets, water bubbles, bullet points for journaling...
Here is my results using sharpie markers.  The penny is to reference size of the dots.  The dots closer to the penny were done by colouring on the parchment paper & covering with the liquid glass.  The darker coloured dots to the left were coloured with the same colour sharpie on dry dots.  The bottom dots are clear to show the difference.  The one on one's position on top of the 11 is a dry dot upside down showing it would make neat distortion effect.  It is a bit cloudy on the flat surface which could be attributed to air drying on the parchment paper?  I would adhere these dots to a project using more liquid glass. 

A few words about this Liquid Glass adhesive glue.  It is super strong & bonds most surfaces really well (paper, cardboard, metal, wood, plastic, fabric, fibres).  There is a possibility it could stain through fabric if just used to tack down so you would need to plan for that with strategic cover up elements like buttons, flowers or something layered over contact points.  If you get it on your fingers, it is there for awhile & feels like dry crazy glue (if you've ever had that stuff dried to your fingers, you know, it's just strange feeling.)  It dries in about 10-15 minutes beautifully clear & glossy.  I've used it to glue down old rub-ons of footprints that were dry & wouldn't stick, they looked like epoxy stickers when done (it was a great save for that old project).  After using Liquid glass a good tip is to thump the bottle against your table to bring it down out of the nozzle, then to squeeze the bottle gently to blow any remaining out of the tip to keep it clear.  Storing it upright also helps.

I always wanted to try this:  Look what happens when you dry it (on parchment paper) with a heat gun!  It reminds me of baby drool, kids slime crafts, learning to beat egg whites, learning to pull taffy or candy, or even scuba bubbles...  The clear blob is a dot of glue heated.  The double " blob is marker coloured on the paper & dripped with Liquid glass & heated.  The bottom half of the squiggle is purposefully over heated & became caramel coloured, The middle section is bubbled a bit with the proximity of the heat gun, the top half is air dried clear.  The puffy bubbles are firm, which could be a great texture experience in a brag book.  This adhesive is great value, a little goes a long way!