My Monogram Cake Topper - NEED SERIOUS HELP!
Posted 05 June 2008 - 07:57 PM
And for the glue situation- you might want to buy a really small paint brush to put just a dab of glue on the back of each crystal. Or use a toothpick to apply the glue. That way you won't have excess between the crystals. Decopage' (sp?) glue works good b/c it works on virtually any surface.
Good Luck! and don't get frustrated, even Martha Stewart doesn't do it alone!
Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:01 PM
If you have enough crystals, I'd use new ones on a new surface.
Another possibility would be to put glue on all the areas that are exposed and get either a shimmer/glitter or small little seed beads of either a neutral colour or in one of your crystal colours and basically spread them on a plate and then push your topper face down into them, hoping that they all fill in the cracks and cover the glue. I think this could be successful, but I'm really not sure.
Hope whatever you choose to do works for you!
I honestly think it looks fine and would probably just stop there, because undoing is probably going to make it worse and re-doing might still not be a good thing. Ugh. Good luck
Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:07 PM
You don't have to do it all in one setting, but you should work on one side and work you way along the letter.. before the glue is dry, you can slide the crystals with your finger (slightly) to adjust if needed. I spent hours on mine but it turned out great!
Here's a link to my cake topper thread..
You have time so try to not stress!
Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:09 PM
Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:27 PM
It went on "heavy" from the get-go (I want to say, kindof like grout... wait until it dries a bit for best laying results...) but it then formed a crusty, 'up-builds' between the crystals. Had I had the smaller crystals back then, I don't think it would have been AS bad, but the glue would still have set crustily (WORD OF THE DAY!) & (to me) somewhat cheapy looking... =(
The glue I used was what came with the crystals... E6000. I'd love to try using something else (something not as 'gunky') but something that will hold well... and truth be told, the E6000 wasn't holding so well anyway. I know I saw another poster opting for another type of glue... I just can't for the life of me recall who it was... (or why)
If I take the crystals off, I'm assuming the glass/mirror/acrylic topper will be okay to use again... ?
Bloody hell! I DO have some time, thank God! I just don't want anything to look tacky, KWIM?
Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:33 PM
... and basically, everywhere else in between.
The photos actually don't look so bad. It looks SO much more unattractive in 'the flesh'
I've plenty of crystals left... and plenty of glue... (which I think is causing my problems)
Materials are not in short supply, by any means... (except for the actual 'topper' itself. But I'm thinking that the acrylic will be good to go again...?)
Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:39 PM
If you are able to re-use the actual thing that the flatbacks are glued onto (and it'll depend on if you can get rid of the glue), here are some glues I'd try if I were you:
This is the glue that I would usually use in this kind of situation, so if you have the opportunity and the energy, I'd suggest it: Gem Tac
Another one that we used to use all the time for jewelry repairs is very common: Goop. It's a little Goopy though.
This is my favorite, because it has a very small pin-like applicator for precise work. It's the least messy, IMHO: Hypo Cement
If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.
Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:53 PM
I've picked certain spots and am thinking that the actual monogram letter itself, is not going to suffer (even having been 'used' before)
I just want my stuff to stick... and to look decent in the process...
I'll give it another go... I like the suggestion of closing off all straight, end-lines with the big crystals... filling in the blanks?
Removing the 'already-pasted-on' crystals, has not been a problem. I catch a piece of chepay-chatty looking exta-glue... and everything else just seems to fall into place...
Keep talking, Sunshine!
I know FA about crafting... but am thinking that I can re-use the acrylic/mirrored letter "K"
It looks okay!
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