Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tips 001: About Diamond Glaze

Do you know that Diamond Glaze has many used? Yes it is. Adhesive, Coating, Mixable like the instruction on the DG.
Do you want to know what else you gonna make using Diamond Glaze? Okay, ill share you tips about using Diamond Glaze and give you some intro about my own experience on DG.
On my very first used of Diamond Glaze, I am not so satisfied about it, especially when i am about to varnish/coating my baked clay, because it makes my hand sticky, because of the Adhesive thingy and that’s not it, aside from sticky, if you’re coating so long, the shiny will gone and plus it begins to have a little white dirt/patches like when you scratchin’ a paper, so at first I am not so fond on DG, so i stock DG for a short period of time, but I can’t just stock it, my money will be wasted If i just stock and not using it.
So i try to experiment using DG. What I have found out and discover? This is it.
1. Adhesives/Sticky? - for me, it’s okay if my hand will stick sometime, but sticky really helps my works. Why? - DG is an adhesive type, Oh yes it really is. It’s indicated on the DG instruction right.
I used this DG as an adhesive on my works, like when I used magnets, paper images, or when you are trying to pin your work like the headpin, so it will also really stick on your creation or anything you wanna stick. And do you ever experience when after baking, suddenly your work just fall, like example the hair or the strap of the bag? DG will help you fix it too, well try to stick it with DG, it really works, just be patient to cure it, don’t use brush if you stick crack/fallen items, just drop a DG on it. Use brush if you use it to stick the paper images.
This is the sample of my work that I stick with DG. it’s effective for me, and none of my items fallen. :)
The baby faces
Paper clip………………………………………….The baby faces
Ref magnet………………………………………..Paper Images
Remember this: When you use DG to stick the paper, make sure yo spread the DG well, and.. don’t leave a little bubbles on it and don’t drop too much, coz the ink on the paper will spread too, it will be a waste. TIPS: drop a little on the clay where you gonna stick the paper, then use brush or finger and spread it thinner and stick right away your paper .
2. Coating/Varnishing - When it comes to coating, DG is really shiny.. and for the tips, if you’re coating a small item, especially for the chibi hairs, you really need a brush, well you will always need a brush, (but sometimes I also use my finger to coat haha!) Things to remember when using DG for coating;
  1. Use a Special brush ( i mean the quite expensive brushes) just to make sure it will not stick the hair of your brush on your works/creation.
  2. Drop a DG on your item, then spread it with your brush, when you coat make it a little fast, so it will coat very well.
3. My DG Expirement- This is one of the most i really love on DG, Tired using Resin, because it’s a little expensive or it cures a little longer. or don’t know how to use TLS to transfer a paper, well, you need a heat transfer paper if you used TLS or any other products and if you want a transfer paper like the most easy way transfer paper of Lisa Pavelka Inkjet. Also Fimo is great on transfer paper. They all really good to use and of course effective as well.
But if you’re looking for something new experiment or should i say much cheaper to use, DG will also help you.
Here’s my two TIPS for my experimentation about DG:
  1. If you want to have an images on your work/creation. Well, when it comes to TLS & If you know how to use TLS, then of course you knew the steps, like need a heat transfer paper and print an upside down/mirror images, then spread some TLS on your clay, then stick your paper image, bake it after baking, peel of the paper then you will have an image.

    But for DG, you don’t need to print a mirror image.

    STEP 1: just print your chosen images.
    STEP 2: Cut your paper images
    STEP 3: Bake your clay first with the desired shape of your image
    STEP 4: Put or drop of DG on your clay then spread it well to stick the paper on your clay, then there you have it.

    but.. you’re worry because paper will peel off when wet and it will looks like there’s a paper on it. Do not worry, here’s my second tips.

  2. TRANSFER IMAGES again? - but worry to peel it off or looks like there’s a paper on it. Here’s the solution.

    TRANSFER IMAGES + LOOKS LIKE A GLASS TILE = Perfect. isn’t it? How?
    Same as step #1. PRINT IMAGES & CUT, BAKE YOUR CLAY FIRST (with the desired shape of your image like square or tile). But the difference on the number 1 tips is this; MAKE YOUR PAPER IMAGES THINNER;


    STEP 1: Drop a DG on your print images (not on the back of your image), make it a little more drop then spread it gently without touching the images, How? Using your finger or any round small thing, or brushes (but not the hair brushes i mean the body of the brushes) or maybe use the tip of the bottled cover of DG.

    STEP 2: Wait to cure it about 3-7 minutes.

    STEP 3: After curing, on the back of the image, using your finger, put some water, then put it on the back of the image then gently scratch it to peel off the white paper. Be more careful when you scratch /peelin it off, don’t scratch it too much. When you see the white paper is already peelin’ off, means enough with the scratching and it’s ready to use.

    STEP 4: Now, put some DG on the clay and spread it well, remember don’t drop too much when sticking the images on the back so the ink will not spread too.

    STEP 5: Wait again to cure it, then there you have it, you have a thinner images on your clay. now you can coat it again if you want.

    If you are having a hard time doing the first solution, Here’s what i am gonna share. NO need to scratch the back of your image paper. All you need to do is repeat the #1 Tips step of DGexperimentation and we are gonna make a
    IMAGES + look like a GLASS TILE = Great Perfection. :)

    STEP 1: Print your chosen image

    STEP 2: Cut your paper image

    STEP 3: Bake your clay first with the desired shape of your image

    STEP 4: Put or drop some of DG on your clay then spread it well (no bubbles make it thinner) to stick the paper on your clay

    STEP 5: Then put your paper images right away

    STEP 6: Wait to cure

    STEP 7: After curing, put/drop DG on the center of the image (drop some more), gently spread it using your finger / any round tip material, of course Do not touch the images when you spreading the DG. Make sure it will look like a glass tile

    STEP 8: Then wait again for curing time.

    Here’s the work/creation I made that looks like a glass tile/ so no need to have a resin instead. (example: the center tile key chain)

    so use it after baking your clay and always read instruction.

    Hope I helped a lot about Diamond Glaze. There’s nothing will be lost if you try it. It always said it’s better to have a trial and error, then eventually, your works will be perfectly.

    Thank you guys. Till our next tips again. :)

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