What's in YOUR oven? (Homemade Twinkling H2O's!)

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Posted 5/14/2004 by Coelli in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 5/14/2004 12:28:18 PM
Oh, the things we do for our hobbies.

My oven is currently set at 125 degrees, and contains a cookie sheet covered with tinfoil and sitting on it are 50 5 gram lip gloss pots filled with homemade twinkling H2Os, in the hopes they'll dry out sooner.

-Meghan

ETA: Here are pictures!

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Posted: 5/14/2004 1:21:29 PM
You mean besides baked on apple pie?

Nuthin'.

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Posted: 5/14/2004 2:19:48 PM
Homemade Twinkling H20s?????? more info please and thank you.

Annie

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Posted: 5/14/2004 2:20:25 PM
Absolutely nothing!!!!!! It's Friday and I don't usually cook on Fridays! But I would love to hear more about these homemade twinkling H20's.
Candy

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Posted: 5/14/2004 2:39:06 PM
Okay, here's the info about the Twinkling H2O's. It's still a bit of an investment if you don't have the materials already, but cheaper than buying all 60 of their colors! Considering the time investment though, it still might have been better just to buy them. I already had everything but the pots though.

Ingredients:
24-tube watercolor paint set by Reeve's ($12.99 at J's - about $7 with a coupon)
24 colors in 3 gram jars of Pearl Ex - buy the two sets at Michael's with coupons.
50 5 gram lip gloss pots - $14.25 with shipping from eBay seller calboy1, who ships REALLY fast
One 4-oz bottle of glycerin ($4 at Rite-Aid)
Water
Lots of time

The rest is easy. Squirt a bit of your chosen watercolor in a pot, add a few drops of glycerin, and mix. Add a complementary color of Pearl Ex and mix. Add more and mix. Rinse, repeat. If it's too dry, add a couple of drops of water to thin it out.

The hardest part was getting a good red, but finally I realized I needed to use Magenta, not Brilliant Red or Crimson.

Chinese white will dull it a little bit so use it sparingly to lighten colors.

Interference gold and Rose Madder paint make a *beautiful* pink with gold highlights.

Payne's Grey (which is almost black with blue tones) is incredible when mixed with True Blue, Red Russet, Spring Green, or Misty Lavender for jewel tones.

Yellow paint mixed with Spring Green PE gives a different effect than green paint with Brilliant Yellow or Gold PE.

Pthalo blue paint and Spring Green - beautiful!
Pthalo blue and duo blue-green - also beautiful

The key is to not mix too many paint colors together. Keep the combinations simple at first until you get a feel for what the colors are like and how the PE tones them up or down.

I'll probably stop at 50, lol. The cool thing is, I still have TONS of the watercolors and Pearl Ex left (I did wind up buying a big bottle of Spring Green PE, but that's because I was almost out to begin with). I need to replace my magenta watercolor but am in good shape otherwise. And I was able to mix the color families I wanted - like I know I wanted lots of greens and blues and jewel tones, and less pastels.

-Meghan

P.S. That seller also sells sets of 12 pots for $3.50, but I highly recommend you go ahead and buy the 50 - once you get playing with the paints and PE it's hard to stop! And you can use any extras for mixing embossing powder and stuff.

Also, I highly recommend keeping track of what combinations you mix. I wish I had. Some of them I'm not quite sure what I mixed any more.

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Posted: 5/14/2004 2:45:19 PM
Thanks for this great idea, I love twinkling H20's.

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Posted: 5/14/2004 2:59:59 PM
Exactly what are the pots called? Are they plastic or glass? he has a lot of pots for sale.

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Posted: 5/14/2004 3:18:36 PM
Sorry about that! They're .15 ounce lip gloss pots. Here's a link to the ones I bought. If he doesn't have this set listed in his store, you could probably email him and ask.

-Meghan

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Posted: 5/14/2004 4:07:56 PM
Well, I didn't make anything this exciting, but does cornbread count? ROFLOL!

BOS's this thread thinking hmmmm......... TFS!

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Posted: 5/14/2004 4:32:11 PM
Can you say "too much free time?"

You are absolutely, frreakin' INSANE, girl!! But I just LOOOOVVVEEE that about you! Ha!

Glad to know there are other freaks out there who do nutball stuff like I do!! Make the world feel a little happier!!

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Posted: 5/14/2004 4:49:18 PM
Oh, definitely not a one-sitting job to do that many! Especially as I had to figure out how to do it - and some were already dry when I realized glycerin should be mixed in, so I had to reconstitute those and add it.

I was only maybe 10 pots in when I told my husband to just tell me to go buy the paints next time.

On the other hand, I only got the colors I wanted and none that I didn't, and it cost WAY less than buying them (it's something like $80 to buy 48 colors from Angelwings). Plus I have lots of plain watercolors and Pearl Ex left over for other projects - or to mix together to get a color I might need.

And did I mention it was kinda fun?

-Meghan

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Posted: 5/14/2004 6:11:06 PM
This sounds fun I like frugal ideas or cheats
I'm taking a twinkling H2O and watercoloring class in a few weeks too.

