Working at Aaron Brothers has exposed me to some very interesting new approaches to arts and crafts. Although they specialize in framing, my main interest is the art department.
I recently wrote about a product called Glossy Accents by Inkssentials, a Ranger company product line. Well, in that same line I discovered a product called Memory Glass. Basically, it’s a small plastic case that carries 2″ x 2″ sheets of glass for making crafts. Each case carries 24 sheets, and retails about 5.99. You can also find it at Michaels. For retailers in your area you can visit: http://www.rangerink.com/store_locator.htm
How do you use these?
There are several different things that you can do with memory glass. The product is geared towards charms that you can hang and use to enhance larger projects. The key is to be patient since you work on a much smaller scale. If you’re used to working with very large projects, it may be a bit of a challenge, however a change may be refreshing.
The idea is to preserve images, leaves, decorative paper, or any such items that spark creativity and place them between the sheets of glass. To keep it simple you can use two sheets and add something in between and seal it up or you can plan on layering imagery in between more than two sheets to create a more interesting visual effect. Once you have decided on the organization of your imagery or objects, place them carefully between the glass.
You are now ready to use Memory Foil Tape. This tape is a very special, sturdy and thin foil tape that is made by the same company to wrap around the memory glass. It can also be used for other projects, but it was cleverly designed so that you can wrap it around a few sheets of glass along the outer edge. The tape comes in silver and copper. It has a very nice shine to it, and gives the glass a very enhanced and elegant look. This can also be found at Aaron Brothers and retails at 5.99 per package.
When wrapping the glass, take the foil tape off of the non-stick paper and wrap from the roll, this will avoid cutting a piece that may be too short. Once you have wrapped it completely cut the tape with a pair of scissors. This will allow you to keep your roll in tact.
As a final touch take a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a paper towel and clean the surface of the glass to clean off any fingerprints.
From this point you can use your new enhancement for cards, collages, or even display in a miniature curio. Hope this is helpful have fun with it!!!
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