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« on: January 05, 2017 05:59:02 AM »

I've been watching the youtube bits on making gelli plates.  To those of you who have made your own, what is your preferred recipe?  What do you like/dislike about certain methods and their results?  Is there a particular mold (pyrex casserole, jelly roll pan, etc.) that you would recommend?

There are some recipes with alcohol and some without.  Personal preferences aside, how does that make a difference in the gelli plate as far as its consistency, longevity, and usefulness?

Has anyone made gelli ornaments or smallish artsy doodads?

I've browsed this board and the info is most likely under my nose.  Any suggestions and hints are appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2017 09:09:56 AM »

Here is the recipe I use and like:
http://www.inatickle.com/homemade-gelli-plate/

The first time I made a gelli plate I used the version without alcohol or glycerin.  it was ok but seems fragile and kind of started to disintegrate quickly.

Then I made one using glycerin using the above link.  I like it a lot.  It's sturdy and so far has kept for months.  I do keep it in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap in large ziplocs just in case but I probably don't have to.

This is the glycerin I used

I made 2 gelli plates that measure 5"x7" and one that measures maybe 6"x9" (can't remember exactly) and I still had lots of glycerin left (but I also use it for my homemade face cleanser/moisturizer).
I have also used this brand.
I used rectangular pyrex dishes to make them in.  One of them I kept getting air bubble and all I had to do was microwave it a couple of times and let it reset.


I have not made one with alcohol but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

I have never used a true gelli plate but here is a site that talks about the pros and cons of gelatin vs gelli (she used a recipe without glycerin I believe but now the link she points to references glycerin and wants you to sign up for a mailing list and course)

So far I have only gelli printed on paper (cardstock, scrapbook paper, book pages, old calendars, magazines and cereal/cracker boxes)  And envelopes.
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2017 10:54:16 AM »

Also...in case anyone is interested in purchasing one...I was just in Michaels looking for stencils to use with my new (and very expensive Gelli-brand gelli plate) when I came across a different name brand gelli plate (the only difference I could see was that it was a bit thinner) for only $27.00!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2017 11:00:47 AM »

Also, I was watching you tube videos about gelli plates last night, and I don't know if this is correct or not, but it said that the homemade gelli plates only last about a week.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2017 12:02:12 PM »

Ladybugs - they only last about a week if you don't use glycerin or alcohol.

Mine have glycerin and are still going strong - I made them in June/July.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2017 02:01:46 PM »

Ahhhh....that's good to know.  It would suck big time to not use those things and have to throw the plate out after only a week! Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2017 04:28:35 PM »

Thanks bunches, ladies!  I've gotten my Knox gelatin and just need to get glycerin.

$27 is quite a bargain, much cheaper than the Gelli brand ones I've seen.

I'm looking forward to trying out the recipe and make one of my own.  Also I'd like to tinker with making other things out of the gelli recipe.  The OB/gyn office I worked at had gelatinous breasts for teaching breast exams, with different tiny hard things inside to represent lumps or abnormalities.  Some could be felt and some couldn't. 

I'm wondering if fibers, thin wire mesh, or other items could be added in the gelli  (supportive elements or artsy items).  Kidlets have science projects coming up and this is way cooler than oobleck lol.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017 04:04:50 PM »

I made a 6x10 inch rectangular gelli plate and a small round one with the leftover gelli goop.  Soon I hope to tinker around with making paper prints on them.  I loved string art and mixed media when I was in school, and can't wait to play.
                 
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2017 04:40:59 PM »

Can't wait to see what you create, JS!
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2017 07:14:34 PM »

I made a 6x10 inch rectangular gelli plate and a small round one with the leftover gelli goop.  Soon I hope to tinker around with making paper prints on them.  I loved string art and mixed media when I was in school, and can't wait to play.

They look good! You'll have a lot of fun
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