Key Project

Gel Medium

Sometimes I need to trim down the bits and pieces I use in the keys. Most of the time I use wire cutters to nip off the unwanted parts. This generally results in the excess metal pinging off somewhere and eventually (hopefully) being swept up on those infrequent occasions that I clean my studio.

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Most of the time I use Golden’s heavy duty gel medium to hold all the bits and pieces together. I am very grateful to a very generous and encouraging craft artist who suggested this product to me years ago when I was first venturing into the world of mixed media.

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I like this stuff: it’s non-toxic, practically odourless, somewhat flexible, and cleans up easily with water. And it’s easy to remove and start over if something is not working or crooked.

Sometimes I use E6000 if the join between two pieces is very small. E6000 is smelly, toxic, and possibly cancerous so I avoid it whenever possible (but not all the time, because if I need a strong glue I need a strong glue and isn’t death inevitable anyway?).

I use a paint brush to apply the gel and add extra gel medium when holding the end bits on:

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I usually prop up the bits on top of other bits until they dry (either overnight or during the work day).

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The round white disc is holding up the glued on silver bit.

The gel dries clear (except when it’s on something copper – then it reacts and creates a lovely green patina).

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