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Festive PlatesFestive PlatesbyJerrie Hanchuk
Making the Plates

- clear glass plate (washed)             - glue (Mod Podge)
- 100% cotton fabric (washed)          - sponge brush
- glaze or water based varnish       - glass scraper
- x-acto or other cutting tool
       - sand paper

The Process:
(1)  Cut out a circle (from the fabric that has been washed and dried) that is 2.5 cm larger than the plate. Make sure it is free from all lint, threads etc.
(2)  Place the plate, upside down, over a small bowl so that it's raised above your work area. On the exposed underside (actual bottom of the plate),apply glue using the sponge brush to the entire surface ensuring that the ridge and edges are adequately covered.
Apply glue
(3)  Place the fabric over the glued plate area, right side down. There should be fabric hanging over the entire edge of the plate .
Placing Fabric
(4)  Working from the centre of the plate outwards, smooth out the fabric with your hands ensuring all creases, air pockets and glue globules are pressed out. Let the plate dry for 2 to 3 hours.
Fabric Overlay
(5)  Apply a coat of glue over the fabric that is now glued on to the plate. Again, be careful to cover the entire surface including the ridge and edges.
Second Glue
(6)  Allow the plate to dry overnight. Sand with sand paper and remove the resulting dust by adequately dusting or vacuuming the plate.
(7)  Apply the first of two coats of glaze. Let dry 3 hours . Apply the second coat of glaze and let dry 24 hours.
(8)  VERY CAREFULLY, using a craft knife with a sharp blade, such as an x-acto knife, trim the excess fabric hanging over the edge of the plate. As a safety precaution you should protect your non-knife hand in some manner to prevent cuts in case the knife slips. Caution: This step should not be done by children or anyone who has trouble with manual dexterity.
Trimming the Fabric
(9)  To finish, wash the top of the plate removing any glue or glaze that may have gotten on it. (Do not get water on the underside or bottom of the plate). Dry the plate. Your comments on these instructions would be appreciated. You can drop me a note at festiveplates@hotmail.com .
Cleaning the Plate

There is a learning curve in making fabric-backed glass plates. I remember tearing off the fabric and starting all over on many of my early attempts. The process I am currently using differs slightly from that given above. I have gone to a verathane (instead of the glaze or varnish) and I sand it after each application. I have experimented with different glues and am currently using a combination of two which adds an additional step but I find that the frequency of the dreaded "fabric lift", while working with the plate, is drastically reduced.

I have often been asked if I give lessons or classes. At the present time I am taking names of people who would be interested. So, if you are interested please e-mail me at Festive Plates.


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