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Have you heard of Decoden? I hadn’t until I started working on this project, but I think it’s hilariously over the top and thought it might be fun to share this technique with you, even though my kids did not partake in the project with me.* I used the Mod Podge Melts for this project, along with this goopy frosting-looking substance (Mod Podge Collage Clay) that adheres to surfaces and holds the items in place.
Decoden is essentially 3-d collage where you go to town with the materials. Do it up! Make it glitzy! Think you’re finished? Add some more stuff! I was excited to play around with this because it challenges my crafting comfort zone- I usually like to keep my crafts pretty simple.
So here’s what I did: I played around with all the materials I received from Plaid, and then I ended up keeping the project simple anyway. Apparently it’s harder for me to break out of my comfort zone than I thought…
1. If you want to make the same sort of mirror I made, start with a plain mirror. Using the silver and gold modge melts, make enough of the big old gemstones to go around your mirror.
2. Arrange them around the edge until you like how they look, then remove them just to the outside of the mirror- this way you will keep them in position so it is easy to put them back on the mirror where you wanted them.
3. Squirt the collage clay out around the edge of the mirror. This is fun! You really feel like you are decorating a cake, and it looks just like frosting. Then add your mold melts all around. Press them in and let everything dry!
Here are my tips based on my experience working with all of these materials:
•Make sure you use a mini glue gun on high heat. • Low heat won’t melt the mold melts sufficiently. • Play around with different molds and different colors of the mold melts so you have a bunch of different little pieces to arrange and see what you like. • Let the mod melts cool for about 10 minutes in the mold before you try to pop them out. • Easily cut away any excess mod melt with scissors. • Nail polish works really well as a paint on the mod melts!
Here are the materials they offer to get you started with Decoden:
Collage Clay– lightweight whipped clay great to use for Decoden, 3D Collage, Assemblage Arts, 3D Stenciling and more. Available in two trend right colors, Vanilla White and Strawberry Pink
Mod Molds– create embellishments using Mod Melts, made of durable, easy to use silicone
Mod Melts– Use Mod Melts with Mod Molds to create custom embellishments for craft projects. Use with a high temp mini glue gun.
Podgeable Glitters- Sparkle projects without the mess or waste – package makes it possible to ‘pouf’ the exact amount needed.
- Collage Drizzle Paint– add extra drama and dimension to designs
Want to try this crazy stuff out yourself? You can find it at Michaels by clicking here. And I got you covered with a whole bunch of FAQs, more info. on the products, and a video for your viewing pleasure.
Click the image below for project ideas:
Plaid has a contest going on now where you can win $160 worth of decoden materials and books. Check it out here and good luck, crafty craftersons!
*Collage Clay is not recommended for children ages 12 and under, and the product is not edible. Small parts are a choking hazard for children.