Username Post: Perfect Pearls Question        (Topic#1535184)
ScrappingKitty
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I was thinking about buying a set of perfect pearls today. I've watched four or five videos on various techniques. I think it looks super cool and I really can't wait to try it out. But here's my question...

Do I need to spray it with water to "set it" so the perfect pearls do not come off when I apply it dry? I didn't think it needed that b/c it advertises as having a built in resin to afix its self. In the videos by Ranger Ink, the demonstrator does NOT spray it with water. In videos by a different website, the demonstrator DOES spray some water in the air and then waves the paper through it.

What do you all do when you use perfect pearls? TIA


 
CorrieW
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From what I have heard perfect pearls have a binding agent in them so you probably don't need to spray them with water. There is a similar product (can't remember the name) that doesn't.

BTW you can make your own glimmer mist by adding a small amount (scoop some with a popsicle stick) into a mini mister filled half way with water and alcohol (this makes it less likely to warp). I did this and added some reinker for some color it turned out nice. The paper curled but did not warp and I was able to flatten it back out.


 
ScrappingKitty
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Yeah, I saw the homemade glimmer mist demo on Tim Holtz's website. Looks like fun!! Good tip about the alcohol additive into the mist. I'll have to try that out.


 
ScrapperDMcG
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I have perfect pearls and although I don't have the package they came in I remember reading that you do have to spray to set them. But it's just misting and doesn't make the paper curl or anything.


 
Seaexplore
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I usually spray mine- just a mist in the air and pass thru with the paper. Or mist over the top and just let it dry. Mine don't warp the paper.


 
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  • nicy on 05-22-10 01:23 PM
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The instructions say you have to do what you described (spray and hold object under) to set the perfect pearls to ensure it does not rub off.

But, I am really excited---I just left my local Art Supply store. They told me that Pearl-ex was going away and all large bottles were $2.50--that is half off---and I had just left Michaels--they are selling about 10 colors in these tiny little jars for $25. The ones I purchased are about 3 times larger. Anyway, Pearl-ex is a shimmery pigment powder just like perfect pearls. So, try your art store!


 
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I spray mine. Usually with Glimmer Mist.

Especially on Grungeboard. On paper, sometimes I will leave it...


 
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  • nicy on 05-22-10 02:16 PM
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One more thing about the fabric paint--If I get a PEAK, I shake the paper side to side to get a mound without a peak. Try that!


 
Seaexplore
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pearl ex is NOT the same as perfect pearls! You have to mix the pearl ex with some sort of binder.


 
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Pearl-Ex needs to be mixed with gum arabic to make it bind. Perfect pearls already has the binder mixed into it.


 
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  • rtay on 05-24-10 08:05 AM
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If your using Pearl Ex..which I do rather than the perfect pearls and do not have or do not want to by the Gum Arabic..you can use Honey as a binding agent.





 
ScrappingKitty
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Thanks for all the tips ladies! I ended up not buying the Perfect Pearls this past weekend. I wanted the pastel set, but they didn't have it in stock. Maybe next time! Thanks again for all of the tips!!


 
Seaexplore
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I bought all the sets. Started with one and then had to get all the rest. LOVE them on dark paper! I've painted with them on lighter paper. GORGEOUS! I just have to find time to sit down and play.


 
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