HOW TO USE SATIN SHIMMERS
SATIN SHIMMERS CAN ENHANCE YOUR GLASS PROJECT
WHAT ARE THEY?
Satin shimmers are mica powders infused with a dichroic coating. These satin-like lusters give a rich array of shimmering color to your projects.
HOW TO CUT SATIN SHIMMERS
You can use sissors, xacto knife, punches or machines like Cricket and Zing ot make cutouts.
Below are a sample of punches from Hobby Lobby.
There are many shapes and sizes of punches.
You can use two punces to develop a different pattern.
For example, use the small circle to punch out the larger circle giving you a ring shape or even a moon if it is off center.
Satin shimmers only stick to glass and not to each other. Look at the pattern below.
In this Ring Pendant, the Rose ellipse is over the other cutouts. Punches were used to make the cutouts.
When fired, it will wash off because Satin
Shimmers DO NOT stick to themselves.
This will make Ellipse look like it is under
the other pieces. Keep this in mind. The first
patterns down come out on top. Notice how it is pressed to the glass between the layers.
You will see this fired pendant at the bottom of
THEY ARE EASY TO USE
1. Cut out a pattern from the Shimmer Material.
Here is a cameo of a girl cut out from the 4" x 4" material. The cutout is shown to the right of the material.
2. You will need alcohol to clean the glass and a some distilled water to soak the cutout in.
The shimmer will sink to the bottom so keep the water in a shallow vessel. I goofed and put it in a deep cup. No problem. I still could use it, just got my fingers wet.
3. Fill a vessel with distilled water and drop your cutout into the water.
In about as minute, the shimmer will separate from the paper backing.
Place the shimmer with its loosened backing onto your glass. Tweezers are helpful for lifting the cutout from the water and placing it onto the glass.
Slide the paper off the backing.
Move it into the desired position.
Sponge dry with a paper towel.
Let it dry before firing.
4. Here are two pendants I prepared for the cutouts.
One is black and one is white so I will be able to see the contast.
Both are capped with clear glass although this is not necessary.
5. Here are the cutouts drying on the glass surface.
You can also have cutouts overlap. Since they only stick to glass, and not each other, the first one down, under the others, will appear to be on top when they are cleaned. The overlap will wash away.
6. The pendants were fire in a Paragon SC-2 kiln.
RAMP: 200 deg/minute
TEMP: 1325 deg F.
HOLD: 20 minutes.
COOL: 200 deg/minute
This is how the shimmer material looks on the white pendant.
This is how the shimmer material appears on the black pendant.
There is more contrast with the black.
HERE IS HOW THE RING PENDANT TURNED OUT
After firing you can see how the ellipse has shrunk over
the gold circle and heart.
Now we'll clean it.
Now you can see that the rose ellipse appears to be
under the other decals.
It is important to remember this when using
Satin Shimmer decals.
1. The shimmers used were back-backed. You can also get translucent shimmers, but the black-backed give the deeper color.
2. We can provide the shimmer material and any cutout design you would like. See our Sillhoutte Stencils for some examples and our Shimmer Kits.
3.Satin shimmers come in the following colors: