A big thank you goes out to my blog peeps who so kindly shared their knowledge and/or commiserated with me about my Charm Debacle. Lorri from Artivity gave me THE most important Clue of all. One must seal Ones artwork with Gel Medium or Modge Podge, especially BOTH sides of those tiny little words before adding the DG3. Better than an Oprah Aha Moment. Kathy, (who is blogless, shame on her teehee) sick with the flu, with her sidekick Keanu Reeves, talked me down off the ledge and came up a good link and added THE most important Clue #2, Apply Thin Layers with 48 hours of drying time in between. I guess I should have started at Easter, to get these Christmas presents done....teehee. Jennlui seconded Lorri's Sealing Step and reiterated using Thin Layers. Terri commiserated so wonderfully and suggested Tacky Glue, Lorri suggested EZ Pour Resin and Roberta swears by jewelers grade Ice Resin. Roberta also said keep the room cool and stay away from using feathers in the Ice Resin. I can only imagine how she came to that conclusion. I think she raided her chicken coop on a cold winter's day......teehee. These products sound fabulous, but in the Spirit Of Cheapness and Using What I Have On Hand, I passed on these ideas, but will store them away for future reference. Katelyn said I should Stay Away from what she tried, Clear Nail Polish. Hey, it's equally good to hear about What NOT To do!!! Robin was her usual sweet self and said she even liked the yucky ones!! What a good friend!! (Robin have you had an eye exam lately? call me...teehee) I found this cool video on youtube by John W. Golden:
So here are six successful charms except for one thing. The holes I punched are too big. But that's ok. After all this hulabaloo I'm still using them. The next set I'm just going to use a nail and hammer and not the cropodile thing I own but have used twice. Had to have it tho, didn't I?? sigh. Anyway my bro and s-i-l are both into antiques and Victorian things and I think they will like these.
So I am moving forward with my charms. Hey, don't forget to email me your address, unless of course you don't want one of these charms that look like a Fourth Grader made them now, after all your awesome Advice and Encouragement. teehee. Seriously, Thank you, oh so much. xoSusan