Do you remember the Colored Rice Leaves craft I made a few weeks ago? I loved how they looked, but they were too fragile to use as I'd intended. An anonymous commenter made a great suggestion: Try setting the wire and rice on parchment paper, pour white glue over the rice, let it dry, then peel it off. So that's (almost) exactly what I did!
Step 1: Form a leaf from the wire and glue it to a piece of parchment paper. Spread a thin coat of glue in the leaf and then pour colored rice over that. Let it dry completely.
Step 2: Brush off any excess rice. Then flood the top of the rice with glue, taking care to stay inside the wire.
Uh oh. It turns out that colored rice both swells and bleeds when it is flooded with glue.
Not a problem. Just wipe up the excess. Or avoid the problem in the first place by adding layers of glue slowly over time.