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A Ghostly Tale and a Giveaway!
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 17:12
Spooky! Spooky! Spooky!
When the GloAway spook is tucked inside the gauze spook you get a ghostly, three dimensional, semi transparent ghost! When the lights are turned out!
The tutorial here. Today - a little about what I learned working with these two really cool Plaid products - and , of course, the giveaway announcement!
When the opportunity came along for me to review a couple Plaid products, I thought immediately about the little gauze ghosts I have been making for at least 25 years. Actually not so little - most of my ghosts are between 12" and 16" tall!
I have always made my ghosts using diluted white glue. It is a messy process and I absolutely hate the feel of the glue on my hands - not to mention cleaning up the mess!
Here was the perfect opportunity to find out if there is a better way!
I poured some undiluted Stiffy into a bowl and added my first ghost - er - piece of gauze. The Stiffy instantly vanished into the fabric!
My first reaction, having been used to the slushy, runny glue experience was "oops" this may not turn out so great! But I went ahead with the process anyway, draping the gauze over the "ghost form" and arranging the gauze in soft fluffy piles around the base.
As I played with the Siffy saturated fabric, I began falling in love with this amazing product!
When I made ghosts - and I made many - with the diluted white glue, I couldn't work fast enough - all I wanted to do was get that glue off my hands! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!
But this time I found myself happily enjoying the experience of arranging the folds and piles, pulling this way and then that. The Stiffy did not feel unpleasant on my hands at all.
The instructions on the Stiffy bottle suggest allowing the fabric to dry out about 45 minutes before shaping, but I decided to use it in exactly the same way as I would if it were glue and arranged the fabric immediately.
It seems to me that the Stiffy ghost dried a little more quickly than those I made with glue, but it still took all of 12 hours to dry out the body and then another day to thoroughly dry the piles at the base.
Past experience had taught me that to create a really sturdy ghost, I needed to use two layers of glue soaked gauze. (One layer of gauze tended to sag in time. Not that that is a bad thing - a little disfigurement in a ghost isn't a bad thing! But sturdy - NOT!)
Somewhere on the Plaid site, I found the suggestion that fabric layers be done one at a time. But again, I wanted to stay as close as possible to the way I was used to making ghosts, so I dunked two layers of gauze into the Stiffy and then draped them onto my form.
The drying time was a little longer, but I got exactly the result I was after! Once dry the double gauze fabric became very firm, and nearly opaque. Equal in stiffness to my glue ghosts - using much less product.
The stiffness of the fabric is very important to me because I keep my ghosts for years and years, packing them away after Halloween and bringing them out again the following October.
The ghost on the left - a single layer of gauze. The ghost on the right - a double layer. I am not sure how well the little guy on the left will last - time will tell. But the ghost on the right is going to be around a long time!
A close-up of the glue ghost - he's been haunting me for ten years at least and beginning to yellow with age - mostly in the piles at the base where the glue literally pooled during the drying process.
That is another thing I noticed about Stiffy - it stayed put! LOVED that!
And I am thinking, don't know for sure but am thinking, that since Stiffy is designed specifically for use with fabrics, it won't turn yellow.
Oh - and when dry, Stiffy had not nearly permanently bonded to the ghost form! It released easily.
I took a fairly close shot of the glue version and the Stiffy ghost. I don't know if it is of value - but for what it is worth - the one above is my old glue ghost.
The whole family! "Vintage" members are the two on the right!
Now! I bet you are wondering about the GloAway Glow-in-the-dark Gel! Ha! That was loads of fun too!
I didn't want to just paint the surface of my ghost with GloAway. I wanted to see if I could make it seem as if it were glowing from within.
To do that, I cut a circle of broad cloth and painted it with GloAway Gel.
This stuff is so cool! It is sort of like pudding in consistency and it glides so smoothly and easily onto the fabric surface. It cleans up very easily! And the best part of all - the brush glows in the dark. I just HAD to see if it would - you know how it is!
Dry time was unexpectedly long - about 12 hours before all the inside folds dried completely. The outside surface - a couple hours or so. But I was surprised and pleased to find that the GloAway did not stiffen or alter the fabric in any way. It was just as pliable and drapey as it was before application - and as you will see when you read the tutorial, that is important!
GloAway is recommended for kids as it is non-toxic and they can use stencils to paint glow-in-the-dark "tattoos" on their skin or designs on their clothes on on their toys or the windows! Everything washes right out. My only concern would be the time it takes to dry. But, the dry time may be because I applied it too thickly- don't know. But I am thinking kids would also tend to apply it thickly.
And since I was informed that I should be very honest, I will also mention that I LOVE my ghost, but I wish Plaid could figure out how to extend the glow time. The gel only glows about 15 minutes. It recharges very quickly - only a minute is needed. But - longer glow time would be even better!
And now - drum roll please -
One 8 oz bottle of Plaid Stiffy and one 4 oz bottle of Plaid GloAway Glo-in-the-dark Gel. (YOUR bottle of Stiffy, however, will be full of product!)
To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me how YOU would use your bottles of Stiffy and GloAway!
Giveaway ends at 6:00 PST, October 20th, 2010.
I am sorry, but because the product is a liquid, we can not ship international.
Tutorial for making Ghostly Trick-or-Treaters and Spooky GloGhosts to follow soon!