Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pretty Poinsettia Candle Holder using FABRI-TAC, LIQUID LAMINATE, and ZIP DRY








MaterialsLIQUID LAMINATEZIP DRY PAPER GLUEFABRI-TAC
 Glass votive candle holder 3” high or larger
 Cream  or white mulberry paper
 Red and green decorative holiday papers
 Metallic gold pen
 Leaf paper punch
 Gold beads, approx. 4mm
 Red fiber cord
 Tweezer
 Craft brush, 1⁄2” wide flat
 Scissors
Instructions:
1.Tear mulberry paper into small pieces and adhere to entire holder with Liquid Laminate as per bottle directions. Let dry.
2.Apply Fabri-Tac to rim of the holder and wrap red fiber around several times. Glue in place and let dry.
3.Use the leaf paper punch to punch out 12 petals from the red paper and 5 from the green paper. Using the gold pen, draw lines around the edges of each petal and leaf. Let dry.
4.Cut out a small square of red paper. Glue 6 red petals onto the square using Zip-Dry. Glue 6 more petals in between the ones you’ve just glued to achieve a layered look. Glue the leaves onto the underside of the flower and glue onto the votive with Zip-Dry.
5.Glue 6 gold beads onto the center of the flower with Fabri-Tac.
Designer: Sandy Rollinger

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

That Bling Thing!



Shorn Mitchell, a Beacon staff member, was inspired to decorate the interior of her beloved BMW using Swavorski crystals and Gem-Tac Embellishing Glue with spectacular results. We love the unique look she created to personalize her car. Gem-Tac has permanently held the crystals in place through sizzling summer days and now freezing temperatures. Gem-Tac is also great for embellishing costumes, rodeo shirts, swimsuits, gowns, handbags, headbands, cell phones and just about anything else that needs a bit of glitz. Reach for Gem-Tac anytime you need to add a bit of glitz & glamour to a project.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A True Story



My husband Charles was recently installing a new window just before we were slammed by Hurricane Sandy. The idea was to replace a drafty, poorly made window that dated back to when the house was constructed in1910. Unfortunately, all did not go well when he dropped the new window. Amazingly, the glass did not break but the plastic frame shattered in several places. It was not a happy moment.

Fortunately, we have GLASS, METAL & MORE on hand and my husband began to piece the window together, glueing & clamping as he went. Within a few hours, the window was installed and the damage was not even visible. We both breathed a sigh of relief that we didn't have to invest in a new window as GLASS, METAL & MORE did a beautiful job, the perfect choice for keeping things together when they fall apart!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Melissa Frances Loves Beacon Glue!


MELISSA FRANCES launched her HEART & HOME giftware and home decor line in 1996, creating paper mache boxes and shapes with charming vintage looking art labels. The vintage line was so popular that customers began requesting the labels for their own craft projects... and Melissa's beautiful scrapbook line was born. Once the labels were massed produced, scrapbookers and scrapbook publications discovered them and shared their enthusiasm with the market. In the Spring of 2004, Melissa expanded and introduced a full scrapbook line including papers, embellishments, ribbons, trims, house kits, albums, and so much more.


Melissa recently filmed 12 shows for My Craft Channel and she kindly mentions Beacon glues in almost every episode. For more information about My Craft Channel, please visit their site at http://www.mycraftchannel.com/

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Stampendous project using FAST FINISH DECOUPAGE





Thanks to our good friend Laura Weed at Stampendous, their amazingly talented design team has  created a FAST FINISH FALL featuring Beacon's FAST FINISH DECOUPAGE. Using the wonderful Stampendous images and inks along with Fast Finish, Laura created an amazing pumpkin for all seasons.

