These canvases were featured on the Epiphany Crafts blog earlier this week and I actually made a video while I made them. Truth be told, editing the video took LONGER than making the canvases did but, I am glad to report I have a 3 part video series that take these canvases from start to finish, showing my new faux soldering technique using Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio and Clearsnap Embossing Powder with ColorBox Pigment Ink.

I created this trio of canvases as an accent in my bathroom. I recently learned how to create soldered jewelry for the very first time and I love the look but I don't have all the supplies at home to create pieces for myself. I knew the Epiphany Crafts Round 25 tools would be perfect for me to create my own faux soldered “glass” charms and it would be much easier than working with real glass. With real glass, adhesive has to be limited because the intense heat from the soldering iron will make it bubble and burn, damaging the image under the glass. With the Epiphany Crafts shape tool I could add stickers and small bits of ephemera, like a tiny dictionary paper diecut, without fear of them burning. I layered the stickers onto the paper while it was in the “view-finder” area of the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio, placed the Bubble Cap on top and created the epoxy shapes. 

Then I rolled the edges of the Round 25 shapes in Pigment ink and then rolled them in embossing powder. I set them with a heat tool, holding the Round 25 shape with a pair of pliers to avoid burning my fingers. The result is very much like a soldered glass jewelry piece!! I added these to some canvases I had decoupaged with dictionary paper to create a totally custom accent for the wall in my bathroom. Who knew that we could “solder” with some basic scrap supplies and the Epiphany Crafts Round 25 tool?

Round 25 Shape Studio and Bubble Caps – Epiphany Crafts
Patterned Paper, Stickers – Authentique Paper
Dictionary – Merriam-Webster
Smooch Spritz, Embossing Powder, ColorBox Pigment Inks – Clearsnap
Heat Gun – Marvy Uchida
Glue Gun – Ad-Tech
Leaves, Beaded Sprays, Trims –
Diecut – Silhouette
Paint – Delta, Folk Art
Collage Pauge Decoupage Medium –
Canvases – Art-Alternatives

Here are the three videos I did showing this project start to finish–get a cup of coffee or tea because there's about 45 mins of video to watch :) Enjoy!

Happy Creating!
Jennifer Priest

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “Soldering the Scrappy Way

  1. that rocks!

    Posted on February 23, 2012 at 8:45 am
  2. Wow!
    Felt like I was crafting with you this morning…thanks for the visuals and sharing all of your favorite.
    Love how they turned out(I got the same package on clearance) Love working with canvas and have never added laces yet.
    Thanks for sharing
    Love that picture you grouped them with.

    Posted on February 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm
  3. jennifer, what a great video and amazing wall decor project. i love it and i am making some for me too..:)

    Posted on February 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm
  4. only had time to watch the first video so far. love what i have seen. i buy bristle brushes (dirt cheap at michaels) and use those for glue application. they hold up nicely and i can feel a little better about not always throwing them away.

    Posted on February 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm
  5. Jennifer, love the mini canvas, you are so detailed in your project. Great video tutorials also. TFS.

    Posted on February 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm