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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Glass Flowers

It’s Blog Hop time! The Sassy Blinging Babes circle of friends is having a blog hop this week. If you are hopping along, then you just came from Candace's blog. Doesn't she have some beautiful creations?  If you landed here and would like to follow the hop, you can start at the Sassy Blinging Babes blog or you can just start here and skip along to the next blog! I've got a list of all the participants with links to their blogs at the end of this post.


I’m sharing a tutorial with you as my contribution to the hop. I’m going to show you how to create some glass flowers using your papers!


What you'll need to make these flowers:
Cardstock or patterned paper
Flower punches or dies
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
Melting Pot
Tweezers
Non-stick surface
Heat Gun
Glossy Accents
Inks, glitter, embellishments as desired


You can punch or cut the flower shapes and sizes that you desire for you project.  Ink edges, spray with glittering mists and shape the individual flower cuts if desired. Don't assemble your flowers just yet.  Manipulate them as you would up to the point of assembling them. Set aside each individual piece.


Melt some clear UTEE in the melting pot.  Once it is liquid, you'll use the tweezers to dip each flower piece into the UTEE individually.  Be certain to cover the top of the flower piece with UTEE and then place on a non-stick surface.  If you've not worked with melted UTEE before, it will cool and harden very quickly.  It's OK if it is not a perfect glass look at this point, we're going to clean it up in a bit.

After you've coated your flower pieces with the UTEE and they have cooled, use small sharp scissors to trim any excess UTEE and use your heat embossing gun to clean up any blemishes or imperfections. If your flowers need a bit of reshaping, you can gently do so while they are still warm.

You should now have a nice consistent shiny glass look to your pieces.  And if you don't, not to worry, you can return them to the melting pot to melt the UTEE and reapply a new coat!

Once you have your flower pieces nicely coated, you can assemble or layer your flowers. Use some Glossy Accents to adhere the layers together.  You can also heat them slightly with your embossing gun if you'd like. This will melt the UTEE and help bond the layers.  Just be certain not to overheat at this point as the UTEE might drip from one layer to the next.

Now you can apply any glitter, Stickles, beads, pearls or gems to embellish your flowers. You can add them to your projects and enjoy!

I've created some "glass" roses from paper. I think I might make up a vase full as a Mother's Day gift!

The next blog in the hop is Shannon, stop by to see what she is sharing in the hop.  Be sure to check out what each of the Babes has to share, there is a lot of great talent in this group!

Here is a list of all the Babes that are on the hop:
Rhonda
Sarah
Candace
Shannon
Kelly
Shirley
Cyndi
Julie

Happy Crafting!

16 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous Cathy, those flowers are just devine, and you take such beautiful photos to demonstrate too!! Now to buy me some UTEE and a melting pot...hmmmm...

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  2. Oh. My. Goodness. These are GORGEOUS! Stunning, Cathy!! You've been holding back on us! I'm like Sarah...now I need UTEE and a melting pot!!

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  3. WOW Cathy, These Flowers are Gorgeous!! What a wonderful job you did! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Beautiful flowers....they look so classy: classy glassy flowers! thanks for sharing.

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  5. Gorgeousness!!!...Seriously, one of the prettiest creations that I ever-have-seen!

    Thanks for making our scrapbook world all the prettier, one page at a time! ;)

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  6. ok, those are incredible - WTG :D

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  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  8. These are totally stunning Cathy, thanks for the tutorial - I'll be trying these soon.

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing how to make these beautiful flowers. I will definately be making some of these!

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  10. These are so fabulous!!! And no big surprize that I have all the supplies to make these, and you can bet...I will!!!

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  11. WOW!!! The talent of all the Saay Blinging babes is amazing! Beautiful flowers!

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  12. Cathy I absolutely love your Flowers
    What a wonderful tutorial too..
    They are so rich in color and very creative..

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  13. These are gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing the technique with us.. now I'll have to get some UTEE!!!

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  14. Those flowers are absolutely fantastic Cathy!

    Thank you for the comment on my blog! I really hope you achieve your dream someday! That's a wonderful thing to want to do. I can't tell you how much Jordan has benefited from hippotherapy. She's been riding since she was 2.

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  15. These flowers are so pretty. Are they extremely fragile?

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  16. This technique is so cool!!!! Wow!

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