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From Mod Podge to metal

Photo of the Modern Pastry sign Remember a while back (okay, almost a year ago) when I wrote about new ways to mount my photos? It was a great idea but let’s just say I overestimated my skills in that area. I spent some fun time at art supply stores learning about adhesives and protective finishes and the difference between Mars Black and Ivory Black.I bought paint brushes and wood blocks and downloaded all sorts of instructions. But despite many hopeful attempts, the gel medium oozed all over the kitchen counter, the fumes from the spray adhesive almost made me faint, the Mod Podge showed brush marks, and my lovely varnish finish always had air bubbles. Epic fail.

So I found an alternative: prints on metal. These beauties use a dye sublimation process to embed each image in an aluminum panel. They’re lightweight, come ready to hang, and will last a lifetime.

I’m very excited about this new direction, and I think the metal prints are a perfect match for my neon sign photos.  They really glow.  You can check them out at my spring art fairs — Newton Open Studios in April and SoWa Open Market in May.  I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.

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2 Responses to From Mod Podge to metal

  1. Teena Stewart February 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Interesting concept. Where do you get your metal? Will it work on wood or tile?

    • Susan February 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      I actually work with a third-party printer, so all I have to worry about is optimizing my image to their specs.
      I have seen the dye sublimation process used for ceramic mugs, coasters, and things like that. Don’t know about wood; that’s an interesting question. I’ve seen some cool examples of photo transfers onto wood, but I haven’t tried that yet.

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