How long do You cook the pots ?

thx
Dee

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Posted: 5/14/2004 7:43:50 PM
I've no idea. I just put them in there so they'd dry out faster. I haven't checked them in a couple of hours, but I'm going to right now! I put them in this morning! Because of the glycerin, they take forever.

-Meghan

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Posted: 5/14/2004 7:50:18 PM
Shrinky dinks stamped for teacup charms!
What else would you do with an oven???

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Posted: 5/15/2004 9:10:27 AM
These look really cool. Is there a place where I can buy just 1 pot to try these? The pinks & sage green look awesome.
Tracy

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Posted: 5/15/2004 11:27:24 AM
Meghan - Are you going for the job to replace Martha Stewart? I am impressed.

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Posted: 5/15/2004 9:11:17 PM
Meghan
Thank you for posting the instructions. WOW! you are a brave soul to be trying this. I am not sure the DH would let me start mixing and cooking paints in our oven. But I am going to BOS the instructions cause I just can't see paying all that dough for H20 - twinkling or not. Again thanks for taking the time to type all that out. Greatly appreciated.

Annie

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Posted: 5/16/2004 8:23:04 PM
Wow! This sounds really cool and the color possibilities would be endless! I can't wait to try this out! TFS!

Betsy

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Posted: 5/18/2004 2:10:20 PM
I am wandering how these turned out. Also, do you think you could just use the white irridescent color to give colors a shimmery look?

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Posted: 5/18/2004 8:44:18 PM
Mandy, they turned out great! I already knew that when I posted - I had tried them out, I was just trying to dry them out some more so I could put the lids on and take them to a crop.

I went to a stamp fair this weekend and Angelwings was demonstrating - I did a make & take and my homemade versions compared really well with theirs. The only exception is the red family. I had a hard time duplicating their Poppy Red (which is a bright red with gold sparkle). I'm still trying though.

You can use interference colors, or pearl white, but it lightens the color you use it with.

-Meghan

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Posted: 5/20/2004 12:35:52 AM
How and what do you use these for????????????????

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Posted: 5/20/2004 9:12:49 AM
Sorry, but I'm a bit confused about your instructions. Where you say "Rinse, repeat" after you "squirt a bit of your chosen watercolor in a pot, add a few drops of glycerin, and mix. Add a complementary color of Pearl Ex and mix. Add more and mix." Are you rinsing out the lip gloss pot completely with water after doing all of that? How come you rinse it out?

I'd love to try this, but want to make sure I'm doing it right before making the investment.

Thanks for your help,
Monica



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Posted: 5/20/2004 1:40:44 PM
I haven't tried these yet (can't wait!) but I'm 99.99% sure that you don't rinse out the lip gloss pot - all your work would go down the drain. You'd want to rinse off your mixing stick (or whatever other utensils you've used) and move on to another pot and another color.

To be honest, I just took the "rinse, repeat" to be kind of a joke on the instructions on a shampoo bottle - you know, "lather, rinse, repeat". Because if you followed those instructions to the letter, you'd be shampooing forever. They never say "stop".

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Posted: 5/20/2004 5:23:09 PM
Monica, Cheryl's right - I just put that so I didn't have to keep typing the same thing, sorry. It was sort of a joke. You don't need to rinse anything at all. Just keep adding PE and mixing until you're happy with the color and amount of sparkle.

-Meghan

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Posted: 5/20/2004 5:59:19 PM
Meghen, they look beautiful! No wonder you just can't make just 12.

Pat

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Posted: 5/21/2004 10:38:21 AM
Wow!!! THANKS SO MUCH! I just ordered the lip pots and need to get the glycerine...
Questions:

1. Can you be a bit more specific as to the ratio....like 1 1/2 tsp. watercolor, 3 drops glycerine, 1/8 tsp of pearl ex, 1/2 tsp. water....???

2. What does the glycerine do? make it smoother?

Thanks!! Can't wait to try this!

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Posted: 5/21/2004 4:15:30 PM
You're welcome! I had a lot of fun with this - and ended up with 60+ colors! Eeep!

I wish I could give you more specifics, but I eyeballed everything. I'd say I started out with maybe 1/2 tsp of paint and 3-4 drops of glycerin. Then I kept adding the pigment and mixing until I was happy with the color. If it seemed like the amount of pigment I was adding was making it too dry to mix, I'd add a couple of drops of water. The water will evaporate in the oven (or you can put them under a warm desk lamp or in another warm, dry place), leaving you with dry cakes in the pots. Then you just put your wet brush in them and go for it.

The glycerin might not even be necessary, but it smooths out the consistency and helps make it a little wetter in the pot instead of too dry and hard. Glycerin is often used in watercolor paints to brighten them up and keep them from drying too quickly, and I seem to recall it also counteracts the dulling that gum arabic (the binder in watercolors) can have. So since it couldn't hurt, I threw it in there just in case. (I use glycerin to make embossing ink and blender pen fluid so I had it onhand anyway.)

Let me know if you have any other questions - it's really easy, you just get in there and mix.

