Sunday, November 28, 2010

Perfecting the Window Clings - An Update Post

After I posted about our glittery, snowflake, window "clings" yesterday, Christy from Superheros and Princesses, left a comment, that she'd seen something similar on Family Fun. Naturally, I clicked straight over there, to check it out.

They are making their glittery snowflake clings with puffy paint, which I found interesting. But, what really caught my eye, was the discussion going on in the comments, about the best way to make them.

It seems, clings made with puffy paint, on wax paper, don't cling well. The suggestion from the peanut gallery was to make them on a glass plate, or heavy sandwich bag.

I was curious if this would work for clings made with glue, too. So, I gave it a try, and just for comparison, made a snowflake out of puffy paint, too.

It was hard to tell with the puffy paint, if the paint was completely dry. Once it was dry though, the paint snowflake peeled easily off the plate, and clung to the window, just like the commercial clings. But, it was very delicate, and easy to tear it apart, when handling it. And actually, the snowflake pictured below was stuck on in several pieces.

It was easier to tell when the glue was dry, because it became transparent. But, it was harder to peel it off of the plate. I had to use a butter knife, to ease it up. With wax paper, the glue peels right off.

But, once it was successfully removed from the plate, it was sturdy, and it did stick to the window, without needing to be wet. Which, I thought was wonderful, because then there were no drips to clean up. I even removed it from the window, and stuck it back up a few times, just to see if it would work.

A few hours later though, as the temperature outside dropped, the glue cling fell from the window, and I had to wet it down, to get it to go back up.

The paint cling, and the glittery, glue clings, that I had stuck on earlier, have all stayed securely in place.

So, I'd have to say the paint clings are easier to put up, but we still prefer the delicate, icy, transparency of the glue, especially the ones with the glitter.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Ticia said...

Thanks for the update. Superman says he knows your son from the oven picture.

He says it looks like Batman.,.....

Phyllis said...

Your experimenting is very interesting and I loved hearing your conclusions. You are a natural scientist!

Christy Killoran said...

Fantastic! Thanks for testing it out for the rest of us!!!!!!!!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

You should add the reference to this post to FamilyFun discussion thread. It sounds like original way is the winner.

Joyful Learner said...

I love your scientific method of comparison and the conclusion, even better! I want to try this and put a little winter into our scene!

Your Nieces said...

Your crafts are really cool and we are going to try a few!

N & N

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

N&N - Thanks! Good to hear from you here :)