Stampendous designer RHEA WEIGARD cleverly developed a new technique with Fast Finish that works beautifully in her project. You have to check out her design at The Stampendous Blog!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Crafting with LIQUID LAMINATE, DAZZLE-TAC, and ZIP DRY




Silver Snowflake Cookie Tin
Silver Snowflake Cookie Tin
Materials DAZZLE-TAC JEWELRY GLUE ZIP DRY PAPER GLUE LIQUID LAMINATE
 4” X 6” metal tin (any color)
 Silver metallic spray paint for tin
 Blue spray paint for tin
 Paper clay or any air dry clay
 2” snowflake cookie cutter
 Blue and silver metallic craft papers
 Holographic glitter
 Assorted silver, white & blue tiny beads
 Small craft brush, ruler, pencil, paper cutter or scissors, Lucite roller or old rolling pin, toothpick
Instructions:
1.Take can outside in a cardboard box and spray the lid using the blue metallic spray paint. Let dry and apply a second coat to cover completely. Remove from box.
2.Using the same box, spray the bottom of the tin with the silver paint. Once dry, repeat to cover completely.
3.Cut a strip of blue metallic paper 1” wide and about 5” long. Make sure the paper meets the lid and does not fit under it. Glue strip to tin with ZIP DRY PAPER GLUE. Repeat process on the other three sides and let dry.
4.Cut a 3 ½” square of silver metallic paper for the lid. Glue to lid top with ZIP DRY PAPER GLUE.  Let dry.
5.Roll paper clay to 1/8” thickness. Cut out five snowflakes and let dry at least 3 hours depending upon the humidity in your area.
6.Paint both sides of the wooden star with 2 coats of gold paint, drying between coats. Draw lines around the edges of the star with the black marker.
7.Glue one snowflake to the lid with DAZZLE-TAC and the other four onto the blue strips on the side. Hold in place for a few minutes to allow glue time to grab onto surface.
8.Add a thin line of DAZZLE-TAC around the perimeter of the silver paper on the lid, one side at a time. Use a toothpick to move the tiny beads onto the glue. Repeat process on sides of can over the edges of the blue strips as shown. Let one side dry before finishing remaining sides.
Designer: Sandy Rollinger

Monday, November 26, 2012

Family Ties




The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) featured an article called FAMILY TIES in the fall issue of CRAFT INDUSTRY TODAY magazine that highlighted family businesses that have continued through the generations to the present day. More of these fascinating stories are featured on the CHA Blog at and include a wonderful video interview with two generations of the Meshirer family, Beacon’s owners since 1926. Please visit the CHA's blog to hear all about Beacon’s history and the Meshirer ‘s experience of maintaining a successful family business for over 85 years.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Box craft using FABRI-TAC















DELIGHTFUL DAISY BOX

BY SANDY ROLLINGER

SUPPLIES

  • FABRI-TAC GLUE
  • Creative Paperclay Delight White, www.paperclay.com
  • 3” X 4” paper mache box with lid
  • Blue dotted craft ribbon, grosgrain ½ wide
  • Acrylic craft paints: light blue, white, yellow, & light green
  • Holographic glitter paint
  • ½” flat craft brush, #1 detail craft brush
  • Clay roller, craft knife, ruler, toothpick , scissors, plastic mat for work surface
  • Jar of water & paper towels for clean up


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Paint box light blue and the lid light green. Let dry. Use the handle end of the brush to make
dots of white paint on the lid. Paint lid & box with glitter paint.

2. Cut a 6” length of ribbon and notch both ends. Glue to the tops of box as in photo. Cut a 5”
piece of ribbon, glue ends together to make a loop and then glue the center together to make a
box. Glue to center of ribbon on the box.

3. Roll out 1/8” thick sheet of clay onto the work surface. Use the craft knife to cut sixteen ¼” X
3’4” strips of clay for the daisy petal. Apply a dot of glue to the center of the bow. Place 8 petals
on the bow so that each is touching the glue. Glue the 8 remaining petals on top of the first
petals and gently press into the glue.

