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« on: November 18, 2009 08:17:56 PM »

Hello, I tried making scrabble tile pendants with square pieces of wood instead of actual scrabble tiles. I used japanese paper, applied mod podge to the back to adhere it to the piece of wood, mod podge to the top, and then used DG3. They are not dry yet (I made them last night) but when I checked on them I noticed that the paper shrank.  Is this a problem with the paper, mod podge, or is it because I didn't use actual scrabble tiles?

any help is appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2009 03:16:33 AM »

its a combination of the paper and glue, not the pendant itself (the wood base, which reminds me i need to find my wood squares) depending on the amount of shrinkage, its totally fine to have a little wood peek through, but if its significant, i would try using a PVA glue or heavier weight paper...
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2009 06:12:49 AM »

I'm surprised that ordinary paper would shrink... perhaps it is the thinness of the washi paper or the inks that are used on it which I think are solvent-based (...I know that cereal box fronts will curl/warp a bit in if there's paint/ink on one side but not the other since that side shrinks a bit, and I know that postage stamps will shrink on the adhesive side).

I have this info from someone else at my site though: "Paper shrinkage has to do with what the paper is made of, and whether or not additives have been added to the mash to size the paper. most copier/laser printer paper has had additives put in the mash that protects it from shrinkage as well as the chemicals that copiers/ printers etc lay down upon it. That is why you don't find it shrinking."

If your wood hadn't already been sealed (with paint or clear finish), that could have made a difference somehow, so you might try sealing the wood before adding the paper.  
Or you could seal the paper on both sides (one person I know who uses washi paper uses gloss acrylic medium for that), then attach the (dry) sealed paper to the wood to see if that prevents the shrinkage.

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009 09:48:50 AM »

thank you both so much! I will try a combination of both suggestions. Thank you again!
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