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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / **Firefly Mirror and Mushroom/Butterfly Bowl - first battle with AcidEtching** on: September 22, 2008 11:39:12 PM
Ever since I can remember, writing has been the medium of choice for my artistic expression. It suits me quite well, but I have been itching for physical medium. I am very much in the experimental stages. This is somewhat awkward for me, as I usually don't go about flaunting my n00besity at things. That being said, I henceforth share with you my first attempts (which were made about 6 months ago, to be fair, just was too dang bashful before now to post):

An ugly, $5 mirror that has been lurking in my closet for two years finally became the victim for my first project.  After washing and drying the mirror, smoothing out the Contact paper (not so easy with the frame) to remove air bubbles, I wrote out a lyric with a finetip Sharpie. Obviously a rough guideline, I proceeded to cut away Contact paper for almost an hour, using a sharp knife instead of an ExactoBlade like some kind of sane person would use. If I were propperly equipped, this would have been an easier process. After the goo was applied and washed away, I was left with this:

(I held this like a pen, because I was just too stubborn to get a razor. Cut beautifully, for the most part. I would recommend it, if it didn't hurt so much towards the end)

My second attempt is with a glass...bubble (Dollar Store, baby!). I believe watching me do this must have been strikingly similar to watching a one-armed pygmy attack a tree with a noodle. The round surface makes Contact paper quite unhappy. My solution (after lining the thing in 1/4in strips and tearing it all apart in rage), was small inch squares next to eachother. Making a quick Sharpie outline for reference, I first made a freehand butterfly, then a mushroom. Used Q-Tips to apply the goo, which would be nice if they didn't leave bits behind.

I've decided that mirrors produce much better (read: shinier) results than regular glass, but I have a lot of ideas brewing for both. Also, if I quit being stubborn and go pick up some decent tools, I might actually have a decent outcome.

Any ideas and/or suggestions are welcome. If anyone knows a way to make Contact paper play nicely with round objects, I'd greatly appreciate it. If I can get that figured out, my next goal is to make a clear globe (like the mushroom/butterfly disaster) with fishies on it, then fill it with sand and gel...a fishbowl candle.
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