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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spray Adhesives? Help Finding the Right Glue on: July 04, 2011 07:31:13 PM
I followed the directions: Sprayed 6-8inches away (short sweeping spurts like any spray), Let sit a minute. That didn't work well. Now I'm spraying more like 14-16inches away and letting sit ~2ish. This is giving me a much thinner application and working better, but it still looks fuzzy (what can you expect, it's clear plastic) in some cases. I think Aleene's just, for lack of a better word...sucks. I ended up buying a different brand and it works a lot better.

The 3&1 clear glue is still the best way to go, though this spray will do alright for some instances where there's less clear space.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Spray Adhesives? Help Finding the Right Glue on: July 03, 2011 01:57:27 PM
The Task: Securely adhering transparency prints* (or clear vellum) to paper scrapbook style without getting that gross dried milk smudgy look. *You know those overhead transparencies from grade school... I've been following the tips of other scrapbookers and printing cool designs and images on them for my layouts. It's a really neat effect, if only I could attach them.


The Problem: Many glues have issues drying due to lack of airflow (well it is plastic after all). White glues especially don't work even if they swear they'll dry clear because in the end you just get these gross smudges that look like dried milk scum. This is a problem since the transparency is... well transparent. I don't want these icky smudges ruining the effect!

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After some trial and error (and a mess of glue types) I found some things that work ok and some that don't at all, but I'd like to go further and find that PERFECT glue and figured all your paper crafters would be the best source of knowledge. (Plus I'm sick of wasting money on experiments... glue isn't cheap!) So far I've tried...

White Glue (Elmers and Tacky): This was the first thing I tried, since it SAID it would dry clear and obviously a huge NO as stated above. It dries in time, but it leaves behind a gross milky smudge look on the transparency.

Diamond Glaze/ 3D Crystal Lacquer: We had a bottle of this laying around in the craft bin so I gave it a shot. Now this might have dried clear and wonderful.... but it had a weird reaction with some of my papers since it was so much thinner. Warping and crinkling. D: No thanks.

Clear Glue (3&1 Craft): Went out and grabbed the best looking clear glue. This works! It dries 100% clear without the filmy scum, adheres fast, dries eventually and will be my fallback if nothing else works. The ONLY problem I have with this is that, since it gets tacky so fast (when they say fast grab they mean it! It's literally seconds before it tacks up), I don't have much time to smear it thin and micro bubbles form in the tacky goo mess. It's not a huge deal if this is the best I can do but if I can avoid it, that would be amazing. *I have yet to try a non-fast grab/ plain ol clear glue, but I'm considering it*


So then I thought- Hey maybe a spray glue would be better since it would go on super thin! I headed out to the store and when I was standing in an aisle of glue, staring at about 6 different spray adhesives I was like.... uhhhh *scratches head*. Krylon...a name I know. I was about to take this one but it didn't say clear anywhere and I was unsure. So I picked up the first one I saw that said CRYSTAL CLEAR. Ok so which? I guess I should go with the one that blatantly says it's clear. (I should have known better since it was Aleene's and that brand already failed me ;-;) I get it home and spray on a test sheet..... WHITE?! ugh. Pretty much tacky glue in thin spray form. No good.

So my good people, does anyone know of a good 'starts clear, ends clear' spray glue (or any good glue for adhering transparent films) to paper?

Thank you in advance Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Resin Dipping/ Coating Project - Advice Needed on: February 22, 2011 12:10:27 AM
Ok, I've been trying to research this as best as I can but with so much information out there it's a little overwhelming. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction...

I'm looking to coat some things with resin (Sealant spray won't do because I want the items to have a much thicker coating, so don't bother suggesting it.) I've decided that this is the easiest solution, as casting them in resin would take custom mold making, release agents, etc. But I digress. Anyway, I'd like to mix up some resin and dip the items for a coat or two or three (with drying time in-between, of course.)

This is my criteria:
- Completely Clear
- Will Not Yellow (But if it may, suggest something to seal it and cut the UV rays)
- Waterproof
- No shrink/ warp
- No tackiness


What brand/ type do you guys suggest for this project? And is this the method I'm looking for or am I overlooking an easier material/ solution?


