Friday, April 27, 2007

Faux Cloisonne: Different Materials, Same Effect

Eugena’s Creations…

…proudly presents…

…the new and improved…

…faux cloisonné…

Now, seriously. I have been experimenting with different materials to replace the glaze I am using on my faux cloisonné pieces. Up until recently I have been using Lisa Pavelka’s PolyGlaze. It is a great product, I love it. The only problem is that it is available only on-line, and not all the time. Finally this spring I become tired of chasing it all over the Internet and decided to look into some other products. Below are my results of experimenting with Envirotex. With my usual disrespect for instructions, I figured out how to use it myself before actually learning how the other people are using it, so it is not surprising that my way seems to be quite different. Instead of applying one fat layer of Envirotex and trying to contain it on the surface with some temporary or permanent frame, I apply thinner layers of it and do not use any frames around my pieces. The result is very similar to what I would usually get with PolyGlaze. In fact, the results are so similar, that you would not be able to tell which product I used even by closely examining my creations in person…

Moral: I am considering switching to Envirotex for good. Actually, I have an idea. Being a true scientist, I want to be thorough in my experiments and look at some more products. From what I have seen, Kato liquid polyclay may be a good candidate. I will then compare the results and make my final choice. Sounds like a plan?



3 comments:

Polka Dot Creations said...

You do such pretty work! I use Kato liquid clay as a gloss and protective coating on nearly everything I make - I love it. And I usually just have to apply a very thin layer with my finger. That tends to be enough for my applications.

Jeanne Rhea said...

I hope to see what you decide to use. Have you tried Eberhard-Faber Gloss Lacquer? I did a lot of tests on all kinds of finishes (bottle caps) and it was very interesting. Some products did not turn out even remotely as to their claim. I was using some on printed images and some bled terribly. If you want to check out some of those finishes, go to http://artfortheheart.blogspot.com/2007/03/clear-dimensional-glazes-or-finishes.html and two more posts afterwards.

Eugena said...

Lisa, Jeanne, thank you for your comments and ideas! I shall have time to play with the glazes this weekend, and then I will report on my progress.

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