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skeptis
« on: April 09, 2010 06:04:14 PM »

Made with recycled gardening catalogs and genuine vintage findings. I especially love the combination of old copper and blue-green foliage. I used a gel medium to glue to cab to the picture and E6000 to glue onto settings.
Blue-green Hosta leaves


Little green leaves


Ferny blue-green leaves of the 'Rue' plant

Little garden rings:

Plumbago ring


Begonia ring

Really small Lucite cabochons look like little jewels:

Little round leaves


Close-up of leaf veins

Added to other cabochons as accents:

Glued to a glass cabochon set in copper (brooch)


On a bird decal cabochon (pendant)

The only hard part is trying to avoid bubbles that sometimes form and are only visible after the gel has dried.


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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010 06:24:24 PM »

BEAUTIFUL. i love the begonia ring! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010 06:47:10 PM »

Those are gorgeous! Wow. I couldn't even pick a favorite if I tried.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2010 08:18:40 PM »

Beautiful work!

I'm impressed you have the patience to work with a medium that could bubble on you and be mean and sneaky enough to not show it until it all dried.

[oh the swearing that would happen in this crafty place if I tried that!  Angry ]
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2010 08:49:01 PM »

LOL - the bubbles are only a pain if you're a perfectionist since they don't alter the image so much as give it a silver looking shine at a certain angle.
I think the bubbles are caused by the gel that makes the paper shrink as it dries and so creates a small vacuum between the paper and Lucite. I'm thinking I could prevent the paper from shrinking if I glue it to the setting before the gel dries...
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2010 10:23:10 PM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2010 11:13:53 PM »

So pretty!
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010 12:32:57 PM »

Wow!
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010 04:37:13 PM »

I love the Plumbago ring it is so pretty and simple lovely work.
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010 06:24:56 PM »

OMG I want them ALL! So pretty
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2010 05:58:35 PM »

Absolutely WONDERFUL!! WOW!! I'd love to know where you find your bezel settings.
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2010 10:54:25 PM »

I love them all.  The hosta leaves on the first one remind me of a beetle's wings.
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2010 08:22:36 AM »

These are really beautiful i love the birdy!
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2010 03:32:39 PM »

thanks!

The settings, cabs and chains are all un-circulated vintage which I buy mostly from suppliers on Etsy.

I was also thinking that using a type of clamp might reduce the chances of getting bubbles - I'll have to try it.
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