Monday, July 14, 2014

Just a quick post to let you know about sealing the Gallery Glass.......

I used clear China Glaze Quick Dry Top Coat for nails, working quickly so as not to create blobs and streaks as it does dry very fast.

It worked okay but I still get a little tendency for the bottles to want to stick together.

If anyone comes up with a better solution, I would like to know.

Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Had a day off today so I played around a little.
On one I ran the lines around the bottle instead of up and down.
On another I dotted the bottle directly with the Gallery Glass.
I experimented with some alcohol ink in green on another striped bottle.
Alcohol ink gave it a vintage/aged look. My blue alcohol ink may be old or separated because I got a very spotty look with bits of darker "pieces" of color that look like little tiny chunks of something stuck to the inside. For some things we may want this look. Anyway, I will try again this weekend....
Just wanted to share with you all.....
Have a good rest-of-the-week!


Friday, July 4, 2014

You know those little bottles that some medications come in?
Well, I have thrown away a lot of these because I thought they are too big for 12th scale. They are a little shy of 1 1/2 inches tall. Even so, I have decided to do a little experimenting with a few of them and this is what I came up with.
I have seen 12th scale blown glass ribbed style jars/bottles and cannot afford to purchase them.
I used my pliers to carefully remove the metal rim and then trimmed the rubber stopper on the bottom to make it more lid like.
I then removed the labels and used alcohol swabs to clean the adhesive and any remaining label that wouldn't come off.
I ran lots and lots of lines of Gallery Glass clear onto some smooth plastic lids and let dry well. It does take a steady hand but if you squeeze and draw it across fairly quickly from left to right (if you are right handed) then you can get thin lines about 1/16th of an inch or so in width.
LET DRY WELL............
The next day, I peeled up a line and placed it on the bottle starting where the neck and "shoulder" of the top and ran it down the side and ended just under the bottom. Run your finger over it to make sure it is stuck well. The gallery glass does stretch when you are laying it so if your lines are a little wider in spots you can adjust it a little as you place it.  

The last picture shows my first attempt. I placed my lines too far apart and it didn't look right to me. My second and third  attempts are more of what I am looking for. Like I said these are rather large to use in 12th scale but pasta, cracker and cookie storage in the mini pantry does come to mind.
In my previous experiments with gallery glass my projects hardened over time and were not sticky. I still don't like to store items with gallery glass touching each other as it probably would stick them together.
Hope you will experiment with this idea and come up with some of your own ideas....
Have a great week!
(It is much more difficult to get the lines straight and an even width if you make them directly onto the bottles)