I was really excited about joining up with Di and the others over at the playground with my fantastic crafting idea.
A couple of weeks ago it was so grey and dreary here I thought I should do something to cheer the place up and I decided to make some suncatchers!
I've always got loads of sparkly stuff lying around. I'm DRAWN to it and somehow it makes it's way into my basket because you never know, ONE day I might just have a use for it!
So I had a rummage around my drawers (no sniggering Parsnip!) and found some pretty glass gems, some table decoration thingies for when you get married (because, well, you NEVER know do you??) and some sequins.
Then I googled 'How to make suncatchers' because I like to do these things properly don'tcha know ...
They all talked about Elmers glue ...
Elmers glue is apparently the like the holy grail to suncatcher - it's like the new Mod Podge of crafting.
Like Mod Podge unfortunately it also seems to be unavailable in the UK! I wanted some Mod Podge when I decided I was going to make my own coloured glass which you do by mixing a little ink stolen from your daughters art supplies and swirl it around the inside of a glass vase or jam jar or something.
Well, I couldn't get any (although I've since found it in The Range - I LOVE The Range!!! I's my new favourite place!) But before that I read that Mod Podge was only normal PVA glue mixed with water so I made my own.
They LIED!!! It didn't stick to the glass AT ALL. I left it for several days, emptied the jar and it all poured out staining my enamel sink and leaving the jar completely clear!
I don't want to make coloured glass any more ...
So, Elmers Glue, well, I READ that it's just like normal PVA glue ... You see where I'm going with this?
So I bought some clear PVA - stole the lid from SD's family sized pot of natural yogurt, tipped a load in. Got my sparkly stuff and made a pretty pattern in the glue with them. Shoved a bit more glue on top and left it on he window sill to dry.
Two days later when they said it would be dry I suck my finger into still tacky glue - those things took more than a week to kind of dry!!!
On day eight I'd had enough, I was peeling those sucker out of those lids and sticking them in my window!
I completely trashed two trying to get them out and the two that I DID get out in one piece were really rubbery and kind of ... FLACCID. The gems had floated around in the glue too and my pretty sequins that I'd arranged like flowers had sunk and also moved around but I was UNDETERRED!!
After all, only I knew they were supposed to look like flowers right?
The flaccidity (which may or may not be a real word) bothered me a little so I left them for another couple of days on the window sill. They stayed flaccid ...
And half the gems fell out so it they ended up looking like a bit of flaccid, lacy glue ...
I took loads of photos to add to my post though because you can't SEE flaccidity can you? Then my phone DIED - I mean PROPER died and I had to get a new one (which actually I was pretty happy about because it meant that I could upgrade to one with a 13 mega pixel camera and laser focus). But anyway, not all of my photos were on the SD card, I must have somehow saved some to the phone so they are LOST forever!
All of which means I can't give you a proper snippets post although, to be honest, it's not like it was a great success anyway was it?
I did take one photo after sticking this one to every window in the house trying to find some sun to shine through it just to prove that I did actually make the bloody thing.
Anyway, I don't really want to make suncatchers any more ...
But I DID take a lovely photo of a cow feeding her calf at the farm at the weekend with my new phone so all is not lost.
Hopefully my next snippet will be slightly more successful and slightly less stressful!