Monday, June 27, 2011

Contestants, Possible Helps, Possible Extension

I am so pleased with the response I have had to this contest. What fun! And now, I want to share a few tips that I learned along the way while making these pins.

At first I used a paint that is used to cover outdoor metal furniture to protect it from rust and I also primed it. I sprayed both primer and the covering black paint on the clip and ended up with a mess. I used my sanding bit to try to clean them up and gummed it all up. Then I used a touch up paint to paint in the spots that were unpainted. They still looked a mess. I then added more misery to the situation by using a glue that dries and shows .  The tube below is the first glue I tried, didn't work well for this project. Also, when using glass, I needed to rough up the glass back to get any glue to stick.

The second glue that I used didn't work either. By this time I was making the paint look better by using my rub and buff paints to add some metallic appeal. The process was frustrating but also fun experimentation as is all creativity. I also started using a better black paint. This one had better coverage and I didn't use a primer.

I hope that my sharing doesn't scare anyone away as it has been fun. I will share a few more of my pins/clamps with you.

As I have mentioned earlier this is a fun contest, designed for sharing ideas. Since most of the contestants live in Europe, I may have to extend the timeline. We will deal with that later, but be aware that I am willing if the need arises. I will be sharing more, and hope that once you get your pins you will share. I still have not found a glue that I like. If anyone out there has an idea please share.

Talk soon, Hugs, Cameron


  1. oh cameron, i'm so looking forward to start with the pins! thanks for sharing the tips:)
    love, riet

  2. Cameron, can I still participate?
    This is such a fantastic idea!
    I'm so fond of your creations, I thought they were beautiful but everytime they are more beautiful.

  3. Beacon's 527 glue is the best I've found for metal to metal. Roughing up first helps, as does
    a swipe with rubbing alcohol to remove any oil.
    I once glued the bumper back onto my Ford Escort
    and it lasted until I sold it, several years later!

  4. Patty, that's just the kind of information I want to have shared. Where do you get it?
    And Yvette, love to have you. I'll send you my email address so that you can give me your address to send the pin/clamp. Many hugs

  5. I hate to even confess this, but I used Elmer's Glue when creating my pin. Components are wood, glass, beads, and metal. Everything is holding tight and fast. I had no problems.
    (: audrey