Christmas cards aside, I’ve been feeling kind of … bored with cards lately. My card box is overflowing, I need to send out many of the ones I have before making any more.
I’ve been wanting to try something different.
So I did. Here is a little pendant.
It is a tile pendant from a kid’s kit I bought: Tile Art Necklaces by Creativity for Kids. (NBUS)
I don’t have any kids of my own, but I like to buy kid’s art kits: they don’t cost very much, they include everything you need to try a new project or technique, and since, you know, they’re for kids, you’re relieved of any pressure to make it great. It’s just a child’s toy. The quality of materials isn’t great — but if you find a technique or project that you like, you can invest in better tools and materials if you make more of them.
So this starts with a glazed ceramic tile, 1 in ch square. I stamped and trimmed a piece of neutral decorated paper, stamping with the Chinese ideograms. I affixed the paper to the tile surface with several layers of Mod Podge. After a few layers I realized with annoyance that the Mod Podge I have is Matte and not Gloss — and it dries very matte indeed. So I topped it off with a layer of Glossy Accents. I added a small sprinkle of gold glitter on top of the Mod Podge before applying the Glossy Accents, and embedded a black gem in the Glossy Accents.
The kit comes with self-adhesive ribbon to finish the edges of the tiles. Glue a finding on the back and it is done.
I like it OK. I’ve been wanting to combine papercrafting and jewelry making for a while, so I think I will make more of these.
Thanks for looking. Leave a comment if you like seeing me branch out.