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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A new, very cool material to try



My daughter recently introduced me to a new product called rubber glass.  It's a silicone formula which dries completely clear and then can be fractured into fragments that look like glass or ice, depending upon how you break them up.  They retain a soft edge, so there are no cuts to deal with! 

I finished up a large embroidered necklace using the stuff, and I thought some of you might be interested in the material.  I do not sell it or profit by it in any way...I just think it's cool.  And you can sew right through it! :-)

You can read more about it on Beading Arts.  





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7 comments:

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Weird! Sounds so cool. Can it withstand heat? Could it be combined with polymer clay and then baked? I have some ideas for faux druzys and this material might just work. Been trying to get the look of crystals sitting on the clay. Sounds promising. Will go check it out!

Cyndi L said...

Cindy, I'm going to guess no about the heat. It hardens and cures at room temp, so you'd have to bake the clay first and then break up the rubber glass to create your "crystals". Adhering them will be the challenge. I sewed right through the stuff. There is also a glue called Sil-Poxy that might work. No other glue holds silicone.

A Creative Dream... said...

WOW....that looks like such a fun new toy! I need to find some and see what I can do!

Limar said...

Oh, this sounds like an awesome material, and it looks great too (very nice necklace!) PS, I absolutely loved your cheese cloth BG :)

Cyndi L said...

You know what? I'm going to rethink that answer about the heat that Cindy asked. After all, silicone is used in baking and cooking tools. It's not the same form of silicone, but I think this needs to be investigated further!

Shoshi said...

Wow, that's awesome stuff, Cyndi, and I love what you've done with it - and on your other blog too! Do you know if you can colour this stuff? If so, what would you use? I think it's just great that so many new materials are becoming available to us from other disciplines - this from film/entertainment, Tyvek from the construction industry, etc. etc. What I am learning from all you wonderful mixed media artists is that you need to think outside the box and just keep experimenting! Sometimes seemingly unhappy accidents can be redeemed and turned into useful discoveries! Keep up the good work. I find your blog totally inspiring.

Cyndi L said...

No such thing as an unhappy accident, huh? You *can* color this material with any dry pigments that will mix with silicone. Silicone can be tricky with wet additions, so I wouldn't try them at all. But Smooth-On makes pigments that are specifically compatible with silicones!

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