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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Re: Transfer gel lampshade on: July 02, 2009 06:39:41 AM
Thanks everyone! I used Omni-gel photo transfer gel which I bought online from Fire Mountain Gems...I've heard you can also get it a Michael's but I don't have one near me. The project was fun, I think I would try it again...the worst part was waiting for the coats to dry. But if I did it again it would probably go faster because I'd know what I was doing.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Transfer gel lampshade on: July 01, 2009 11:33:16 AM
I am so happy with the way this project turned out!



I've been wanting to try this project for a long time! I used photo transfer gel to transfer photos to a plain white lampshade. The photos were taken in Sitka, Alaska



First I printed copies of photos I wanted to use. Make sure they are the right size to cover your project! The makers of the transfer gel, however, suggest using high quality copies, as ink jet print outs may fade over time.





The gel is also a glue! I used wax paper or freezer paper to cover the table.



I applied the gel in three coats, allowing each one to dry. The first coat must be vertical, the second horizontal, the third diagonal. It took about half an hour for each coat to dry.



The images have to soak in warm water for ten minutes. After they soaked, I put them face down on a vinyl tablecloth.



While the images were still wet, I peeled away the paper from the back. This step was hard, as it came off in very small chunks. The directions recommend gently buffing the paper with a lint-free towel to wipe away the bulk of the paper.



I let the paper dry and then applied it to the lamp. First I applied a thin layer of the gel to the shade, applied the paper, and then painted another thin layer over that. Then I trimmed away a little extra paper from the top and bottom and folded it under! The gel is pretty sticky, so it holds well.



Finished!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Ikea Ikebana on: July 01, 2009 11:31:17 AM
This is beautiful! I want one!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Shadow Zoo on: July 01, 2009 11:29:58 AM
This is incredible! Can't imagine the patience it took to do this!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: A rose is a rose... on: July 01, 2009 11:26:38 AM
Nice...I hate dried flowers--this a great alternative!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Rainbow Collage Table Tiles (VERY image heavy!!) on: July 01, 2009 11:23:56 AM
Very nice!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Catalog Shelf on: July 01, 2009 11:22:28 AM
This is so great! I would never guess those were catalogs! I have to try this...
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Catalogue to cherry blossoms on: July 01, 2009 11:21:05 AM
So cute! There are so many cute ideas for this project out there!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: All Lit Up on: July 01, 2009 11:18:07 AM
Great idea!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: LOTS and LOTS of SPOTS and DOTS on: July 01, 2009 11:07:27 AM
This is awesome!
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