[identity profile] cygnet7.livejournal.com
This is my first time posting after much lurking. : )  I am wanting to use ye olde Mod Poge to cover flat metal pieces as are used in stamping with paper prints. I haven't done decoupage in *years* and never in this sort of application. Any pitfalls I should watch out for? Many thanks in advance for your help!
[identity profile] mysticrebel.livejournal.com
Beer Label Coasters:

I had too much time on my hands when I found myself thirsty for the sweet taste of Michigan. So, I took action to remedy three birds with the same bandage.

Materials used:

• synthetic brush
• glue
• varnish
• felt stickers
• floor tiles
• beer labels





Step 1:
Drink a six-pack of beer.
(If you are a person on a tight schedule, like I am; I recommend combining step 1 with step 2)

Step 2:
Drive to the home improvement store.

Step 3:
Purchase synthetic brush, felt stickers, glue, clear gloss polyurethane and tiles of various size and color to match your labels. My tiles range from 3½ - 4 inches.

Step 4:
Peel label off beer bottle and glue to chosen tile. I used the brush to ensure an even spread of glue and applied pressure with a rag for a clean and flat adhesion of label to the tile. Let glue dry.
 
Step 5:
Coat label and tile with a coat of polyurethane and let dry. This will protect as well as make it look beautiful. Let dry and repeat step five to your liking. Personally, I did two coats of varnish on my coasters.

Step 6: Apply felt stickers to each corner on the back side of the tile. This will protect your furniture from being scratched by the coaster. (To be even more resourceful, use a straight edge to chop a wine cork and apply glue to adhere to the four corners of coaster)

Enjoy your coasters!
and in all serious, do not drink and drive. Be responsible!
[identity profile] mizmalice.livejournal.com
Hey everyone,

I recently posted here asking about the best way to paint a plain ceramic piggy bank for my brother's Christmas present. I eventually found some ceramic paint and with only half a week to go until Christmas I finally got it done.



Next time I'd probaby give myself more time to do it and use a better quality brush.

More Pig pictures ahead )


I also made a tea cup pincushion as a Christmas present for a friend. It was super easy and it was a good way to use up an old teacup.



Also, it seems I need some more help. I've got these cheap shelves that are super ugly. And I sanded them down and primed them and I was going to decorate them with wrapping paper. I cut the paper a bit bigger than the panel I was going to cover and I painted a square of decoupage medium down and laid down my first bit of paper. I then painted the next bit of shelve and tried to flatten out my next peice of paper. I did this for the whole panel and it failed horribly. The paper wrinkled and I tried to smooth it out and just tore the paper. I tried to cut the paper smaller and use less glue but it still failed. I have just enough paper left to cover the shelves and I figured I'd ask here since you guys were super helpful last time.

Pictures of Failed shelves behind the cut! )

I tried to tag this post but LJ wouldn't let me.

Thanks all, (I'm sorry if this is super long).
ETA: Fix a few spelling mistakes
[identity profile] dystopianutopia.livejournal.com
how does mod podge and colored tissue paper mix when being put onto cardboard? onto wood?

i just wonder if the colors will bleed together. i want to start making decorative boxes with homemade soaps in them as presents and i think the tissue paper would make a good base. thanks in advance.
[identity profile] creativetaboo.livejournal.com
Hello fellow crafters!

I have this pair of purple shoes that unfortunately bore me to death. I had this great idea to decoupage pages torn from an old 60's smut sci-fi book (I have a pile of them laying around...don't ask) and then seal them. However, when I started layering it using Modge Podge, the dry effect was crumply and uneven. Is there a better way to do this? Or if not, how would I go about perhaps putting fabric over them?

So it's not just empty words: Click-Click for More Fun! )
[identity profile] prema.livejournal.com
As a Christmas gift to the kids of our Sunday Virtues class in the community, I thought it would be cool to let them decoupage their own keepsake wooden boxes. But I've never done it myself!

So far, I've bought several finished and unfinished wooden boxes from Goodwill and Michaels, and thick brushes. For decoupage finishes - I have Royal Coat Decoupage Finish (Antique) and Aleene's Instant Decoupage Finish (Glossy).

And now craft-experts, I need your advice!

1. Apart from fabric and paper cuttings, is there anything else I should provide? Is there a topcoat (or bottom coat) that's necessary with these products?

2. The Royal Coat Finish mentions that it takes 4 weeks to cure. What does it mean by curing - would the item not be usable, or should not have contact with water? The decoupage finishes are water-based, should I advise them not to let these boxes get wet?

3. Any tips? :)

(I've read the memories, but am looking for any other tips on timing or duration of drying between finishes, etc since it'll be done during a 2 hour period and with teenage girls from 12-16!)
Thanks so much!
[identity profile] alice-curiouser.livejournal.com
I seem to remember hearing once that you could thin Elmer's Glue with water and use it in place of Mod Podge in decopauge. Is this true, and what glue/water ratio do you use? Thanks!
[identity profile] elementa.livejournal.com
I've been reading up on decoupage - and a few people have suggested using acrylic medium instead of decoupage medium. That's cool because I just bought some gloss medium to play around with...but now I have some questions.

The gloss medium jar says it dries flexible and water-resistant. Does this mean I need a separate sealer if I want to do a tabletop? If so, what kind - jar says "don't use with varnish or oil based paint". Would a water-based polyurethane be ok (if even needed)?

I think I want to add a metalic rub to the surface - should I do this over the paper being decoupaged or over the acrylic medium layered over the paper?

thanks in advance!
[identity profile] americnjewl.livejournal.com
I want to decoupage (sp?) coasters and then waterproof them. So how can I waterproof them? I have Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic protective clear coating. It says that its fine on ceramics, painted surfaces, etc...but is there anything that might be better?

Also, if you're planning on doing this don't forget to put felt or cork on the bottom so you wont scratch the tables!

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