Tips and Hints


GLITTERING EGGS WITH GLASS GLITTER:

Instead of 2 coats like I do regular glitter (see below for regular glitter tips), I flood the area with white glue and dump a good amount of the glitter into the glue, lightly pressing it in with my fingers. (It doesn't cut, but I wouldn't let children use it just because they might put some in their mouth.) This should give complete coverage, but you can add bits if you see any bare spots when glue is dry.
 
RE-POSITIONING/RE-PAINTING FIGURINES:

I removed the shovel with my cutting tool and then repainted the figure with acrylic paints and added some nail decoration flowers. They can easily be converted like this and made any color you want.





GLITTERING EGGS:
After much frustration at applying glitter to the outside of eggs, I developed my own method which I have taught at many shows. When applied correctly, the glitter not only won't rub off, you can't even scratch it off!

You don't even need to paint the egg when using a dark colored glitter. I use a flat brush as wide as the project will allow and brush on a generous (without drips) coat of white Elmer's Glue.

Shake glitter into this and let dry thoroughly. Brush off excess glitter with a soft brush and then apply second coat of Elmer's over glitter (Don't worry; it will look messy). Again shake on glitter, let dry, and brush off excess. This method is only for the outside of the egg. On the inside, I prefer to use Gold Leaf adhesive.
 
APPLYING SILK PRINTS:
Cut print in an oval, or shape desired, while it is still IN the package. This will avoid stretching your print out of shape.

Using my finger, I apply a thin, even coat of glue in the area where I want my print. I always use Sobo (tm) glue as it was originally formulated just for fabric. Holding print over egg until in correct position (it can't be easily moved once down), touch it in the glue in the center of your print. Working from the center, smooth it out. Use a damp paper towel to remove excess glue from around print, taking care not to wet and smear picture.
 
FOILING:
To foil using foil sheets:
Apply thin cording to area you want to cover with foil. Be sure braid dries completely. Cut foil piece slightly larger than area to be covered. Apply glue with a flat brush. For this I use either Sobo (tm) or Elmer's (tm).

Lay foil in glue and smooth with fingers. Next take a smooth, round object, such as drape stickhandle or pen, and start smoothing. All wrinkles will smooth and disappear. With the blunt end, roll the foil up tight to your cording. Using the cord as a guide, cut foil with an Exacto (razor) knife, and lift off excess foil. You may want to add a second row of cording if you have any rough edges. Another method is to lift the foil after it has been shaped against the cording, cut away excess with scissors, and reposition it back on the egg.

To foil using foil pictures:
Lift foil from card by running a warm iron on top of the foil to soften glue. The foil will slide right off the card.

Apply glue to egg (This step is sometimes not necessary if you use the print right after lifting it as the glue on back will adhere print to egg) and place print. Working from center, press out wrinkles with a round, smooth pen or brush handle. For some reason this doesn't distort the print. Add decorations as desired.


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