Tuesday, March 14, 2017

More Gelatin Plate fun

Reading up on how to use the plate better - and having fun - currently using a better quality acrylic - liquitex  for now but going to try the dollar store paints - and Americana tole paints as well - and this will lead to my glass I am hoping to use enamels on the gelatin to glass squares and see what happens - excited about this  part - just wishing the weather was warmer
this one I took a 2nd pull from same colors after I took the first image and then took the stencil off 

this one I did two colors then set  images I cut from my stencils and placed them on and then brayered another color over so you can see the silhouettes  

this one I used two colors and a brayer and set my stencil on and got the resist image 

I am noticing some little tears in the gel - but Like I said if it gets bad I can remelt it and maybe get it level this time and the glycerin keeps it from  going bad (so I am told) so this prototype is to see how long it will last - I read some where they have had theirs for over a year and half - using , remelting and reusing and so far so great

I made such a huge piece - 10x 15 ?   so I could use full pieces of 8-1/2 by 11 sheet -

the cost to make this size was  about 22.00 for all the materials which were glycerin and knox gelatin  
 I wanted to try it out and see if it was worth it  (and it is )

now the real gelli plates cost  for a 12 x 14  3/8" thick is 65.69 u.s. amazon canada has one for 88.00 plus 30.00 shipping  so 128.00 cdn

so the 20.00  is pretty great  although the gelli plates are made from a

I do want to make a smaller one  more like 5 x 7  but I am going to find the storage box first - I lucked out on having the rubbermaid flat cake tray that fits this large piece beautifully

they also have round and square ones too -

so the recipe again is :

find a container you will use -(plastic or a non stick surface  so it pops out easier )  you want about  3/4" deep is best - make sure it doenst have a center mark - you want a smooth bottom as some people reverse these and use the bottom instead of the top -  even a baking sheet - its just hard to move after being full - but its was going to be my first choice till I found the huge pan with deep sides -
set it on a place where you can see if its level  or the fridge shelf - check if level - it can sit out to set but takes longer

so pour water into the container  measuring  to see how many cups to get a thick piece

so making my  9 x 13  I used 4 cups of liquid
so 1/2 is boiling water and 1/2 is glycerin
and the ratio of gelatin is  2 tbsp per cup

4 cups liquid total
2 cups glycerine
2 cups boiling water
8 tbsp  gelatin powder  (I just put into a container and scooped ) but it worked out to 10 packets

in a measuring cup
pour 2 cups of glycerin
add the 8 tbsp of knox gelatin powder and mix - and mix till it looks thoroughly mixed

I had a big measuring cup but I moved the glycerin and gelatin mixture to a bigger mixing bowl so I could mix it well without spilling  ( I have one of those betty crocker red mixing bowls with a spout and handle )

then I poured in 2 cups of boiling water and mixed and mixed - you need to disolve all the gelatin - which has a tendency to go t the bottom of the bowl so use a spoon and keep mixing and checking to see if anything at bottom of the bowl

once done just pour into the  container you want to set you gel in

now next time  I am going to put a bit of baby oil around the edges to see if I dont have to use the knife - not that it did any damage (they say you can use baby oil to clean up the  surface as well )  you dont need on the bottom as it lifts off the base

now some say t leave out - some just pop in fridge - the fridge sets faster
I left overnight  till when I got home from work just to be sure it was set

I used an exacto to go around edges as its thin worked fine -  thinking maybe baby oil will keep it from sticking  but you need to raise one corner to release the suciton  - if you screw this up and cut it or tear it into pieces just put it back into your mixing bowl and put into the microwave and nuc it till its liquid again and repour

so far its great - I just dont know what I'm doing in the way of painting and colors as yet but there is a wealth of videos out there to get a gel plate

I want to use every night for a week just to see what happens to the gel plate - but again for what I am doing I dont want to spend 120

so still playing with this ongoing tester

I may make a smaller one too with the leftover glycerin and gelatin I bought - and I found a rectangular glass container about 5 x7  which may work very well

Monday, March 13, 2017

Trying out the gelatin plate

So got to try out my gelatin plate I went around sides with exacto blade and it came out pretty easily once you released sides Of course I thought I had it level but no its thinner on one side pretty flexible when handling Found the perfect container a rubber maid flatware cake container Let's me set paper under the bottom so I can see below Tried a tester worked great I'm total new to this and love the way it lifts the patterns I'm a bit heavy handed with the paint Clean up a breeze as its acrylic and can wipe the gel clean with a baby wipe Although I see I was also heavy handed rolling with the braver and pushing the paper down Good news is clean it and put back in pan and heat it up and it will melt and reset again

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Homemade Gelatin plates for printing

