Friday, July 25, 2008

Time in a Bottle

Creating this shaker was a nice experience. I was attempting to create a mosaic design with a lead glass look. In ways I think I accomplished my goal. I then proceeded to cover a glass bottle with this cane. I was successful and it looked good. That was some ten or more years ago. I moved and the bottles stayed wrapped up in paper packed away in my garage. When I rediscovered my shaker it had fine hair line cracks. Glass does expand and shrink in the elements. Now the question is how do I combat that problem when covering home decor items that might experience element changes. I have recieved some suggestions, but I think my helpers need to see the item to understand the problem. So here it is.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Future by Another Name

Future has changed its name. I was lead to a link which stated that the makers of Future changed the name of the product to "Pledge with Future Shine." Now I can rest! No, I have started to test a new product - Minwax Polycrylic. About a month ago I used some of this product on a piece of polymer clay. It is still shiny and non tacky. That is good. I used my fingernail to do a scratch test. The finish held up to the test.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Had a wonderful year experiencing and learning a new job. With the new job I found it difficult to work with polymer clay. As a result I have not been able to create. Well the summer is here and school is out. I am playing with clay again. Yeah!

Shortly after I started playing with the clay, I discovered that I did not have much Future Acrylic to create a shiny finish coat to my beads. In my search for this old familar product, I was disappointed to find out that I could not find it. Now I am trying to find a new product. It is a tricky process. The polymer clay does not always react well with different products. So now I have to experiment to see if I can find a new product to use with my beads. Buffing large quanities of small beads, are not my cup of tea. I perfer to dip my beads in a solution that will create a durable shiny finish.

Now my quest begins.