Summer is soon going to be here and with it more light and more colours. So I thought maybe making a suncatcher is a good thing to try.
Suncatchers, it’s believed, were first made by native Americans by putting different coloured glass pieces together. Now suncatchers are mass produced and are made of different materials that allow light to pass through them, creating beautiful patterns elsewhere. Making suncatchers out of glass is a process that needs an understanding of the medium, so I have worked out an easier version that even children would love to do – using Fevicol!
We all love the ubiquitous Fevicol and have spent many a joyful hour creating all sorts of craft projects. And this one day, when I was fooling around with it, I realised it became translucent when dry. My brain went on a roll, and I made suncatchers using Fevicol!
Here is what we are going to need:
- Dot pin/needle/toothpick
- Paint brush
- Coloured ink/food colour/natural colour dyes
- Punching machine
- Some decoration items
- Lids – anything with a raised edge and a smooth the surface would do. Size will depend on how big/small we want our suncatchers to be. I used the lids of Tupperware jars. (If my mother reads this she would kill me!)
Take the lids that you chose and pour Fevicol on it, leaving it neither too thick nor thin.
I left mine to dry for about 5 minutes. Adding colours right away may cause the colours to sink into the Fevicol layer. I thought it would be better for the layer to have a thick consistency before adding the colours.
To add the colours, I used the back of a paintbrush, dipped it into coloured ink (easily available in stationery shops) and put it on the Fevicol. You put how many ever colours you want.
Once you have added the colours, take a toothpick/needle and swirl the colours around, creating a design you want.
If you see that the colours sinking, leave it aside for a few minutes and then go back to it. Also, feel free to add more colour at any point if you feel the need. As you twirl, you will realise that the design might look different from what you intended. This happens due to the different in the viscosity of the two liquids being mixed, causing unintended movement.
Once you are done, let it sit. It may take a couple days to dry completely. As it dries, you will see the colour of the layer of Fevicol change. Peel it off the surface of the lid once you feel it has dried completely.
Tip on selecting colours
I tried rangoli colours, but they didn’t settle too well. I also tried natural dyes used for tie and dye. They worked fine. The only catch is to apply a small amount of these after making a paste as these dyes are very intense. The image below is the one done with the fabric dyes.
My personal favourite is the coloured ink. It has a depth and is easy to manage in terms of design and application.
For the finishing touch, you can use a pair of scissors to cut the edges after you have peeled it off – either into a specific shape or just to smoothen the uneven edges.
Using a punching machine, make holes into the dried layer and start stringing them together. You can even add beads/feathers/bells/mirror bits or any other piece of decoration you fancy. The idea is to let your creative juices flow.
And there you have it – your beautiful, easy-to-make suncatcher to add to the beauty of your home. Now all you need to do is sit back and enjoy a cup of tea, as the morning sunlight passes through your suncatcher, creating pretty colourful patterns. #bliss
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