Vellum on vertical glass

Loretta NJ Z6October 19, 2006

I bought a few sheets of embossed vellum that I wanted to adhere to my door lites - they are probably about 4"x8". Right now they have that fake plastic stainglass that was on it when I bought the house. (Funny thing is people think it is real). Anyway, can anyone steer me to an adhesive that will keep the paper flat but not damage the glass? It has to look good on both sides. I was thinking of trying the repositional sprays but in the past, they didn't hold too well for other projects. It will be exposed to cold as it is an exterior window but will not be in direct sun.

My other choice is to make thin wooden frames that I can tack in - maybe along with the spraymount?

If this doesn't work, I might try that liquid stainglass.

Any ideas? I guess I should experiment on scrap glass or maybe I'll try calling 3M...but it gets expensive when you start experimenting with a lot of these products.

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Well the challenge with vellum is that the adhesive shows through. I know what a pain it can be to find adhesive that doesn't show just for scrapbooking or paper craft applications. (To the point that I usually just use brads)

They sell adhesives specifically for vellum at most scrapbooking stores, but I'm not sure how it would hold up to the weather. (worst case, the paper starts to curl up and you need to figure out another option in the Spring - it shouldn't do any damage to the glass that can't be fixed with a little goo gone and elbow grease)

If your heart isn't set on the vellum, I might check your local craft store for a product designed for glass.

Is the concern purely aesthetic? I don't think clear glass would look bad. Do you need privacy? What about etching the glass to make it frosted or painting the glass a dark but translucent color?

Here is a link that might be useful: craftfetish blog

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 1:57PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

Thanks craftfetish. I will look into those adhesives. I did end up calling 3M and they didn't have recommendations because the vellum is thin, they thought it would cause splotching. I thought of brads too but I think the paper would curl and they would drop out.
Getting rid of the old stainglass paper is for aesthetics. Putting up something new is for privacy. I don't want someone looking into the house when they knock on the door. I did consider painting the glass or using the stainglass in a bottle stuff they sell at the craft store. That is still an option. I've always been put off from etching because the chemicals are suppose to be so caustic.
I am considering the vellum right now because the effect is beyond my artistic ability if it came out the way I would hope - often things don't come out as planned for me.
I guess I will have to experiment here with a few options.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2006 at 2:05PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

Maybe I can hide any spotching by antiquing the paper...and it might look better.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2006 at 2:09PM
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QVC sells something called wacky tac that is specially for putting vellum on paper and supposedly you can't see it. I am not sure if it would work for your project but maybe.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 1:29AM
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I am interested in this idea, too. I was thinking of using rice paper and tearing it into irregular pieces and ovelapping them in a "mosaic" pattern. Do you think this would work? And I haven't thought about the glue yet. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2007 at 10:59AM
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Loretta NJ Z6

Mar cia, a bit late but thank you for the tip. I will look into it.
Ukigumo, I think torn vellum is effective. What is your substrate? Is it glass too or are you gluing onto something else? Do you care if it comes off clean again?
Talk about procrastination, I still haven't done this project but I did buy some acid free double-sided tape. I figure that is easily reversable if it doesn't come out the way I want it and I could go on to the next idea.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2007 at 4:09PM
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Loretta, I haven't had time to think this all through, but I was planning to glue the torn paper right onto the glass which is north facing, so no direct bright sunlight. I hadn't thought about cold.

I had wondered about using a diluted wallpaper type paste or craft glue that dries clear.

Now I am wondering about making panels -- such as one long panel of paper same size as window and gluing my random paper to that panel. Then I would attach the panel in the corners only, perhaps with doublesided clear tape.

Obviously, I haven't gotten around to this project yet -- if you have pursued it, I would love to hear your ideas.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 8:37AM
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Loretta NJ Z6

I'm getting to it ... :-)
I picture wallpaper paste as getting crackled and yellow?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 7:39PM
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This would be more of a temporary fix, but if you haven't tackled this project yet it seems like a fun option...

One of the blogs I read shared this picture of her door, decorated for Valentine's. Since it is a temporary look, I'm thinking she used poster paint or something easy to wash off.

Here is a link that might be useful: Green Kitchen Painted Door

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 10:58AM
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Loretta NJ Z6

That is cute! She doesn't answer anyone about how easy it was to clean up though.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 11:34AM
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