What do you think these little jewels are? I was going for a dried cranberry. Did it work?
This was my workspace as I was making these little jewels.
Would you believe, they are crumbled up bits of a Coldwater Creek catalog?
The basic ingredients are :
- Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
- Glossy ad or catalog on shiny paper--Pick some colors you like!
- Parchment Paper
- Melting Pot
I still need to figure out how to apply them to my quilts ... Glue (GemTack?) or other adhesive? I'm thinking a hot needle would melt the UTEE again enough to pierce a hole though it.
One thing about these little gems is that you can't iron them--the heat will melt them, and you'll have a gloppy mess.
Here's what did NOT work with this little experiment :
This little potpourri cooker never got hot enough to melt the UTEE--even after 2 hours. Good thing it was only a $1.79 purchase at the thrift store. I was hoping it might be comparable to Ranger's Melting Pot. Be advised--it won't work for melting UTEE.
Next, I tried a little candle burner with a little potpourri pot. This also did not work very well. The candle flame seemed too concentrated in one place. I was hearing cracks and pops and afraid the whole thing would break and really make a mess ...
What worked best : putting the little black crock pot directly on the gas stove over a slow, simmering flame. All the UTEE melted in less than 5 minutes.
I'm hoping to use the same technique to "finish" some rolled beads I made last summer. The UTEE can make them look like glass or amber beads. Stay Tuned!