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sarahnc asked on 09/21/03 - Wood Crafts

I need to know how to adhere a photo to a treated piece of wood with out damaging the photo. What I am doing is making a clock for my best friend, and I want to put her fav. picture of us on it.

Thank You!!

islandangel answered on 09/21/03:

Make a photocopy of your picture. Spray it first with a matte finish, which you can find at any arts and crafts store. The matte finish spray will help to make sure that the ink doesn't become blurred when you are working with the photocopy. Make sure that the matte finish is dried completely before you start working with it.

Never use your original photos when using them for craft projects. The emulsions that are found on the photo which makes the photo can smear when any water substance is put on it.

Use Mod Podge which you can purchase at Wal-Mart or you can create your own by following the recipe below:

Homemade Mod Podge: Mix 1 cup of white glue with 1/3 cup water. Add 2 tablespoons of varnish for gloss finish. Keep in a container with a tightly sealed screw on lid. Use for decoupage projects.

Apply the mod podge glue to the back to your photocopy, wipe up any excess glue. Apply a thin layer with a sponge brush on the surface of your photocopy. Allow to dry thoroughly before applying a new coat. You will need to apply several coats before your project is done. I usually put around 7 layers for any of my projects.

You can apply a clear acrylic spray once you've finished with the mod podge. This will help to seal the entire project and provide added protection. This however, is not necessary since mod podge is a sealant in itself.

Hope this was helpful.

Island Angel

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Unknown asked on 03/02/03 - Scratched Leather

I have a pair of black leather shoes but one has a bad looking scratch on the top toe area, what is the best way to get rid of it.

islandangel answered on 03/02/03:


A black shoe polish will work if it is low or high luster. Another trick, get some black shoe dye from the local grocery store and dab it on a wad of cotton cloth, rub it on some junk cardboard and get the wet dye spot damp. Then rub it on the scratches. BE CAREFUL, too much dye will show and be obvious. You should be able to buff it and it will almost look as good as new. The latter ir recommended only for black shoes, it doesn't work well with lighter shades.

Hope this helps.

Island Angel

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