Have you seen this stuff? Liquid Acrylic? It’s said to be amazing as an adhesive. Haven’t ever used it as that. But it’s fun stuff! I’ve been using it for a while, now. Didn’t realise at first that was what it was. It’s marketed in the UK different. But, I recently sussed out that the stuff in the UK being sold as “3D Glaze” is the same stuff! I started using it to make glossy homemade Thickers.
They look really slick and aren’t difficult to do. But, I figured out another fun usage for them this week. I was doing a LO about my bird having destroyed my keyboard, and it just needed a bit extra to finish it off. I was talking to my sister about it and she suggested that I draw the keys that run along the top and bottom of the keyboard, then cover them with the clear acrylic stickers. I thought that sounded like fun! So I dug through my stash, but realised…. I didn’t have enough of the right size sticker. Darn. Ok… back to the drawing board.
Oh wait! Liquid Acrylic!!! So I drew the tiles out, and then started in with the liquid acrylic. Oh my…. nearly had a disaster there!
NOTE: The stuff will warp your paper!!!
Now, I knew that! Just was thinking that the cs I was using was thick enough it should be ok. Nope. It curled. Real mess it made, too. So… how does one keep them flat? Normally, when I make the letters, it’s no problem, because the letters are already stuck town to the page. But, I didn’t want these to blur if the acrylic spilled over the edge. So I needed a temporary adhesive that was strong enough, on something heavy enough not to bend. Hmm…. what do I have that sounds like that…..
I took an old Cricut Mat and sprayed it with repositionable adhesive. Then I layed out my keys and pushed them firmly onto the matt. Then, I carefully filled in the shape with the acrylic.
Note: You have to be really careful not to get bubbles in the liquid. If you do, they’re tough to get out. Wait a minute or two, till the acrylic has slightly dried and it’s easier to pop the bubble. Using a large needle helps push the liquid into the cavity formed by the bubble, once it’s popped.
I let that dry (had very little overspill 😀 ) and applyed a second layer.
Note: if you use a light hand, it just comes out glossy. If you want 3D effect, use a heavy hand. If you want REALLY 3D, use a double layer.
Let the second layer dry overnight. The next morning I had these perfect beveled edged keys! They looked amazing. I was really pleased with them. And, they went PERFECT on the LO. (Click on the photo for a closer look.)