I then showed you how to make some cool charms from these pieces by layering smaller portions together for a great sparklie look....
Well today I want to show you how to make charms using the Sheet Mica. This is mica as it is found in nature. Several sheets of mica all sandwiched together into one nice neat package!
You can see the difference immediately! Sheet Mica can be peeled apart which is what gives you the variety of color. The more sheets the darker your piece will be. The more layers you peel away the lighter your individual pieces get. Eventually if you peel enough layers away your remaining piece will be almost clear. I say almost because there may or may not be inclusions (see the pic below) which will show up in some layers but not others. Remember, this is a natural material so no two pieces are going to be exactly alike.
On to the Sheet Mica Charms!!
Sheet Mica - USArtQuest
Queens Dresser Drawers Skinny Mini Collage Sheet - Hannah Grey
Streuter Glue Film
Embossing/Heat Gun or Iron
Crop-a-dile - WeRMemory Keepers
1. Peel your mica piece into 2 separate sheets. (these will be the top & bottom of your charm)
2. Cut desired image from collage sheet. Test fit on your mica piece. Remember to allow room at the top of the mica piece for your eyelet.
3. Place a sheet of Glue Film on one sheet of your mica.
4. Trim away excess Glue Film around all edges of the mica. Don't throw away the excess Glue Film. It will come into play later on.
5. Add your collage image over the Glue Film then add the top mica sheet. This is where the excess Glue Film comes into play. If desired, you may place the excess pieces of Glue Film over the collage image to add extra sticking power. It's really not necessary but it helps use up those little left over bits.
6. Heat with embossing/heat gun or iron. NOTE - if your "sandwich" slips & slides once heated now worries - simply heat and quickly slide the stray pieces back into place.
7. Now it's time to add an eyelet at the top - I have found the Crop-a-Dile works like a charm on Mica...no matter how many sheets you're using, 1, 2 - 10 it cuts like butter.
8. Add a jump ring and you're all set!
And there you have it....you can see how different these charms have turned out compared to the Composite Mica Charms. They have less of the glittery look and offer up a more vintage weathered feel. Both have their places and I'm sure you'll have your own favorite but me, I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite.
Check back tomorrow where I'll share a fun mini Mica book I've made :)
Till then friends...a little piece of Inky Wisdom....
You know you're doing it right when you're covered in ink!!