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Sunday Night in the Studio

Building a dodecahedron
In Progress

I’ve been juggling a number of projects lately, working out different problems, nothing yet fully resolved, so this is going to be a post that shows a bit of this and that. As I’m working little things that I want to share keep coming up, so here’s a glimpse at what’s going on here.

Printing paper
Making Copies

One thing that’s going on in the background is printing papers for a workshop that I will be teaching in a couple of weeks. I will need to make a few hundred copies, and I don’t want to leave this until the last minute, nor do I want to be fully out of the room as the copies come out of the machine. Doing these a few at a time

Cutting a Net
Template

The main event of the evening is making a black 12-sided shape, specifically a dodecahedron. I made this template in Illustrator so that it will have certain details that I want, such as a door that allows access to the inside of the completed shape. The template has to be printed on a light colored paper.

I clip my black paper to the yellow with binder’s clips. First step is to press in the score lines, making sure that there is a surface that gives under the pressure of the stylus. For the stylus I use a glitter pen, because I like using glitter pens. Next step is to cut out the shape.

Black Paper Shape
Platonic Solid in progress

Here’s how it looks with cuts and score lines made.

Next I will be gluing colorful pentagons to the black paper. Pentagons were colored with Sharpies, copies were printed at the copy shop, and then I cut them out.

Blackening the Edges
Blackening edges

My wise friend Jane recommended that I go over the edges of the cut out pentagons, using an India Ink based marker. This is a Coptic Brush Multiliner.

Books, Boses, and Portfolios by Franz Zeier, Pages 86,87
Books, Boxes, and Portfolios by Franz Zeier, Pages 86,87

I read this great book by Franz Zeier a few years ago, and, ever since, I’ve been trying to bring my glueing skills up a notch. He is using straight PVA to glue his models together, which is what I am doing as well. Since my grain directions won’t be lining up perfectly I like using the straight, unthinned PVA, as it has so little moisture in it, and dries so quickly.  I have given up on using a brush with this project, as the glue dries quickly on my brushes, too.

My Modest Glue Station
My Modest Glue Station

I have found that it’s neater to use stiff piece of paper to do my gluing. First I pour a bit of glue in the bowl then dip an edge of my paper scrap into the glue.

Putting Glue on a Pentagon
Putting Glue on a Pentagon

I can put a really thin layer of glue down quickly, which is exactly what I want.

I love the look of the paper once the pentagons are glued down. Sort of hate to keep going.

I do keep going though. Such a friendly looking Platonic solid.

Now that’s it for tonight. Glad I don’t have to clean any brushes.

 

 

 

 

Adhesives · Glue

Rubber Cemented, Oh No!

Rubber Cemented 1
What can happen with Rubber Cemented papers, years later

Help! My daughter is off at college and is happy and excited. I thought all was going well until she told me that in one of her classes they are making collages, and they have been instructed to use rubber cement !!!!  I am mortified. I forbid her from using it. And then she told me that it’s part of her art kit  and everyone is using it.  Of course I instructed her to just Google “rubber cement” and I was sure she would be clued into the abyss of misinformation that she had fallen into, but GUESS WHAT, there are all sorts of people on the web that are actually recommending using rubber cement for collage. OMG this is more dire that I could have imagined.

Before I knew better
One of my first handmade books, made using rubber cement: this was made before my first class at The Center for Book Arts

Before I knew better I used rubber cement.  I used it for years on other projects as well. I fondly remember a kaleidoscope I made and decorated for my friend Hank: It was a beautiful object that I poured my heart into, but the glue I used was rubber cement, and within a few years the paper embellishments simply fell off.  I know that rubber cement is acidic (will discolor paper), not permanent, and toxic, but, hey, if everyone is using it how can I compete with that?

I am asking all of my friend, followers, and casual blog visitors to weigh in on this. I need to send an unmistakable message to my daughter about her choice of adhesives.

FYI, I am sending her, via her Amazon prime account,  a photo safe glue stick, some PVA,  Beacon Zip Dry Paper Glue, (which I haven’t tried out yet myself), a container of mod podge, and some small bone folders.

I’ve also sent her these links;

Please, speak up! Comment on the idea of using rubber cement as an adhesive for art projects, and make a recommendation. Even if you find that you will repeat what someone else has said, remember there is strength in numbers and right now the rubber-cementers are everywhere!

Thank you.

Addendum: Beatrice Coron just sent me this very cool link that offers glue advice and info /http://www.thistothat.com/