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« on: May 09, 2008 10:11:14 AM »

I made these for AlternaWidget in the Science IS Art! swap, and I'm so happy with how they came out! I used Diamond Glaze, with a cardstock backing on the paper to keep the ink from bleeding through and showing the magnet (I experimented a few times before I got it right!). These are from an old Webster's Illustrated Dictionary:



I decoupaged a metal biscuit tin to put them in (the stuck to the bottom, so it was the perfect packaging!):



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My favorite is the brain. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2008 10:17:34 AM »

Those are amazing!  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008 10:18:37 AM »

Those are amazing!  Shocked

Thanks - the images in the vintage dictionary are the exact right size for those large mermaid's tears (that's what I call them, anyway - they may have a more official name! Tongue). I can't wait to make more with different themes.
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2008 10:27:33 AM »

wicked! why can't i ever find dictionaries with cool illustrations like that!
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008 10:28:39 AM »

wicked! why can't i ever find dictionaries with cool illustrations like that!

Used bookstores (they're usually very cheap because they're "outdated!" and EBay! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2008 10:29:09 AM »

These are fantastic!  I love that you made custom packaging as well!
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2008 10:30:27 AM »

These are fantastic!  I love that you made custom packaging as well!

It was completely accidental - I stuck them in a tin so I wouldn't lose them while I worked on other things, and then I realized it would make the perfect shipping package!
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2008 10:41:32 AM »

These are fantastic!  I love that you made custom packaging as well!

It was completely accidental - I stuck them in a tin so I wouldn't lose them while I worked on other things, and then I realized it would make the perfect shipping package!

Gotta love those happy accidents!
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2008 10:48:34 AM »

Those are unbelievably gorgeous!!!

Technique question - so you put a layer of Diamond Glaze imbetween the "mermaid tear" and the image, then the image and the backing, then the backing and the magnet? I've just been using "Tacky" glue so was curious.

Thanks! I'll be keeping my eye out for old books now. Cheesy (Actually, I've been debating cutting up my old chemistry book...perhaps I will now! Grin)
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2008 10:54:31 AM »

Those are unbelievably gorgeous!!!

Technique question - so you put a layer of Diamond Glaze imbetween the "mermaid tear" and the image, then the image and the backing, then the backing and the magnet? I've just been using "Tacky" glue so was curious.

Thanks! I'll be keeping my eye out for old books now. Cheesy (Actually, I've been debating cutting up my old chemistry book...perhaps I will now! Grin)

I traced the images for each individual tear (as they have different shapes), cut them out, and used a little drop of Diamond Glaze (which I like because it's clear and strong) on the image and pressed down the tear so that the entire surface was covered. I'd let it sit just until it almost stuck to the newspaper on my workspace, so I knew it was fully covered. Then I'd flip it over and let it dry, and then put a VERY light coating of the DG on a circle punched from an index card (too much and it would soak through the old paper, which is really soft and absorbent) and let that dry face-up so the weight of the tear would help it stick. When that dried, I used Gorilla Glue to glue the magnets to the card.

Sorry that's so complex - I experimented a LOT before I found a method that didn't make the ink on the back of the page bleed through, or didn't show the circle of the magnet through the paper. I was thinking of making a mini-tutorial for these, just because working with the older paper is a bit harder than glossy magazine paper, I've found. But then I thought it might be too "simple" to bother with a tutorial...I may do it the next time I make a new batch, though, just to save people the trouble and materials with experimentation.
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