Friday, February 4, 2011

Diamond Glaze Around the World Bracelet

I picked up this 1970 map at a yard sale last weekend for just $1.00.  With so many projects on my mind, I'll never have too many maps.  Then I pulled out the last of my seven spot bracelet forms and a bottle of Diamond Glaze Dimensional Adhesive.

Have you ever worked with this stuff?  I'm loving it!  It takes
practice, and some projects turn out better than others, but it's so much fun. 
I didn't do any prep work on this bracelet form because I've used them in the past without any problems.  The sheet music pendant on the bottom is an example of what can happen when the Diamond Glaze reacts to the metal.  The pendant doesn't look too bad, but I made an entire bracelet from vintage parts and they all turned blue after they dried.  To avoid this, you can paint a thin layer of the glaze over the entire metal surface and let it dry.  Test any surface first if you're not sure.

Cut out the paper to fit the openings.  With a small paint brush, cover the back of the paper with a thin layer of Diamond Glaze.  Make sure the edges of the paper are firmly stuck down.  I usually let it dry for about an hour. 

When you're ready to fill in with the Diamond Glaze, always squeeze out the first few drops on a paper towel to get rid of any bubbles in the tip.  Never shake the bottle.  With even pressure, slowly fill up the opening making sure to cover the entire surface and all the edges.  Continue to add the glaze until a dome forms on the top.  This is where I get out my magnifying glass.

Oops, there's trouble in Paris.  The best way to get rid of a bubble is to gently tap
it or move it to the edge with a very small paint brush.  I tried using a pin, but it only moved the bubble around.  My eyesight isn't what it used to be, so I always examine each piece with a magnifying glass before leaving it to dry. 

The glaze comes out milky and will dry clear. The pads on this bracelet
 took about two hours to turn clear.  I didn't touch it until the next
day because I didn't need my fingerprints texturizing the surface.

Clear skies = finished product.  New York ended up with a tiny bubble in the center even after a quality control inspection.  Sometimes when they dry, the center will fall a little, kind of like a cake when it comes out of the oven.  You can add a little more Diamond Glaze to fill it back up, but I left this one alone. 

This is another version I made a few months ago.  This stuff
can be tricky, so sometimes I just have to take a deep breath and hope
for the best:)

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