Friday, 14 February 2014

Like waiting for the glue to dry...

I like a fast result, once I've made up my mind to do something.  Perversely, I can put off actually doing it for ages.  And, whilst doing it, I'm pretty patient with myself.  A good example of this will be the blanket I made from 9956,248 six inch crocheted squares. Which I'm going to unpick and re-do because parts of it really bother me;  I want the squares to be smaller and also one of the colours is wrong and I don't want it to be included and...well there we are.  
So...when double sided tape became acid free, I started to use it in preference to glue. Wet glue that is.  I had previously given up using the stick glues..after a 'front-dropping-off-the-card' incident at my parents home one Christmas.  Pritt stick and dry central heating - lesson learned.  I don't really have the patience for wet glue..all the drying and paper ribbling.  So I stopped using it. 
I did develop a passion for the glazes.  And the first in my line of vision was Diamond Glaze.  I guess that market is thoroughly cornered by Glossy Accents now, but the DG (as we used to call it) remains a fab product.  
Yesterday, I finished a bottle of Diamond Glaze.  it was a 14oz bottle, so quite large.  And it has worked its magic on spots and dots for over 5 years.  It was a white plastic bottle. To protect and prevent it from discolouring in daylight I expect.  Which of course meant I couldn't tell how much I had left.  
So I drizzled it over my newly decorated box, expecting to have to reach for the spatula and do some frantic spreading, just to get a protective glaze all over.  

And I drizzled.  And I squeezed.  It's hard work.  The bottle kept giving, so I kept drizzling.  It was running slower than I remembered Diamond Glaze to do, and I cheerfully put that down to thickening -  it has been on my shelf for so many years.


The part I neglected to think about was the possibility of accelerated drying time in such an 'old' product.  And so, as drizzle faded to splatter, I discovered that the original 'lines' were too set to work into a smooth, dimensional, superb gloss coating.  So now I have an artful drizzle topped box.  Am quite liking it actually, and will very possibly do something else to it.  After much procrastinating of course.
Meanwhile, I have a home for the unruly tapes, I have finished the old Diamond Glaze and the biggest bonus of all time - I didn't have to wait for it all to dry. 
That's a result!
This box was a Bratz doll wardrobe I believe.  I bought it for £2 from a Charity shop.  The lady was mystified, and asked if I had dolls.  I admitted that no, I did not, but I had lots of tapes waiting for a home.


Obviously, the lady was yet more mystified, but hey - she shouldn't have asked.  It's like trying to explain scrapbooking  - eyes glaze over and frankly, I just didn't have the patience!

Have a lovely weekend!

19 comments:

Helen said...

Diamond Glaze. now that takes me back a bit... wonder where mine is.! Love the box though, with your artful dribbles!

JoZart said...

Just dab some metallic foil onto the DG and it will pick up the glitzy film and look amazing. Sorted!
Jo x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Sometimes explaining the true need of your purchase just confuses people more. You should have told her you love dolls more than people and left it at that. The artful drizzle is quite interesting. I remember Diamond Glaze. I guess Tim cornered the market and that's why we don't see it around much anymore.

Belinda Basson said...

What I love is the photo where I can see the shadow of your hand as you take the pic, why do we spread our fingers out when taking photos....its a bit like lifting your pinky when you drink tea...a mere observation. Though I cant wait to see what you do with the drizzle.

Monica said...

I just finished up my Diamond glace and not sure what to buy next. I have a gazillion glues. It was my favorite.

Karen Petitt said...

I had one of those huge monster bottles of that a very long time ago lol! I love the idea of upcycling old toys to make crafty storage. I'll have to hit the local charity shops and think out of the box, lol, thanks for making me smile xx

misteejay said...

I love your storage box - the perfect home for all those tapes.

The drizzles give a fab texture to the lid - very effective.

Toni xx

Sue said...

Loving it.

Seeing all those Washi Tapes and ribbons makes me drool:)

Linby said...

Fab! Just say it's fir the grandchildren covers most things.
Linbyx

Nan G said...

Love the textural box top! Looks pretty cool inside too. See you Wednesday. :)

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I like the drizzles. They leave space for something else in between.
I am well acquainted with that blank look!

Krisha said...

I think I still have a small bottle of Diamond Glaze around here somewhere. If I find it I'll try your NEW technique LOL
I have found only one wet glue that I will use and have used it for years, dries fast and stays "stuck"

Great use for the doll case, and all that pretty tape!

Deb said...

Fabulous! Love what you did with the wardrobe and it holds a LOT of tape! Perfect!
Debxx

MaggieC said...

Pritt sticks do apparently still have one useful place. If you use sticky pads, then you can rub the Pritt stick on them before you position your topper etc, and it gives you a few minutes of moveability. Before you blame me for any failures, I have not tried it as I don't use and, in fact, detest, sticky pads. I saw someone advertising it on Create and Craft, so try it first where it does not matter. My main glue of choice is Pinflair Glue Gel (silicone type) and the photo glue seems fine too. The glue gel is great if you are doing decoupage as you can vary the depth of the glue to give better dimension to your work. It also mends shower doors and sticks all kinds of other things around the house. xx Maggie PS don't give these shop keepers any ideas that might cause them to put their prices up.

Kyla said...

Ah, I love glazes but they do have their downside. I personally love multi medium glossy as a glaze. Love your box.....who'd have thought its previous life eh!
Kyla

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

And now your box is true mixed media with lots of texture and character. I've tried to explain some of the weird things I've purchased at the thrift store, but have given up trying. I also get that glazed over look from them.

Stacy Sheldon said...

oh now, that is a really neat container for the tapes. I love that you can just pick it up and move it out of the way. I stuck mine on a rack and Im tired of dusting it so.. I think I am going to be hunting for a container sooner or later :) tfs!

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