-Meghan

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Posted: 5/22/2004 11:53:31 AM
this is a little ot but I was wondering how you make embossing ink and blender pen fluid?

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Posted: 5/22/2004 6:18:06 PM
Embossing ink: 1 part glycerin to one part boiled or distilled water.

Blender pen fluid: 1/3 oz. glycerin, 2/3 oz. boiled or distilled water, 1/4tsp rubbing alcohol

Just make sure the water is sterile so nothing grows in your ink/fluid (yuck!)

HTH. Wish I could take credit for the recipes but I found them elsewhere.

-Meghan

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Posted: 5/27/2004 4:06:32 PM
Thanks Meghan, and you're allowed to say "DUH, Monica!" Hello...I must have been having a blonde/senior moment when I asked that question. Is my face red...hehehe??

Monica

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Posted: 6/1/2004 10:11:24 AM
I made some this weekend. I got a great blue, green and crimson, but my other colors look flat. I'm hoping that they will look better one they dry and I can paint with them. When I wiped the paint that I had on my fingers onto paper, they did look more shimmery than they do in the pot.

I did have fun making them. Thanks for the instructions!

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Posted: 8/11/2004 7:27:57 AM
I have them and I LOVE them! Here are a few projects I just did...

Card

Tag Swap Tag

Both of them have the sugar dust beads over the twinkling so... in real life they are REALLY sparkly! But, the scan didn't show that part so well.

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Posted: 8/11/2004 8:22:40 AM
Princess Dallas,

These are gorgeous! Where did you post them? I don't remember seeing them in the stamping gallery. Love the sugar dusted stuff, but it was your colouring that really made this fabulous.

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Posted: 10/20/2004 2:47:25 PM

There's a product called Pearlizer that's sold with the acrylic paints; costs about a dollar and a half. I've mixed it with both acrylics and watercolors and it looks terrific. No special recipe, just the pearlizer (more than I thought I'd need) plus paint. Even watercolor cakes work. I just slap color(s) on a palette and add Pearlizer till I get the shimmery shade I like.

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Posted: 4/17/2005 1:55:07 AM
btt again! I made some paints just by mixing PearlEx and gum arabic in an old ice cube tray. They work fine.
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Where do you buy PearlEx and gum arabic? I'd like to try this.

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Posted: 4/18/2005 6:49:29 PM
almost any art store or rubber stamp store, plus M's.

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Posted: 5/24/2005 6:47:46 PM
Just wanted to bump this to say my local Target now carries the set of 24 Reeves watercolor tubes for around $8.

-Meghan

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Posted: 5/29/2005 11:32:14 PM
great idea ... have to try this out ...

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Posted: 5/30/2005 8:37:25 AM
O M I G O S H ! ! ! ! !

Thank you! Thank you!!

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Posted: 7/31/2005 12:44:21 PM
I'm a little behind on everything, but I am trying to make my own twinkling H2o's this weekend, what consistency is the mix when you know it is "just right" before you want to put it in the oven to dry? Anybody know?

Lee

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Posted: 7/31/2005 6:47:07 PM
I tried making these last year but I couldn't ever get them to dry to the little cakes.

I still used them but the pearl ex wasn't sealed and rubbed off everywhere.

I hope someone who had success will come and give me some pointers. I would love to try and make these again

thanks to the original poster

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Posted: 8/1/2005 5:51:10 AM
btt hoping someone knows the answer to my question from yesterday.

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Posted: 8/4/2005 7:02:45 PM
mel, if they wouldn't dry, there was probably too much glycerine - try using less, or even none, next time, and use water instead to help mix. Did you use the Reeve's watercolors? If you have any, you could try adding a little extra gum arabic to help seal the Pearl Ex in.

ayah, I'd say it was about the consistency of thick frosting. You want them dry enough so you can mix them, but not too wet, since they have to dry out. I hope that helps.

-Meghan

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Posted: 8/5/2005 2:57:36 PM
Meghan,

Thank you so much for the answer. The one I made dried OK, but it was not sparkily enough, I think I used too much paint, not enough PE.

I did not use the Reeves, it is the other brand that goes for $5 for 18 tubes. It was watercolor paint though. I am going to look for the Reeves this weekend, is this in the paint section?

Will try some more this weekend, this has been an interesting experiment for me. Having fun.

Lee

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Posted: 10/23/2005 1:02:23 PM
I just made a bunch of these last night. M's has the powders on sale, so I picked some up yesterday. They turned out really cool. I did find that I had to have a lot more PE than paint, in order for them to really be shimmery. But it was a lot of fun, very gorgeous! Oh, and I didn't put mine in the oven to dry, I just let them set out overnight and most of them have hardened up.

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Posted: 10/25/2005 10:35:28 PM
That's so awesome that you made them! I'm really stoked that this turned out to be so useful and fun and the thread is still alive after so long.

Meghan



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Posted: 10/25/2005 11:37:22 PM
so it turns out you probably don't need a ton of PE to the paint......when they are super shimmery in the pot - they are even more super shimmery on paper LOL. It almost hurts my eyes to see my pages I'm still in awe of how creative you were with this Meghan!!!
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