Yesterday I finished the focal I was working on...the one I was featuring with our new matte black brass samples:
I beaded up the back in my usual style with some vintage glass beads I had....they were perfect for the brass w added patina. At this point, I called the piece done.
But then I stood back and looked at it again.
The cameo seemed so STARK WHITE, details obscured by lack of color...no depth. Weird, since the rest of the piece has so much detail. It begged to be accented.
I got out the patina colored Gilder's Paste and 'watered it down' a bit with paint thinner, to be more like paint. I did a wash over the fairy, then another with black. I wiped it back with a wet wipe, leaving color in the recesses of the design. I added a drop more of patina, let it dry, then sealed it.
After that, I surrounded it with some of our 2mm crystal rhinestone chain:
The cameo is 40mm around, so I'd say if you pulled off three inches you would have plenty, but it never hurts to trial-measure it. Nothing worse than being too short!
I applied it with glue on a toothpick.
YEP. I think it's done, now.
Why don't you try changing up some cameos with a little color or antiquing, and surrounding with a bit of rhinestone chain?
Really makes them pop!
Have fun! You could have a great afternoon session painting and changing up resin cameos....this would really make the design your own!