Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pendants

I haven't had a chance to stamp yet this week so I am going to share a project I did several weeks ago. It is an idea I got one day while I was browsing around the Etsy site. Have you ever been on there?? Oh my, the hand crafted goodness to be found!! The sheer variety is overwhelming.


Anyway...I wanted to try my hand at making pendants from wooden discs. I enjoy a good experiment every now and then. These are 1 1/2" in diameter, so a pretty good size. Three of them are just covered in designer paper that I thought was cool and colorful, the other one is stamped with an Anna Wight flower and colored with Copic markers. I stamped it onto shimmer white card stock and I was delighted to see so much of the sparkle from the paper show through in the finished result. They are all covered with a layer of Envirotex Lite for a hard, shiny finish. I added some necklace bails to the backs and now I just need to find the right necklace for them. I am excited to wear them as I know they will make a statement!

Did you notice the little rhinestones on the one in the upper right? That was one of my "experiments" that turned out okay. I did have two ideas that didn't work out so well. I thought I would see how a rub-on would do and it the result was it peeled up under the finish...very unattractive! I also tried a different shape and due to operator error (that would be me!) I put on too much of the finish and it oozed over the edges...again, very unattractive. I don't have anything against the shape, I just need to be more careful when applying the finish.

Something out of the ordinary. I initially only did one stamped pendant because I was not sure if the image would bleed or not. I didn't want a pile of ruined attempts, but now that I know the Copics are good under the finish, I will most likely make more with stamped images.
If you are not familiar with Envirotex Lite, it can be found in the craft store (bring a coupon, it's not cheap!) and is two liquids that you have to mix together to activate. It is the kinda thing you do in batches, hence my 6 pendants. You most likely wouldn't mix some up for just one item. A little goes a long way. It has many uses and the durable, glossy finish is incredible!

I have filled one of the Stampin' Up! Designer paper shares. If there is enough interest, I will do another so email me in the next day or two if you want to be included. See this post for details.

Blessings on your day!

12 comments:

Norine said...

think you did a great job on these
hugs
Norine

~amy~ said...

Gorgeous job on your pendants...isn't etsy magnificently overwhelming?! LOL

Katie Ann Brooks said...

these are beautiful

Kim L. said...

Those are really pretty!

Kim said...

Just wonderful! I have been making domino pendants but need to put the bail on. What did you use for your adhesive? I had one that I bought of Etsy and wore it one time and it fell off. So..... I plan giving these to my children's teachers.

Blessings on your day also! Kim

Dawn said...

These look great. I've seen the idea before but could never find the necklace bailes - where did you get yours?

Anonymous said...

Very nice - I picked up some silk cording and tiny round leather cording to use (at Joann's in the beading section) - works great!
NancyS (momsnack)

Stampedbyanangel@aol.com said...

These are fabulous! You did a great job on these, they are very inspiring.

Julia Aston said...

These are wonderful Tracy! I've made dominoe necklaces but never saw them on wooden disks - thanks for all the deets on how you made them!

mE said...

Found your blog via Splitcoast's BLoggers Club...

These are gorgeous pendants! I am going to have to try my hand at some of these :)

Inky Smiles!
Erin

Michelle said...

Beautiful pendants! I just love them! This is probably a dumb question but where do you get the discs to even make them. How do you add the necklace bails to the backs? I'm sure mine won't look as beautiful as yours but I'd love to try! PLUS they would make awesome gifts!

Anonymous said...

I am amazed by your creativeness!!! Just stumbled on your blog yesterday and I will be back every week!! Thank you!
Have no idea how to change the anonymous! I don't have a blog, not yet!
Crafty-liz