4. Apply another dot of glue to the center of the petals. Rolls a pea size ball of clay and press onto
the center of the petals. Use a toothpick to make tiny holes in the flower center. Let dry. Use the
small detail craft brush to paint the center with yellow paint.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Craft using ZIP DRY paper glue














CANDY CORN PUMPKIN CARD

BY SANDY ROLLINGER

SUPPLIES

  • ZIP DRY PAPER GLUE
  • Creative Paperclay Delight white, www.paperclay.com
  • Candy corn decorative paper
  • Striped black decorative paper
  • Black cardstock
  • Halloween message stickers, 2
  • Clay roller, ruler, paper cutter, small scissors, small watercolor paintbrush
  • Watercolors (yellow, orange, green) 2” oval clay cutter, toothpicks, scrubby pad, plastic place
  • mat for work surface
  • Small jar of water & paper towel for brush clean up.


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Roll out a 5” square of Paperclay onto the work surface to about 1/8” thickness. Press scrubby
pad onto clay surface for texture. Cut out one oval shape for pumpkin. Use the toothpick to
make two lines as seen on pumpkin. Roll a small cone shape for the the stem. Use a toothpick to
mark lines on the stem. Glue stem to top of pumpkin. Let dry for several hours.

2. Use the paper cutter to cut out a 5” X 7” rectangle of candy corn paper and glue to the front of a
blank 5” X 7” card.

3. Cut a 2” x 7” strip of black striped paper and glue about 1” in from the left side of the card. Line
edge to the bottom of the card and fold over extra to the back of the card.

4. Place Halloween message stickers on black striped paper.

5. Use a small brush and dip in yellow watercolor. Paint pumpkin. Before paint dries, add some
orange watercolor to the side of the pumpkin for shading.

6. Paint the stem using the green paint. Add a line or two of orange paint on the stem.

7. Using the small scissors, cut a simple triangle nose, eyes & mouth from the black carstock. Glue
onto pumpkin face, and then glue the pumpkin onto the black striped paper as in photo.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Craft Ideas Using Beacon's FABRI-TAC Glue





TEES PILLOW
10/22/12




































SUPPLIES

  • FABRI-TAC  GLUE
  • Tie Dyed T-Shirt
  • 16” Pillow Form
  • Scissors, Sewing Machine, Needle, Thread

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut two 17” squares from the body of the T-shirt and set aside.



  2. Refer to the Diagram A to cut the remainder of the T-shirt in 1” strips. Gently stretch each of the strips to form rolled fabric tubes. The Tees strips are formed as the fabric is stretched and each of the sides curls towards the center.
  3. Always cover work surface before gluing.
  4. Apply FABRI-TAC in the inside folded edge of a string and tightly wrap it around itself forming a spiral. Continue adding glue and wrapping around the Tees strip to the desired spiral size, Diagram B. Create nine 3 ½” spirals and let dry.
    1.                                                            




  5. Place one of the 17” squares right side up on a flat surface.  Arrange and mark location of spirals on the pillow front to desired arrangement. Apply glue to the back of each spiral and press into pillow front. Place a heavy object on top and let dry. See Diagram C below.
  6. With right sides together, stitch around the outside edge of the squares leaving a 6” opening along one edge. Turn right side out and press flat. Insert pillow form and hand stitch opening closed as in Diagram D below.







Diagram C:                                                                                  Diagram D:








TEES HEADBAND

BY LORINE MASON
















SUPPLIES

  • FABRI-TAC GLUE
  • Tie Dyed T-shirt strips
  • Plastic hairband blank
  • Scissors
  • Photograph A


INSTRUCTIONS





  1. Refer to the diagram to cut T-shirt into 1” strips. You will need two strips to create one headband. Gently stretch each of the strips for form rolled fabric tubes. The Tees are formed as the fabric is stretched and each of the sides curls toward the center.

  2. Apply FABRI-TAC to the inside folded edge of the Tees strip and tightly wrap it around itself , forming a spiral. Continue adding glue and wrapping around the strip to create the desired size.


























  3. Create three 1” & five ¾” spiral for each hairband. Refer to the photograph for wrapping spiral. Let dry.
  4. Glue to one end of the Tees strips and press to the inside edge of the headband, Hold the glued end in place while wrapping the strip around the headband, covering the glued end. Refer to the Wrapping Hairband photo.
  5. Apply glue to the hairband and continue wrapping, pressing the strips into the glue. Cover 2/3 of the hairband. Cut strip. Repeat the process starting from the opposite end of the hairband until it’s completely covered.
  6. Glue spirals to the top of the covered hairband, layering a few to create the desired look. Let dry.