Well I finally made the jelli plate for printing came out cool haven't taken out of pan yet first time I've actually used Knox gelatin but it's for print making a 4 cup mix 2 cups glycerin 2tbsp per total liquid so 8 TbSP of gelatin mix then add 2 cups of boiling water mix till all dissolved then pour in pan and let gel so tomorrow night I'll have my jelli plate ready to use Depending on your age you may remember something called a hectograph when I was young we used to use them to make multiple copies from there was a purple sheet you wrote on then applied to the gel and ran your copies from it This sort of same apply your paints and made great prints

cant wait to play 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My First Art Journal class -

Was a blast - of course I had to drag just about everything with me - my card making and scrap booking  tool kit  plus boxes of other things - paints, sprays etc

But I did my first Journal page - using  acrylic spray paints I made from dollar store acrylic paints and put into  spray bottle from the the dollar store -
Used the paste I made up and clipped some images and had a lot of fun!

the teacher also made up a cute card using our page 
and my grand daughter  created her own images by drawing them all 

all in all a great time was had 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Getting Ready for An Art Journaling class Next week- making my own texture past

I have a lot of stuff and want to use it in some sort of other secondary use and have always wanted to try art jounaling
Had to make some texture paste 

So  I booked myself and my older grand daughter into a class next Sunday

Of course the list  to bring seems endless - although they would have materials there - but going it through it
Art Journal - any sketch book will do -check
White Gesso - might make my own  but I know there some in this house somewhere
Gel Matte Med - not sure wht it is but will need to purchase
Acrylic Paints - check
Black Permanent stamp pad - check staz on black  and I have a white one too
Paint Brushes - check
Pallet \Knives- check
Water Color pencils - cant find - searching I know their here
Scissors- check
Water color paints - check
Water color crayons - oddly enough - check
Heat gun - check
Black and white  uniball - need to find
cc for scraper - check got lots
baby wipes - check
paper towels - check
water mister- check
color sprays - need to check this out if i really need or can make but maybe buy
charcoal pencils - check

and finally -  texture paste   - I have some but made some yesterday
1 cup baby powder (talc)
1/2 cup of white acrylic paint
1/4 cut of white glue
mix and I put into  a small mason jar

all items I had in the house so cost probably 3.50   and the amount i made probably cost if I purchased at least 4 times that much 12-15.00

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Paper - Nail Polish Flower Earrings

It actually feels good to start carding some things for this year - the actual process of making the paper flowers have bloomed (forgive the pun) into an actual item  and I love making them - its great to take a break from the other  glass, metal  beading process - it helps relax and makes me think about what I want to do next in glass.  I want to turn paper into glass  so  this week I will be starting to torch as the basement studio ventilation is almost back installed (or rather updated)

Paper flowers - coated with 3 coats of clear nail polish (nail polish is actually a type of epoxy coating that is much easier to work with than mixing and coating with two part epoxy - dries faster and just as hard )
The flowers are gued on using a two part epoxy (for best adhesion) to titanium  backs  and clasps - titianium and niobium are great for those that have reactions to metal  and I am loving the fact my ears are no longer sore at the end of the day as that is all it takes when I wear Silver, gold , nickel etc.
I make my own  cards - and piece them to place the Earrings onto
will put the plastic hangers on them so that they can be hung up - but they could also end up on the table top display as well - love to sit and watch tv and make at night lately - will probably make a few necklaces as well - after I make about 100 of these things 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Testing High Temp Fabric for fusing

I ventured to the studio and cleaned up some glass I spilled from a big box of scrap  cut some test glass  and started testing some high temp fabric I got (similar to lava cloth) - good to 1800F I typically go to 1465 on my bottles but did this test to 1550 you don't want to go full fuse as the glass would melt into the fabric and you would not be able to get apart - notes its similar to looking like fiberglass - threads etc  
 3600 is the thicker material
1800 is the thinner material

 I had two samples one thicker than the other slightly different pattern weave no other differences -

initial firing burns off any binder and it turns brown then back to white by the time you reach 1000F( vent kiln on initial fuse to 1000F)

starts off white 

starts to turn brown - gives off fumes - but it non toxic but good to have ventilation - I also took the plug out of the side of my kiln for venting up to 1000F
as you can see turns brown but by the time it gets over 1000F it returns to white 
when finished (as I only went to 1550 not full fuse as you dont want the glass to be embedded in the material) its back to white again - you can reuse till it falls apart - they say about 10-12 times but I will test it further - if you dont handle it and ensure its cool when removing pieces it should last for even longer 

 The patterns are great and I have enough to line fully my big kiln to place my bottles more efficiently 

Leaves a nice pattern on the back of glass makes it easier to glue bails on

Of course  you would have to full fuse normally your pieces first - then fire Polish on the cloth for the pattern- a nice finished look\

 so many things I can do with this stuff - you can even stack so you get the pattern on the face as well - similar to a canvas  to paint on or put frit/powder onto - going to have fun with this stuff -  you may see some up on etsy shortly for sale as I plan on buying a full roll and cutting it up for what I want and selling the rest