Jennifer here. When I shared the calendar project earlier I promised I'd show you how to make the customized "epoxied" brad accent. Well, here it is!
Before we get started, I want to mention that this is kind of messy and slightly fiddly. Initially I was going to place a round, clear epoxy sticker over my brad, but I didn't have the size I needed, so decided to experiment to come up with some sort of an alternative....one of those "necessity is the mother of all invention" situations. I'm not going to lie....an epoxy sticker would have been a lot quicker. But this proved much more fun!
OK, so to begin. Gather your materials. You'll need a 7/8" circle punch, some dry adhesive (like Tombo Mono), a large 3-D glue dot (the fatter the better), clear embossing powder, reverse action tweezers, a 25mm Queen and Company brad, a heat gun, and your customized text or whatever you want to have showing on the brad. You NEED the tweezers to prevent yourself from getting burned. The brad and glue will get very hot.
Get your brad ready. Punch out your text. A 7/8" circle punch will reveal some of the brad beneath, giving it a nice colored border. Place a generous amount of dry adhesive on the back of the circle and adhere it to the 25mm brad. Place a large glue dot on top. Holding the brad in one hand with your reverse action tweezers and the heat gun in the other, begin to melt the glue dot.
As the glue dot heats up, it will become very liquidy (and HOT!).
Rotate the brad around to get the glue to spread evenly across the surface of the brad. Allow it to roll down the sides. Just make sure to disperse it evenly.
When the glue dot is spread out, pour the clear embossing powder on top. Continue to heat with the heat gun. I let the powder melt and keep swirling the brad around to get the liquid to spread evenly. Add several layers of embossing powder, which will build it up and give you a nice shiny finish.
When you have added several layers, let the coating cool. When you do this, keep the brad in the tweezers (it will be very hot!). The brad needs to be as level as possible or it will dry and be a bit lopsided looking. If it's still tacky after it has cooled, add another layer or two of embossing powder. And voiila--you have your very own customized epoxy-like brad accent!