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Join me each month as I answer your most common quiries about Craft Fantastic products! Do you have a question that you want me to address? Email me at!

March 8, 2017

Q: Dear Crafty, can I use glue in place of the Fantastic Jeweler's Dots? 
A: Most glues take a long time to set and because they stay wet they will sometimes cause the image to run. Plus they're chemical make-up may react with the inks in the printed images causing them to blur and discolor. The dots work perfectly because they do not need time to set and are extremely strong. Read this post on the blog to get the most from our Fantastic Jeweler's Dots and you will have sturdy pieces that last a very long time! 

Q: Dear Crafty, I have collected a lot of images over the years. What's the best way to organize and store them?
A: Here at the warehouse we use plastic shoe box storage bins with cardboard dividers. The bins are the perfect length to stand the sheets up on their sides. The dividers keep them organized by sheet or subject. The sheets are a little tall for the lids, but we use them so much for samples that we forgo the lids. It makes them easier to get to. 

Q: Dear Crafty, how do I work with the jump rings and the pliers?
A: The instinct is to pull the jump rings open, but then it's difficult to get them to close completely again. Instead, grip each side of the jump ring with the pliers and move one end up and one end down in a gentle twisting motion. To close, twist in the opposite direction. The metal has "memory" so this technique will ensure that your ring retains that nice round shape and that whatever you put on the ring is secure. "Pulling" the ring open horizontally usually leaves some sort of gap when you try to close it and squeezing the ring together will often compromise that nice, round shape making it look distorted or misshapen. Gently "twisting" the ring vertically is much easier and has a better finished look. Watch for a future tutorial on this topic.

February 8, 2017

Q: Dear Crafty, what types of images can I place under the glass cabochons?
A: All sorts of wonderful things! Our Fantastic Art Image Sheets work perfectly, but feel free to experiment with scanned copies of photos and ephemera, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, book pages, maps, tickets, a scrap from a beautiful shopping bag, etc! The options are endless and you can easily customize your finished pieces to the recipient.

Q: Dear Crafty, how do I print my own images from my home computer?
A: It's actually very easy! And fun! I have created an entire FAQ devoted to this very topic. Here is a link to get you started... Printing Images at Home. 

Q: Dear Crafty, if I don't like how my glass cab turned out, do I have to throw it away?
A: NO! There are no mistakes at Craft Fantastic! If you don't care for how your image looks under the glass cabochon, there's an easy fix. Carefully pry the cab out of the tray using a craft knife. Place the glass cab in a heat proof dish and pour boiling water over it. Let it sit for approximately 30 minutes. During that time, the paper and Glaze & Glue will start to soften and you can easily take your thumbnail and scrape it off the glass. Voila! Now you can start fresh and create that masterpiece!  

January 09, 2017

Q: Dear Crafty, can I use actual photos under the glass cabochons?
A: NEVER use original photos or artwork. Most photos have a glossy coating which will not work with the Glaze & Glue and the application of the glue might even cause the photo colors to run. Preserve your original photos and artwork by making copies or scanning them into your computer. That way you can make as many copies as your crafty heart desires and still have the originals tucked away in a photo album for all to enjoy years later.  

Q: Dear Crafty, are Craft Fantastic products safe for children to use?
A: Absolutely! We're proud to say that the Fantastic Glaze & Glue is acid-free, water based, and non-toxic. Safe for young budding artists to work with. Best of all, the process is so easy that junior Frida Kahlo's and Pablo Picasso's will quickly learn how to create their very own jewelry pieces. We do, however, recommend adult supervision. After all, it's no easy task to clean ANY type of glue out of clothing or carpets.

Q: Dear Crafty, are your glass cabochons really made of glass?
A: Yes! They are made of the finest, crystal clear, jeweler's quality glass. This ensures that whatever image you put underneath remains crisp and the colors stay true. In fact, the domed shape of most of our glass pieces will frequently enhance the image and colors. Though the cabochons have many beautiful artistic qualities, they are still made of glass and may break when dropped or mishandled.  

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