Mementoes In Time

UTEE and Melt Art Techniques

 

Melt Art and Using UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)

So here is the last one in the series of class rundown blogs from the Craft Show and this one was probably the most stretching of the classes.

 

I had invested in the Melt Pot and heaps of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) a while ago, with great plans of how I was going to use it but sadly, it has been stuck in a crate in my garage for ages gathering dust. So, when I saw that there was a Melt Art class, I was keen to go. My husband insisted I did and this was all the encouragement I needed.

 

This class was run by the lovely Chad from Stamp It. Again, we started out with an intriguing class pack, full of wonderful goodies.

 

If you have ever done this kind of thing before, you know that you need the basic equipment and supplies, including a melt pot, a heat resistant mat and a some UTEE. The UTEE comes in a range of colours but you can start off with just the clear and this would keep you busy for quite a while. You can see the UTEE melted in the pot in the photo above.

 

Thanks to my friend Jill, who I ran into at the show and hadn't seen in ages! She kindly took the photos, while I worked.

 

Mini Canvas Project

The first project we worked on was a mini canvas. First off, we inked the canvas with black ink, to provide a base for our piece.

 

 

 

 

Next we placed some pieces of shrink plastic into the melting pot. The heat of the UTEE will shrink the plastic in the normal way and this happens very quickly. We had to fish the pieces out with tweezers and place them on the heat mat to cool.

 

 

The UTEE creates a finish similar to glass.

 

 

The next job was to cut out some motifs from our scrapbook paper. I'm using a piece called 'Well Read' , Yesteryears paper by Stamp It, which has some nice old book jacket images on an Australian theme.

 

 

We glued these onto the canvas with some Glossy Accents, which I have to say is probably the one thing I don't already own!

 

 

Then, glued the shrink plastic tiles over the top, again with glossy accents. Here you can see them on the frame

 

 

Next up was to make the wing embellishment for the corner of the canvas. For this, we needed to colour the UTEE, so I chose a blue and added a few drops of the colouring agent, 'To Dye For' directly to the UTEE in the melting pot.

 

 

 

This has to be stirred in...

 

 

Then the shrink plastic wing (cut using a die cutter) was dipped in and fished out as before. After drying, we simply glued it on to the canvas with the Glossy Accents.

 

 

And here is the finished piece...not mine, the demo! The demo has a red wing, rather than blue. I didn't take a photo of mine and when I got home, it disappeared, courtesy of my youngest daughter and is nowhere to be found!

 

 

Using UTE with a Rubber Stamp

This next project produced a lovely framed finished piece, which is probably my second favourite thing from the show, apart from the alcohol ink folder, featured in Part 3.

 

This time, we placed a brass frame onto the face of a rubber stamp. The UTEE was then poured into the frame and directly onto the stamp. Rubber stamps are made through an extreme heat process, so they are not damaged by this at all.

 

 

It takes a little while for the UTEE to set but really only a couple of minutes. You can then peel off the stamp.

 


Turn it over to see the impression of the stamp

 

 

Now, you can go to town with some Perfect Pearls, to add a lovely metallic finish. I really can't remember the mix I used but I stuck to blues, lilacs and pinks.

 

 

As you can see, if you crane your neck a bit (the photo is the wrong way round), the finished effect is quite stunning!

 

 

Using UTEE on Chipboard

The final piece we made was using a die cut chipboard heart and dipping it into the UTEE. As this was the final thing to make, black UTEE was added to the melt pot.You would usually plan you work so that you move from the clear to darker colours, to get the most from your pan.

 

 

When the heart was covered with UTEE, it was pulled out and a stamp pushed onto it immediately. The UTEE dries quickly, so you have move fast to make sure you can get the impression. To ensure the stamp releases, prestamp it onto an ink pad, a clear pad will do. If you don't make it in time, you can just re-dip your chipboard back into the melting pot and try again. After letting it dry fully, you can then use Perfect Pearls over the top, to bring out the pattern of the stamp.The result is pretty stunning! This piece was a bit too big for using on a card but could be a nice thing to add to the front of a notebook.

 

 

Pouring the UTEE onto the Heat Mat

As part of the clean up, we poured the rest of the UTEE directly onto the craft mat and pressed a stamp into it, to produce another embellishment to take home. The UTEE on its own is not as strong as the covered chipboard piece and of course the shape is a bit messy, as you are not pouring into a frame. However, you can still dust it with Perfect Pearls and maybe cut it up to use as small embellishments, or if you like, you can re-melt it next time you use the pot.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this final article in this series of Craft Show rundowns. If you haven't already read the other articles, you can view them by clicking the links below.

 

A big thank you to Chad and Maria, who managed to keep me entertained all day with their fab classes. You can join their classes at the Stamp It Shop and of course all the materials we used and more is available from Stamp It too!

Happy Crafting!

 

Part 1 Distressed Inks

Part 2 - Distress Stains

Part 3 - Alcohol Inks

 


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