Here it is the first week of March and I find myself wondering where did February go? The month ended and I still had a million tasks still left to do. Life and work has been hectic and crazy and blessed. Sadly it all kept me from doing one of my most favorite things, creating and blogging. Hopefully I can get back in my routine and back on track soon. To start off, I have a quick jewelry tutorial to share with you.
I have shared before that I am tinkering a bit with jewelry making. It is a fun change to add something different in the mix. Even if you think of yourself as a jewelry making novice or beginner, you can make this pendant! It is so easy thanks to the gorgeous elements from Vintaj!
Place the Vintaj Square Frame Blank on an open Vintaj Deco Emboss folder. Place the blank on the design area that you would like to apply to the blank. I used the Fern Fronds Deco Emboss folder.
If you are using a Sizzix Die Cutting Machine, place the closed Deco Emboss folder between two cutting pads. Place the stack on a cutting platform opened to tab 1. If you are using a untabbed platform, you will want the platform plus a solo shim. Run the stack through your Sizzix Machine.
Choose which side of the blank you would like to use. One side will have the design embossed (raised) the other will have the design debossed (recessed). I am using the side where the entire leaf design is recessed.
Place a small drop of Moss and Agate Vintaj Patinas on your craft sheet. You don’t need much paint, Vintaj Patinas spread well and go a long way.
Use a brush to dab the Patinas onto the metal blank.
Within seconds of applying the paint, use a paper towel to blot the Patinas. Blotting the Patinas will help to blend the colors and will remove the excess paints.
Use a Vintaj Reliefing Block to buff over the metal blank to remove the Patinas from the raised areas in the design. Reliefing will also shine the natural brass of the blank.
You can leave the blank as is or seal the blank with Vintaj Glaze. The glaze will keep the shiny finish on the natural brass. Without the glaze, in time the brass will age and darken.
To make the pendant look finished on both sides, relief the blank to add shine. Add a coat of glaze. Set aside to dry.
Paint a Violet Sprig with Emerald Patina. Use a paper towel to blot the excess Patina.
Buff the Violet Sprig with the reliefing block.
Paint over the flower part of the Violet Sprig with Chalcedony Patina. Blot the excess Patina with a paper towel.
Paint the center and veins on the Violet Sprig with Moss Patina. Allow the patina to dry and then buff lightly with the reliefing block.
Place a small crystal bead on a 2″ head pin. (I used a Swarovski Bicone, I don’t know what size it is, sorry.)
Place the head pin with the bead through the hole in the Violet Sprig.
Wrap the excess wire of the head pin around the stem of the Violet Sprig.
Hold the Violet Sprig over the pendant. Use a marker to mark the hole of the Violet Sprig on the pendant.
Use a jewelry punch to punch a hole through the pendant.
Bring the head pin wire from the back of the pendant through the hole…
to the front of the pendant. Pull this wire as tight as possible since it will be what secures the Violet Sprig to the Pendant.
Place a small colored bead on the wire.
Curl the end of the remaining head pin wire to secure the bead in place. Curl the bead and wire as tightly as possible against the Violet Sprig so that it is held securely.
Add a jump ring to the finished pendant. I added a small drop of clear quick drying glue to the back of my violet sprig to keep it in the center of the square instead of hanging straight down.
This pendant features the same process with a different metal accent (DP275 Woodland Leaf) an acrylic flower, and a different Deco Emboss Folder.
Add a chain to your pendant enjoy!