Tuesday, October 9, 2012

PATCH PERFECTION!



Can I use PATCH ATTACH  on a nylon sports jacket?

Glue Gal speakls: Not a good idea! Patch Attach is a glue that is activated by a hot iron and cannot be used on nylon, leather, satin, certain synthetic blends, or shear and delicate fabrics that will either "melt" or be scorched by heat. Patch Attach is great on denim, cotton, felt, and other natural fibers.

When I opened a bottle of Patch Attach, I was surprised to find that it had no stickiness and was just a white powder. Did I get a defective bottle?

Glue Gal speaks: Patch Attach's formula is supposed to be powdery and non-sticky until it's heat set with a hot iron on a cotton or linen setting. Until heat is applied, the "magic" doesn't happen! However, once adequate heat is applied the glue is permanent, both washable and dry cleanable, and cannot be removed.

CHA WINTER SHOW 2013

CRAFT AND HOBBY ASSOCIATION WINTER SHOW, JANUARY 12-15,2013

If you're a retailer, distributor, or professional designer and intend to be at the CHA Winter Show in Anaheim,CA next year, please stop at Beacon's booth # 2337 and join us for a few minutes to see what's new and to do some fun make-take projects. We have great make-takes planned along with a few surprises. We'll be posting a lot more information as we get closer to the show.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Candy Corn Pumpkin Card

By Sandy Rollinger



















SUPPLIES
  • Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Creative Paperclay Delight white, www.paperclay.com
  • Candy corn decorative paper
  • Striped black decorative paper
  • Black card stock
  • Halloween message stickers, 2
  • Clay roller, ruler, paper cutter, small scissors, small watercolor paintbrush
  • Watercolors (yellow, orange, green) 2" oval clay cutter, toothpicks, scrubby pad, plastic place mat for work surface
  • Small jar of water and paper towel for brush clean up
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Roll out 5" square of Paperclay onto the work surface to about 1/8" thickness. Press scrubby pad onto clay surface for texture. Cut out one oval shape for pumpkin. Use toothpick to make two lines as seen on pumpkin. roll a small cone shape for the stem. Use a toothpick to mark lines on the stem. Glue stem to top of pumpkin. Let dry for several hours.

2. Use the paper cutter to cut out a 5"x7" rectangle of candy corn paper and glue to the front of a blank 5"x7" card.

3. Cut a 2"x7" strip of black striped paper and glue about 1" in from the left side of the card.

4. Place Halloween message stickers on black striped paper.

5. Use a small brush and dip in yellow watercolor. Paint pumpkin. Before paint dries add some orange watercolor to the side of the pumpkin for shading.

6. Paint the stem using the green paint. Add a line or two of orange paint on the stem.

7. Using small scissors, cut a simple triangle nose, eyes & mouth from the black card stock. Glue onto pumpkin face, and then glue the pumpkin onto black striped paper as in photo.






Sunday, August 26, 2012

All About Beacon

Beacon Adhesives manufactures a wide range of quality glues for almost any craft, hobby, home decor or repair application. For almost 90 years, Beacon has been an innovative leader in the development of unique, award-winning adhesives for diverse industries from craft to construction.

Beacon was founded in 1926 by David Meshirer as Beacon Chemical Company in New York City as a supplier to the millinery business, specifically making fabric sizings and stiffeners as well as distributing other hat making supplies. Prior to World War II, it was fashionable and proper for both men and women to always wear a hat whenever out of the house. As a result, Beacon's business boomed.

After the war, hat wearing took a dramatic decline but Beacon continued to expand into other types of adhesive products including many industrial epoxies. In 1956, Beacon's owner Mickey Meshirer, David's son, an accomplished and creative chemist, formulated FABRI-TAC, the first and still absolutely the best fabric and craft adhesive on the market today.

