Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cabachon from Computer Printed Picture

This was yesterday's experiment.  I had wanted a button or cabachon for a lily of the valley block I am doing in a round robin and, of course, could not find anything like that in the stash. 
 I did manage to find a picture I liked on the internet and printed it out very small.  I took a large-ish plastic button, about the size of a quarter, and used white glue to attach the picture to the flat back of the button.  The picture is just on regular paper, by the way, not photo paper and it was printed on my regular inkjet printer.  At this point I used E-6000 to glue the front of the button to some firm cotton fabric so I would be able to attach it to the block. 
Next I looked for advice from the girls at CQI and another group of friends to see what I could use to give the picture a glassy finish and avoid the ink running during the process.    They had wonderful ideas to share with me but in the end I went with what I could find around the house since most of my stash is packed away in the trailer. 
I tested it on a scrap of computer printed paper and was pleased that the old bottle of base coat nail polish I found did not make the inks smear.  I also tested this Sculpey Satin Glaze and it did smear the ink.  So, on went three coats of base coat nail polish!  After that was dry, I added several coats of the Sculpey glaze to give the piece the thick glossy coating I wanted.  A word of warning though - best to allow a couple days for the glaze to dry thoroughly.  I didn't and should have!

So, here is the button sewn down to the block through the fabric showing around the edge.  Now for the beads!

And here it is completed! It was an interesting experiment and worth exploring again.  I'll have to see if I can refine the process more.

11 comments:

Marjorie said...

Wow, I am impressed, it is certainly an idea worth investigating further. Well done you! and thanks for such a clear explanation.

Ann Flowers said...

Wow Kerry was a gorgeous idea you came up with. I love it. What a really nice way to get a pic of something you can not find and need for a CQ. Yours turned out wonderfully:)


Ann Flowers
flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

Annie said...

Aren't you clever. Love the beaded framie. That's a great idea to keep in my back pocket for the future!

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing your experiment with us. How exciting that it worked out for you!! Sounds like another thing to add to my "to try" list!!

shawkl said...

You go girl! That's gorgeous!

Gerry Krueger said...

Turned out fabulous. A lot of the jewelry you see with old images are done just like that... but you are right you just can't rush drying those glazes or they stay sticky FOREVER!!!

I envy you getting away by yourself.... I could stand that ...just me and Morris the Mayhem...

Gerry K,

Gerry Krueger said...

ps...I should have added glue it to felt close to the color of your beads...no threads or raveling to worry about... next time!!! I have some blank cabs we could play with if you come visit...
Hugs Ger

Wendy said...

What a beautiful cabachon you made Kerry. I will have to try this method.

Shari said...

Great idea that turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing the process. I can see lots of potential for this and not just on CQs. Don't you love it when a plan comes together and works like you had hoped it would? Love the beaded frame, too.

Hugs, Shari

Rachel said...

That's an interesting technique - well done for working it out!

Cynthia said...

Kerry, this is great. I have copied these instructions to try on something of my own. I never would have thought of this - you are wonderfully creative. It gives you so many options you wouldn't have had.

Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia