número cinco – 7/12/12 @ 9:01 AM
July 12, 2012
I don’t want to say I’ve given up on the screen-printing idea but I have determined that there are other (still very cool and much easier) options. My favorite being this bowl from designboom.com made with sand and glue, dripped over an upside-down, plastic wrap covered bowl.
Found this on pinterest via my good friend Angela and the description under the picture suggested Elmer’s glue. I checked with Ruth in Costa Rica and she told me,
“A note on Elmer’s glue … or should I say, the sand bowls. They are beautiful, and sand … well, everywhere. In Rama country, they live on a sand bar. So I really think that is something interesting everybody can do, and maybe decorate it up for sale. HOWEVER, we will have to see about Elmer’s. I have several bottles, but everything that easily works back home needs to be tested. The humidity is intense. VERY intense. I am afraid it might never dry! So say that it doesn’t. Ideas on alternatives to glue it together?”
So, of course, I hit the books—or should I say the interwebs—and learned about glue. Oldhousejournal.com gave me an excellent break-down of the different types of glue and how they’d hold up in high humidity. Seems to me that a polyurethane glue is what I need, however, I must first make sure it will drip properly when mixed with sand. So EXPERIMENT TIME! As soon as I get home from the beach on Saturday, that is.
Speaking of being here in Nags Head, I’m still doing what I can to prepare for the trip. I’ll only have three days at home before I hop on a plane, after all. I took a group of cousins and siblings (can’t keep ‘em all straight) to a local thrift store where among the ugly pillows, framed and faded Bible verses, and what appeared to be a bar but was now covered in garish Christmas things, I found a few treasures. Two children’s books, one about colors and one about regions of the world, and three CDs, a “Songs 4 Worship” and two classical composers, sorry, I don’t remember who.
I will post an update on the sand bowl thing soon.