After applying a thick layer of ELMER's glue
to the back (just tot he edges of the design)
Most times I will cut a scrap of material cut
to size or slightly smaller and apply that over
the glue. This helps it get harder and HOLDS the
threads. (This is ONLY for my medallions, so many
have asked). When it dries it will be ROCK hard.
The reason I use ELMER"S is it dries hard,
is water soluble, and will REHARDEN.
If I ever need to open it up or clean it wetting
it down will do the trick. To clean just brush
with a soapy toothbrush, bending the medallion
to get to lodged bits it you need to and rinse.
Just press in towels to get the water out and
press under books overnight again and it should
be jsut fine.
I fold in the outer fabric, pressing it tightly
to the middle, and apply another little blob of
glue to the back of the fabric I plop on the leather.
I will press this flat and then go around with
my scissors and trim areas that might stick out
too far, since the circle of leather is perfect
and the beads ARE NOT QUITE.