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« on: November 23, 2010 08:37:45 AM »

Hi there,

I am in the test phase of making some glass cab pendants with my photos, and I came across problems with gluing the photos to the surface of cabs (the photo-surface to the bottom of the cab).

I'm using Diamond Glaze and photos printed out in lab on photo paper.
My problem is, there are marks of unevenly spread glue left between photo and cabochon, and they are really vivid in certain angles. I tried pressing the photo hard to eliminate those, but it doesn't work.

also, I tried coating the photos with a thin layer of Diamond Glaze first, and then, after it dries, sticking a cab again with DG to it - it proves to be better, but there are some air bubbles left - also visible >____<

any solution to get rid of those?

I'll be grateful for any ideas and help ♥

cheers,

dorota.
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010 08:48:53 AM »

I've run into this problem often as well, I think its because the photo paper absorbs some of the DG unevenly and have been sealing my images with gel medium beforehand which works okay but can dull the picture a bit.  I saw this idea the other day on someone's blog (haven't tried it yet)....use clear packing tape to cover your image, burnish well with the back of a spoon and then glue it down.  It sounds like it might be an easier way to go Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010 08:56:36 AM »

use clear packing tape to cover your image, burnish well with the back of a spoon and then glue it down.  It sounds like it might be an easier way to go Smiley

sounds like something i will try out - thanks! :*

also, what gel medium do you use?
i have a small jar of Micro Glaze that was supposed to coat the image so that it becomes waterproof and doesn't smear, but it just leaves a "greasy" layer that never dries, doing nothing else at all. I found it useless :<
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010 09:15:05 AM »

I usually use Golden's matte medium, either soft body or regular because I have vats of it around Cheesy  It dries a little flexible but I'm not all that crazy about the brush marks that I can see.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010 10:31:08 AM »

I think most people use something like E6000 silicone-type glue to attach images to the backs of glass pebbles/cabachons, etc, but some may also use regular permanent white glue.  The DG is a permanent white glue too but "dimensional" and that may be doing something you don't want.

You might want to check out some of the instructions online for making "marble magnets" to see which glues they use and any tips they may offer:
http://images.google.com/images?q=how+to+make+%22marble+magnets%22
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2010 08:35:05 PM »

I make glass pendants and I have that problem too sometimes.  I think it has to do with using too much glue, ie Diamond Glaze.  I also read somewhere that the marks are made where the paper is stuck to the glass, as opposed to adhered to a layer of glue.  Try coating a thin layer of DG on your picture and use your finger to smooth it out.  Let it dry for a good hour and then put a little bit of glue on your glass, again smoothing with your finger to get a smooth, thin layer.  Then sort of float the glass over the image and when you get it in place hold onto the glass for a few seconds for the glue to set a little before letting go.  Let me know if this helps, good luck.
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