Monday, 28 February 2011
How NOT To Make a Glass Tile Pendant Part 2 - the Blue Rinse
The picture says it all... Just about everything is wrong with this pendant. A good reminder of what not to do.
First of all, it is pretty obvious that I used far too much Diamond Glaze behind the glass. In fact, I used too much behind the paper too. There is so much that it still looks wet, several weeks after making it!
Secondly, the blue... The whole picture turned blue!! The paper was one of my beautiful Chiyogami papers, bright with reds and pinks and golds. And now it's just blue. And this piece of paper was really really well sealed with a hundred layers of ModPodge! Any guesses what caused it? Yep, the tray. See the tray is bronze plated? Bronze and copper platings react with Diamond Glaze and the outcome is that your images will develop a blue tinge. Sometimes it is a nice blue tinge that can give your images a lovely vintage hue. This is not in any way nice:
Two things to do here: deconstruct and re-do! If this happens to you, just leave the pendant to soak completely submerged in water overnight. That will soften the Diamond Glaze if it hasn't completely hardened and you should be able to prise the glass off the tray by morning. Wash the tray and glass thoroughly and dry before using again. The tray will not discolour if it is completely submerged (as opposed to half-in-half out) and dried afterwards.
Before you use them again, one very important step - when using bronze and copper plated components, ALWAYS seal the trays well - so apply a good coat of ModPodge to all the parts of the tray that will come into contact with the Diamond Glaze and allow to dry. Then you're all set!