Friday, 3 March 2017

Snowflake Microscope Slide Tree Decoration.

Close Up photography is totally unforgiving, the tiniest amount of residual glue or smallest join just looks horrendous …….. but from a distance, this slide looks pretty OK!!!  The finished slide measures 3ins x 1ins.
snowflake microscope slide christmas tree decoration 1I had a few self adhesive, glittered snowflake stickers from Lldl leftover from last Christmas and I thought I would try to see if they would work on a microscope slide decoration, as the snowflakes are slightly raised I wanted to see if they could be sandwiched and sealed between two slides neatly ……. they could!
Christmas snowflake StickersChristmas Snowflake Miscroscope Slide tree decoration
Although the glitter was only on one side of the stickers, the adhesive side looked just of effective on the reverse of the slide.  There was also a transparent edging round the stickers, but I think I got away with that too, it seemed to add a icy melty look, and from a distance it can’t be seen anyway.  Sometimes working so close to something you are making makes you paranoid about the detail, or is that just me?
Snowflake Christmas Microscope Slide.I am so pleased with the 6mm self adhesive, aluminium foil tape I found on e-bay, without it my microscope and domino tag making days would have been over.  I did “A Marc” and bought copiously, two 40m rolls should last me for absolute ages …….. and when they do run out ……  I reckon I will be in my 70’s and past crafting or at least blogging by then.
I am still practising applying the tape to the slides, I have done it in separate sections, sides then top and bottom, but that gives you four joins, and looks messy up close, in the end I think the best way, if a little fiddly, is to do it all in one go, with a single join at the bottom which can be hidden with a bail.
 Snowflake Christmas Microscope SlideSnowflake Christmas Microscope Slide Decoration. 1
I used the last of my G-S Hypo Cement Glue (more now on order) to glue a few pearls on both sides of the sealed slide and then apply two spring bails to the top and bottom. E6000 is my glue of choice, but the pin head precision of the G-S is much better for such tiny work. And with this done I had to leave the glue to set/cure for 24 hours, without touching, aghhhhhhh the temptation!
snowflake Microscope Slide Christmas Tree DecorationSnowflake Microscope Slide Christmas Decoration
Once dry I was ready to add an acrylic snowflake charm and a hanging wire.  It was fixing the snowflake that the staying power of the G-S glue was well and truly tested, because the acrylic snowflake had a solid loop, so couldn’t be opened to attach to the bail ….. but I managed to open the spring bail, despite my heavy handiness, without a wobble so that the snowflake could lie flat to the slide.
Microscope Slide Christmas Decortion 3This project was another steep learning curve in my microscope slide quest, but I am getting there, by Christmas I am determined to have it fine tuned to almost perfection.  When I pack up a few bits and pieces and ideas to play with when I stay with Marc, sometimes we appear to achieve nothing or are  not that happy with what we have produced but while we are continuously bouncing ideas of each other and Marc telling me how impatient I am, something clicks, to be resurrected somewhere along the line later on.
Marc has just bought a soldering tool and  some solder that we are both desperate to try, as a lot of microscope slides on Pinterest etc. that first caught our eye are soldered …… we’ve also been watching tutorials on You Tube on how to do it …… so who knows what we’ll come up with in the next month or so.


Cheryl W said...

This slide creation really turned out great. I think those pearls were the perfect finishing touch. I'm looking forward to seeing your efforts at soldering.

tilly said...

these make very pretty and different hanging decorations, practice makes perfect... or nearly lol

Anonymous said...

Hi Helen, I'm a glass artist, try looking at "copper foil" tape. It's a self adhesive copper tape available in different widths that you can easily "spread" solder onto. With very little practice you can get a very professional results, you need lead solder which will naturally "bead" along the copper foil. You can also get copper foil with decorative edges - waves etc - the lead solder sticks to the copper. Enjoy! You'll be making Tiffany lamps next! Best wishes Rosie