At the onset itself I have to specially thank Shalii Mittal for patiently explaining to me how to use vetrificante in gel , ground crystal glass and all the other techniques I will be sharing in the coming posts .Thank you so much Shalini you are truly a Crafter's Encyclopedia and I am so lucky to have got a chance to learn from you albeit over the phone!!
|Gardenia Printed films|
You can use any of the material listed below to make gorgeous Sospeso Transparente flowers.
- Tissue paper napkins+ thermoformable plastic
- thin paper[called Paper veils]+ thermoformable plastic
- Fabric + thermoformable plastic
- Printed films on their own
gorgeous pearly white Gardenias.
|Heated and embossed flowers|
They look beautiful just as they are dont they...but let's see how we can play around with Sospeso Transparente a little bit more....To illustrate a few techniques ,I made Gardenia flowers and added them to a swinging Lantern
The lantern swings prettily on a hook and has a base which can be removed to add a candle or LED light inside it.
I used crystal beaded pollen on the centers of my Gardenia flowers as well as added a few pollen on the lantern
|Crystal Beaded Pollen|
3 ways to Jazz up your Sospeso Transparente flowers
Stack the flowers on top of each other
|Flowers to stack|
|Hot glue flower layers|
Hot glue is the best way to glue your flower layers together. Put hot glue on the center of your larger base flower and after putting the smaller topper flower use the wooden embossing tool to press the flower centers together to get a good firm adhesion + give shape to your flower center at the same time as the heat of the hot glue can alter the shape of your flowers slightly.Another tip is if you are planning to stack your flowers don't emboss the center of your base flower as much as you normally would-- that way its easier to stick on your top flower
Ink the flowers
|Inked flower petal edges|
|Crystal flowers and Crystal Pollen|
Make "Iced Flowers"
|Ground crystal glass|
You can be really generous and paint your whole flower with the crystal + gel mix using a small spatula or stick or just apply it in places like I did. The most frustrating thing I found about this way of doing it was the gel+crystal mixture had a will of its own and kept sliding off the curved petals.I tried painting with a brush [crystals stayed put to the brush!], hand smearing[ oof that was messy!] and even a bit of speech therapy [translate that to cursing and stomping feet in frustration!]
|Ground crystal Use|
Well I had to find another way...and this one is believe me less frustrating ..Place your flower on a plastic surface and carefully and I mean really carefully [as the gel is quite liquidy in consistency] pour drops of the gel on to your flower. Add crystal ground glass on top and wait..dont even touch it or move it...just wait!
|Crystal Ground glass|
After 30 mins or so you can lift the flower and shake off the excess crystal .With this technique variation you wont get a thick crystal covering of your flower and the adhesion of the crystals is not as strong as with the other way of applying the crystals but its much easier and you can use this method if you are making non jewelry projects / show piece items .
|Ice Crystal flower Pendant|
Here is a super short 14 sec video showing my swinging Lantern with the "Ice crystal " flowers.
|Ice Crystal Flowers|
I hope you like my Ice crystal flowers though they are nowhere as perfect as some of the beautiful Sospeso Transparente flowers I have seen around the net but I hope they are passable for a first attempt!