Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Plethora of Patchwork

Let's start things off with a winner, yes?  The lucky person who won the CSN Stores giveaway for $35, is Lori from here's a hand to hold on to !!!  Happy Saturday, go get yourself something cool!

Thanks again for entering Friends!  I love giveaways, don't you?

As you may know, I love making jewelry, particularly pendants. I have a new favorite to make, you could say I'm addicted to creating them.  I thought I would share a tutorial on how they are made.



This is one of the finished pendants...

Let's start from the beginning...



My original inspiration was from my patchwork Fluff jar .  I had this square punch already, so I started going through my scrap paper.



I started punching out different papers. For this one, I thought I'd try a black-with-a-little-white theme.




I could do an entire post on my love for Stampbord. It's one of my favorite things to make pendants on.  It's this great stamp-able (technical term) surface. You can Mod Podge on it, paint on it...there are endless possibilities. 

This one was painted with black acrylic paint already, so I took out my Mod Podge and started placing the squares on the pendant. I placed them one row at a time, and it is totally fine to overlap the edge of the pendant.


As you can see, the squares are going over the edges--that's fine! The surface look very bumpy and uneven, but that's from the Mod Podge. 



When it was dry, I flipped it over and trimmed the edges with my exacto. 



After that, I took a file and smoothed the edges.  I added one more coat of Mod Podge to seal all of the edges.




I wanted it to have a smooth, shiny surface, so I used DG3 Art Gel.  There are a few different kinds like this out there.  Mod Podge has one that I am dying to try out, and Diamond Glaze is also similar.



Always start at the edges and work your way around to the middle.  I recommend squeezing out a little onto wax paper to get rid of that inevitable bubble that is at the top.  Never shake this product either, it likes to be still.

The Art Gel gets cloudy as it dries, but it clears up nicely.  When this one is dry, I will use E-6000 to attach a bail to the back of the pendant.

Here are a couple that will go into my Etsy shop...


This is a pin...cute on a jacket, eh?




The color combinations are endless!  Which one is your favorite?






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26 comments:

  1. How beautiful and thanks for the tutorial. You would think that the black and white one would be my fav and of course I love it, but the last oval one...there's something about that one!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing Christine! They are really beautiful!

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  3. oooh - love these! Love the oval shape and love the black and white color scheme! Would go with everything! Been on a yellow and white and navy kick lately though! Too cool! Off you shop at your Etsy!

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  4. Your pendants are so cute and sofisticated at the same time. Love them.

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  5. they look great! thanks for sharing

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  6. These are so cute, Christine! Thanks for the tutorial...Christine

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  7. Hi Christine,
    What a great tutorial! I have never heard of stampboard. You seem to have a knack at discovering all of the coolest products and supplies! Sounds like such a fun project, my very favorite is the oval pendant. Love it!

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  8. I love them, especially the oval one! Brilliant idea and tute, thanks so much! I'm gonna have to look around to see if I can get this stuff in the UK.

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  9. Wow! You've been busy! I like the star pendant!

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  10. Christine!! I absolutely love these! Just posted to the MPR Facebook group. xo

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  11. I love this! I can't wait to try it!

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  12. I have never seen something like this. The pendants look great.

    Chrissy

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  13. The oval is my fav by far. As soon as I saw it I thought it looked like a pumpkin! LOVE IT!!!

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  14. What a clever and cute idea! I'm so glad you linked these to Favorite Things Sat. Your tutorial sure makes it look easy. Thanks for showing us the how to. laurie

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  15. What a great tutorial. I love, love, love the black and white combo. So simple and elegant. I've never heard of Stampboard. So thank you for introducing me. :)

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  16. Thank you for sharing!!!!!! I love these!!!!

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  17. These are terrific! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  18. Dang, Christine! That's neat. I'm impressed.

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  19. Oh I love this. This is something that I would love to do. Thanks for stopping by and sharing this lovely bit of jewelery. Inspiring for sure.

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  20. Super-cute, and the effect is marvelous. May I suggest trying Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on the top? Looks like a resin but it's a water-based, raised top coat. I have a review of it on my blog: http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/craft-product-review-mod-podge-dimensional-magic-2/
    Keep up the great work! -Jenny from CraftTestDummies.com

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  21. This is a super cute idea! Thanks for sharing. We will be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com Can't wait to make some. :)

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  22. This is a super cute idea! Thanks for sharing. We will be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com Can't wait to make some. :)

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  23. Super-cute, and the effect is marvelous. May I suggest trying Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on the top? Looks like a resin but it's a water-based, raised top coat. I have a review of it on my blog: http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/craft-product-review-mod-podge-dimensional-magic-2/
    Keep up the great work! -Jenny from CraftTestDummies.com

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