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« on: September 02, 2015 05:58:24 PM »

I thought I was doing a great buy when I got a roll of -what I believed was- transparent clear contact paper in my local dollar store equivalent. I wanted to use it to laminate my books for the new academic year.
At home however, I discovered that the contact paper wasn't the glossy, glass-clear type that would be suitable for this (and a plethora of other crafty projects); no, I had gotten a roll of grainy, translucent but matte stuff. It had been packed in glossy foil, and the tag said "transparent contact paper", so I had no idea it would be bad…

(I pulled out a corner so you can see what I mean. Not glossy, not fully clear. *sigh*)

Anyway. What can I do with this? It seems like such a waste to throw out an unused roll of contact paper, but I can't think of anything to do with it. All projects I know that ask for this stuff require the glossy kind.

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2015 07:24:57 PM »

First, have you actually tried putting it on some text (or whatever you're hoping to cover)? I know I've gotten contact paper before that has a milky look to it, that comes out very clear when you actually put it on what it's supposed to be covering up.

If that doesn't work out, contact paper is awesome for using as a mask for screen printing, stenciling, or other things of that nature.

Or worse case scenario, you could do something cool like this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/220606081723760722/

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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015 07:25:58 PM »

I think it would be great to cut out a pattern or letter and then have the paper or fabric underneath show thru and then be blurred by the paper...

You could also cut out designs and make things look etched?

It looks like the stuff I have put on some of my windows to make them more private and yet let light through...
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2015 07:33:25 PM »

Totally agree with sheepblue - try it first to see how clear it is when placed on the surface.  I have used it for cutting stencils/making masks.  I will use it for stencils for etching glass using etching cream to decorate glass surfaces like mirrors.

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2015 02:28:54 AM »

I've tried it, and it is indeed a bit more transparent than the picture makes it seem, but it's still matte and grainy. And yes! It does look a bit like translucent privacy foil! (That was the first thing I thought when I opened the package, that I had accidentally bought a roll of privacy foil xD)

I hadn't even thought about using it for stencils, that's such a good idea!

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2015 05:05:56 AM »

You can make stickers from it. Burnish onto printed material like magazine pictures, letters, words. Really rub it down with the back of a spoon or burnisher. Then soak in a pan of water and rub off the paper. Get it all off (or as much as you can). The ink remains. When dry it should be sticky again. We used to do this as kids. Clear packing tape works the same way. But I like the contact paper's more matte finish.

But it should still be fine as a book protector. No need to be absolutely clear as you know what the book's about!

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2015 07:30:19 PM »

Oooh! I love the sticker idea! That sounds like fun!
I was wondering if you could use this for cutting out stencils...rather like the freezer paper stencil method, but without having to iron the project? Just a possibility...

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If it's visible enough you could cut out snowflakes and other patterns for stick on windows (or anything really) around Christmas.

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2016 01:54:02 PM »

You cut out designs you like with the contact paper, paste them/it on a t-shirt and spray bleach on top...

Bleach designs are fun. Here's some I did with Contact paper:



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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2016 12:17:56 PM »

These are all good ideas.  I although though of using it as a stencil, for etching.  I might try the sticker idea myself.
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