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I spent the month of September 2007 at the Los Angeles County Fair doing Make and Take Demo's A fun time was had by all and it was definitely more fun to do as a group. Families sat down to play or gathered around to watch their loved ones make an ornament.
I was a hit during the after Thanksgiving Dinner lull at our large family gathering (30+). As the table cleared I laid out the pigments and micas and everyone made 2-3 balls each. I had the grandparents in awe exclaiming, "I have never seen any activity that involved everyone in the room that was not food!" Even my 75 year old father and mother made 2 each!!
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Rotate, twist and turn your ornament until the inside of your glass ornament is completely covered with the Acrylic Medium
Excess solution causes the colors to bleed together and results in a grayer tone. This is a choice you want to make, not have happen to you because the ornament was too wet. If you see small puddles pooling inside the ornament, then you will get the bleeding effect. NOTE: If you love gray tones, keep the inside of the bauble slightly wetter by draining less time and using the bleeding of the colors to your advantage. You will learn a lot about how colors mix and interact.
Drips should slow to about 1 drop per every 3 seconds. This takes approximately 1 - 2 minutes.
If there are areas that look like they have an excess amount of solution, then concentrate on getting that puddle to drip out of the bauble.
For a more stable application of the pigments without excessive bleeding, let the ornament rest 2-3 minutes to create a semi-tacky surface.
You can allow the bauble to drain for 5-10 minutes and still have a viable amount of Acrylic Medium inside the bauble.
TIP: Hearts and other irregular surfaces will require more rotation and tipping to remove excess solution.
Iridescent Green interacts against pigments like an opalescent bringing a beautiful pale green glow to the bauble
Purples, Lavenders, Red Violets and Yellows, Yellow Oranges or Golds
Yellow, Iridescent Gold Mica, Gold Metallic Micacompliment with Pearl Luster Mica
Use a mini scoop or thin stick provided pick up a small amount of your 1st pigment or optional add glitter or opalites. (Tool choice will depend on opening size in bauble and the amount of color desired.)
NOTE: For better control of pigment placement, carefully place the stick or scoop through the ornament's opening and gently shake a few grains of pigment off the end of the stick or scoop. Repeat until you are satisfied with color coverage.
To spread the pigment and begin the blending process, gently swirl or tap the ornament.
TIP: Start with a light coverage. It is easier to add and impossible to remove.
TIP: A slightly heavier area of pigment dropped in one place will result in a dominate area of color. If the area is too extreme, the color field can be broken down a when adding mica.
TIP: Using the same directional swirling movement of the bauble when adding the pigment can result in very interesting striping effect around the ornament.
Add pigment & then gently tap and swirl the bauble to begin color blending
TIP regarding strong pigments:
TIP: If you find the colors are not moving to your liking, try adding a few drops of acrylic medium, note the operative work here is a FEW drops! Be careful not to add too much solution as this will cause the pigments to slump away from the sides of the bauble wasting the pigment. Once slumping starts it will continue and the bauble will dry with large areas of clear glass and clumps of pigment visible inside.
Note about Mica:
Micas adds the magical sparkle, luster and opalescence to the finished bauble.
Mica is the most economical element used in the bauble. It is a good choice for the final application of color which takes several scoops to fill in the remaining open gaps.
Mica helps to dry the inside by soaking up the remaining Acrylic Medium.
There are two types of Micas, Metallic Micas and Iridescent Micas.
YUK, You find that you really hate a color combination. Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. You will get better and better at your color selections as you experiment and find out how your pigments and micas work together.
Alas you can salvage a ugly duckling occasionally by letting it dry overnight. As the ball dries the mixing and blending interaction can turn an okay ball into something spectacular often in grayed tones.
Another trick is to add a FEW droplet of Acrylic Medium to activate the pigments inside the ornament and see what happens. The areas where the solution lands will wet the drier pigments and they will blend and spread across the surface. The darker deeper pigments will play a stronger role when wetted with this method. REMEMBER: To much Acrylic Medium and the pigments will slump off the surface, so gingerly add only a few additional droplets of solution.
Okay, what about that no hope bauble that did NOT look better in the morning. The following method works for 2-3 days after completion. NOTE: One bauble I tried to clean out after 3 weeks had dried to the point that the pigments flaked off in chunks. I had a narrow opening and was unable to shake out the chunks.
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