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« on: August 06, 2007 08:01:38 AM »

I want to make my own snow globes out of recycled glass jars.  But the items I want to add in them have to be impervious to liquid.   Huh

Naturally I'm thinking a thin plasticky-type material that can be cut into shapes or perhaps inkjet printable.  Something about the size and consistency of flake stickers.  Shrinky-dinks came to mind but they might be too thick and heavy to float around the snow globe liquid.

Any ideas from the lovely ladies and gents of Craftster?

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2007 11:07:53 AM »

   Hmm,  there are many different thicknesses of clear Mylar.  Some a lotthinner than shrink plastic.  'Tap Plastic', a plastic fabrication store sells it by the foot for well under 1 US dollar for the thinnest, if I remember correctly and plastic hasn't become endangered.  Also try a blueprint reproduction and graphics store.  They sell it, too.  I haven't tried printing on it, but that's what they use it for at the blueprint store.  Maybe they can give you some tips?
   Be sure to check out the cool prismatic and holographic glitters at the craft stores.too.  They have some fantastic spark to them.
  I hope you let us know what you come up with.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2007 06:50:33 PM »

Try Skulpe or some sort of clay. but it might get soggy...
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2007 01:41:40 PM »

Thanks for the advice all!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007 09:43:19 AM »

No polymer clays will get "soggy" in snowglobes (because, unlike air-dry clays, there's no water in them --they're oil-based) so they're fine to use inside water globes.  Some of the darker colors can appear to get a little lighter after some months of exposure, but there are water-related things you can do to prevent that if you want.

One problem with floaties in water globes is not only the permanence of their color (e.g., inks which will come off and/or color the water... BTDT with one type of seed bead or glitter; can't remember which), but how well they float and their sink rate.  Some will float completely so travel too quickly back up to the top of the jar, and some will fall back to the bottom too fast.  Those that are Just Right will float just enough to make them settle very slowly after shaking.

Flat-ish sheets or flakes of various plastics will usually float if they're not too heavy, but the best thing I've found is to just audition all kinds of things to see what they'll actually do in the water or water combination I've chosen (I've used a bunch of different things in some of my globes). 

Polymer clay can be light or heavy depending on its total weight, but you can also make some polymer things hollow so the air inside will make them float, or put something inside them that floats... or the new Sculpey Ultralight clay will float on its own (in that case you might have to weight it a bit inside so it will fall).

You might want to check out this page at my site where there's a lot of info on making snowglobes (with polymer clay as wellas other things) as well as various types of "snow" that work well, for info on some of these factors:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/outdoor_snowglobes_fountains.htm
(....first half of the page is about waterglobes)


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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2007 01:47:16 PM »

Diane B, thanks for the links.  Your info is exactly what I was looking for!  Smiley Kiss
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