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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Plastic Microscope Slides/UTEE/Transparencies

Well, I have been wondering if my plastic microscope slides and my laser copied transparency sheets would melt in my Melting Pot. Now I know! :) I was pleasantly surprised how well they held up in the melted UTEE.
The faux soldering effect is very rough and could stand some refining on my part, but I do like the look. AND, I don't have to purchase a soldering gun and all the goodies that go with it! LOL!! :) These pieces are unfinished (what ELSE is new??!!) but I think they have potential for collages, my OODLES of microscope slide mailers, cards, pins, or.........?????
These are transparency images backed by some paper and sandwiched in between 2 plastic microscope slides. I just dipped the edges into the melted UTEE in my melting pot, lifted, let it cool for a few seconds and repeated on the other sides. If I got big lumps, I just gently melted against the side of the melting pot. These are the 4 out of 5 that I completed this way that I think are acceptable for projects. I did have one, uh, loser that will remain tucked away in a drawer for now.........
(Suze Weinberg demonstrates this technique with real glass slides and memory glass on her new DVD)
Ran out of plastic slides. (Ok, I really have more, but I was too lazy to find them in my little shop of horrors, I mean craft area...........)
Took some of the microscope slide transparency images and laid them directly into the melted UTEE. Lifted it out with tweezers and let the excess UTEE drip off. After it cooled, I redipped the edges. I don't really like the color I had in the pot for this, but I think these will work for sepia and/or vintage pieces. :)
These tend to curl slightly when cooling. You have to be careful if you press them flat after completely cooled .... the UTEE will crack--even with Flex added.
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7 comments:

  1. These are fantastic.... Soooo purty to look at.....

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  2. Hey Susan this is very cool!! Good to know they don't melt too! Love that about your little shop of horrors I have one of those too LOL!! otm@outsidethemargins.com

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  3. Susan - I love your blog! These are great! Where do you get all of your ideas? Marva

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  4. You've done a lot of dipping :) I have never played in this way with slides, only in the lab as a biologist, hehe. And we had a TON of those, my main work was microscopy. Now when I think back, I'd love to treat some of the images that we took of fluorescent cells and treat them this way on slides, that would be too cool. thanks for sharing ;)

    etha@moregreenwool.com

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  5. GF, these are just like you...FAB! Hugs, Gerrie

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  6. Love your blog! Plastic transparencies mean you can make different shapes. Hmmmm. I will have to try these. Also can't wait to try the varnish technique.

    Thanks.

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