Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dimensional Trays with Fantastic Glaze & Glue!

I love the look of dimensional trays using resin to suspend chunky charms and gems in it's clear base, but I don't care for the fumes and chemicals that tag along when using it. The Craft Fantastic Jeweler's Glass is such a beautiful and safe alternative, however, while the glass is perfect for showcasing photos and art images, it's not quite as useful for the chunkier bits. For today's project, I opted to forgo the glass and ended up with some lovely dimensional pieces.

Let's get started...

What you'll need

Assorted Craft Fantastic Trays -  Squares and rectangles were definitely easier to work with for this project as we carry perfectly sized art images to fit them making them easy to trim out.




Gems

Scissors

Stylus

There's not too many supplies needed for this project, which makes it easy to gather everything and get started. I made three of these pendants and by far the medium square and the long rectangle trays were the easiest to work with. The medium square images and the long rectangle images are perfectly sized to fit those trays. The large oval I trimmed out was more difficult. I ended up tracing a piece of large oval glass onto my image and cutting around it, then positioning it in the tray and pulling it out to trim off excess paper in tight areas. This took awhile, so I highly recommend sticking with the medium square and long rectangle to keep this project quick and easy. 

Start with trimming out the selected image. For this example I used a medium square tray and opted for a medium square image from the Paris Art Image Sheet.



Apply a thin layer of Fantastic Glaze & Glue in the bottom of the tray using the nose of the bottle to spread the glue evenly. 



Gently press the image into the glue using a stylus to push the corners of the image into place. Be sure to press the center of the image down as well or the image will bubble in the middle. Glue should ooze out from around the edges. 



Once the image is in place, apply another thin layer of Fantastic Glaze & Glue on top. Don't leave any bare spots, but don't go too thick either.



Now the fun part! Press your charms and gems into the glue and let it set. It will take a very long time for these to cure because of all the glue used (maybe days), but be patient and you will have something fabulous to show for your efforts in no time.  



Here's my finished piece. 



And a few more...



Give this easy project a try! In addition to charms and gems, imagine using tiny buttons, trims, little bits of lace, glitter, etc. to bring these special customized trays to life. I think I'll invest in the 8oz bottle of Fantastic Glaze & Glue just to be sure I have plenty on hand to make these fun pendants. 

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