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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Aleene's paper glaze on: October 22, 2011 08:22:52 AM

I hope this question isn't redundant, but basically, I am a big fan of altered art jewelry making and recently received some pendant trays that are too small for the pre-made stick on resin or plastic domes I have. Making my own resin/epoxy seems way too intimidating and involves way too much chemistry for me, so I don't want to get into that but I do have some Aleene's paper glaze to use up. Would that be ok for sealing images into the pendant tray? Is there anything I could put/spray on top to make them tougher and more water resistant? (By water resistant, I mean it's possible for me or a recipient to splash a bit of water on them while drinking or washing hands... obviously they're not for wearing in the pool!)

Also, some sites recommend Diamond Glaze as a superior version of Aleene's Paper Glaze for this sort of stuff. Does anyone know if Michael's Ontario stores carry that or would it have to be ordered online?

Thanks in advance!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to get into engraving? on: March 02, 2010 04:49:07 PM
Hi. I am wondering if there is any relatively easy and relatively inexpensive way (say, under $60 or so for the equipment) way to get started doing one's own engraving? I would love to be able to engrave my own (metal, wood etc) projects, e.g., jewelry and photo frames, and I would particularly love to do a few pieces with the phrase amor non vincit for myself and some of my non-romantic friends right now; I've also had similar ideas in the past, with different phrases or images in mind for other occasions. However, going to a pro for a few different pieces gets expensive and subjects you to funny looks if you're doing something eccentric as an in joke (....which I am). I am therefore wondering if it would be feasible to get some tools of my own and learn to engrave a bit myself. Does anyone have any idea if that might be manageable? I've no experience working with power tools, sadly, but I could afford a few little Dollar Store type picture frames to practice on if that would be helpful and not completely laughable/useless.

Any help would be appreciated as I'd rather learn a new craft of my own than have to cave and go to a professional. Thanks in advance.
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