I've looked at things like: Envirotex Lite, Ultra-Glo Polymer Coating, EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy , Crystal Sheen, Crystal Sheen Casting Resin, ICE Resin....etc.

And I just don't know which I should be using! And input would be great Cheesy
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: February 21, 2011 10:40:23 PM
Ok, I've been trying to research this as best as I can but with so much information out there it's a little overwhelming. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction...

I'm looking to coat some things with resin (Sealant spray won't do because I want the items to have a much thicker coating, so don't bother suggesting it.) I've decided that this is the easiest solution as casting them in resin would take custom mold making, release agents, etc. But I digress. Anyway, I'd like to mix up some resin and dip the items for a coat or two or three (with drying time in-between, of course.)

This is my criteria:
- Completely Clear
- Will Not Yellow (But if it may, suggest something to seal it and cut the UV rays)
- Waterproof
- No shrink/ warp
- No tackiness


What brand/ type do you guys suggest for this project?



I've looked at things like: Envirotex Lite, Ultra-Glo Polymer Coating, EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy , Crystal Sheen, Crystal Sheen Casting Resin, ICE Resin....etc.

And I just don't know which I should be using! And input would be great Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Seriously Cute Crochet BJD Hats *image attack* on: September 05, 2010 12:19:25 AM
Thanks everyone!
I love looking at them whenever I'm having a less than perfect day. You just can't help but smile! I'm glad they are bringing smiles to others as well. Smiley  [And helping to promote the BJD bug ^_~]
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Seriously Cute Crochet BJD Hats *image attack* on: September 02, 2010 08:39:40 PM
Thanks everyone! Glad you like them as much as I do. Cheesy

OMG!!!! Sooo cute!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the moogle!!! My 2 yr old DD dressed as a Moogle for her first Halloween and for Fan expo!! <3 and those dolls-- so freakin' cute!! do you mind my asking what type of doll they are and where I can get one?!?

They are Ball Jointed Dolls from Korea. Mine specifically are Littlefee from Fairyland. You can easily do a search for the company name and it should come up. I love love love them, though they are a little pricey for anyone who isn't familiar with these types of dolls. Worth every penny though!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Seriously Cute Crochet BJD Hats *image attack* on: September 02, 2010 07:56:22 PM
I've been crochetting random projects on and off for about 2 years now. Alot of the obsessively adorable fluffy stuff I LOVE to crochet, I just can't wear (for some reason wearing cute animal eared hats isnt seen as professional these days D: ). Since I'm still a few years away from having little ones to torture with obnoxiously cute outfits, when I got my first BJDs the big lightbulb over my head lit up. Cheesy

For a few weeks I worked on a base pattern and a bunch of different ears and now I have plenty of adorable hats and tiny little mittens. They've become somewhat of a "hit" around here and now my neice is screaming for a hat and little coat for her webkinz hamster, haha.



It all started with a Dino...


But I couldn't leave out mighty Dragons!


Or adorable bears and all their cousins.






And kitties are always cute...


Then my boyfriend suggested moogles, being the gamer that he is.




I highly recommend to anyone with BJDs to take up crochet because it's really fun to work in this size! I hope you all enjoyed my work, despite the image spam. They really make me smile, so I hope they brightened your day a bit. <3

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: 175 Amigurumis on: September 02, 2010 07:39:57 PM
Oh man! That's alot of crocheting! I would have had raw fingers by the end of that, haha. They all look really good and extremely professional. Good work!

You really deserve some kind of award for that level of dedication Cheesy
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Minimolt, World of Warcraft Gnome. on: October 08, 2009 05:51:54 PM
Nice job! I was especially excited to see this because I'm currently working on a stuffy of my boyfriend's lock! Smiley I love the toes.
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Lamb on: July 28, 2009 11:58:36 PM
Squee so cuddly! I just want to snuggle it. What yarn did you use to make it so fluffy?
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