Fabri-Tac was dramatically different from any other glue because of its strength, clarity, and versatility. Unlike the typical white glue that was pretty much the only choice back then, Fabri-Tac revolutionized how glue was perceived and certainly expanded the way in which glue was used.

After Fabri-Tac's enormous success, Beacon developed many other exciting glues including Gem-Tac Embellishing Glue, Beacon 527, Zip Dry Paper Glue, 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Dazzle-Tac Jewelry Glue, Fast Finish Decoupage, and Quick Grip.  

The third generation of the Meshirer family, Mickey's son David and daughter Debbie, are continuing the Beacon tradition of excellency and innovation. Mickey is still creating many new formulations in the lab while David and Debbie are expanding the company both here in the United States and abroad.

All of Beacon's products are PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA!

Please visit our web site at www.beaconcreates.com to learn about all of these superb products. You can also see us on YouTube, www.youtube.com/beaconadhesives, Facebook and Twitter. Our Glueologist Mike Assile can be seen at www.youtube/glueologist.

Beacon Adhesives
125 MacQuesten Parkway South
Mt. Vernon, New York 10550

(914) 699-3400

DESIGNERS: Please contact Diane Newman at beaconadhesives@yahoo.com for information about our endorsement policy.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY Wood and Bead Necklace






Wood and Paper Bead Necklace
By Susan I Jones for Beacon Adhesives









Make a statement necklace using inexpensive materials in your choice of colors. With Beacon Adhesives,
create a fashionable accessory in an afternoon. You’ll want to make several for yourself and gifts.



Materials
ZipDry Paper Glue
Fast Finish Decoupage
Assorted paper strips, each 5/8”-1” x 4”
Round pencil or skewer for rolling paper beads
Metallic marking pen
Wooden beads, unfinished (3 large, 2 medium)
Alcohol inks or markers
Small sponges for each ink color
2 yds. Rattail cord
Metallic spacer beads with large holes
Plastic cup or bowl
Skewers or long tweezers*
Rubber gloves
Teflon craft sheet or waxed paper for work surface
Scissors

*Chop Sticks that fit the hole in the wood bead are useful for coloring and dipping the beads. If you use skewers smaller than the hole, wrap a rubber band around the skewer to prevent the bead from sliding down or off.





Directions

1. Roll a paper strip around the pencil or skewer and apply ZipDry paper glue to the paper end to secure
the bead. Hold the glued end in place until the glue grabs and the end is secure. Slip bead off of pencil and repeat rolling until you have 20 – 30 paper beads.



 

2. Cover your work surface with a Teflon craft sheet or waxed paper. Pour about 2” Fast Finish Decoupage medium into a plastic cup or bowl.  Drop paper beads in batches into the medium to fully coat each bead. Use tweezers or a skewer to remove each bead from the Fast Finish. Drain and dry on a protected surface.

     


              

3. Coat the beads twice. When completely dry, edge each bead with a metallic marker.




4. Wear rubber gloves. Put a wood bead onto a chopstick or skewer. With a small sponge apply alcohol inks to the bead. Layer the ink colors for a more interesting bead finish. Repeat with each wood bead.





5. Dip the bead into the Fast Finish Decoupage medium and swirl to coat. Allow the bead to dry then dip again for a glossy finish. Allow beads to dry completely.



Note: Some ink color may leach into cup of Fast Finish. It is ok and won’t affect the project.

6.  String the wood beads, paper beads and spacer beads onto the cord. Begin with a focal bead. Knot cord on each side of the bead to secure it.  Make knots in the cord between the beads where desired. If you’re making a double strand necklace, knot each strand together leaving plenty of cord to tie necklace around neck. Knot cut ends of cord to prevent raveling.



Design Notes:

Use all wood or all paper beads in a color family for a necklace. String wood and spacer beads onto elastic cord for a matching bracelet. Vary the shape of the paper strips for differently shaped paper beads. Thread the beads onto ribbon, leather or yarn for a different look. Add glass, ceramic or other reclaimed beads for additional sparkle.