Yesterday's video project centered on the dilemma some have in working with hollow-backed vintage style stampings, especially when they'd like to design them into pendants.
Sometimes the pieces are just a little too lightweight with that bumped up back. WHAT TO DO?
While you CAN fill them with resin....and I've done that a bunch of times....
You have to wait for the resin to set up.
Why not use polymer clay?
This video will show you just how to achieve that:
Polymer clay is very effective, it's very inexpensive and it bakes up quickly....and voila, you're done.
To get the hanging aglets into the piece so you can have the delight of adding charms, chain and dangles to the design, you simply will use shortened and bent eyepins, or a bit of 20 gauge wire.
Very easy! Watch me do it in the video!
More shots of my one finished necklace:
The stamping that I used is of course available at B'sue Boutiques
You will find it here:
Because I had to hurry through getting ready for the tutorial, my backs are not as smooth as I'd like, but you get the idea:
Got some little bits baked in there, ugh. It's just the back, but I like my backs looking good. Not so bad that I will not use them, however. AND, as you can see....they are signed. VERY simple to do with clay.
Here are the fronts of these two:
As you can see I put the hanging aglets in different places here.....it's fun to experiment!
AND, I did the big heart stamping that I showed you in the video, too:
As I built up the clay in the hollow back I decided to use a little extra and push on the clay to make it come over the sides. I textured it and lined it up a bit, and it made sort of a funky bezel.
Here is the back, which I impressed with a Lisa Pavelka texture stamp, the Tooled Leather one, which is my fave:
And again, you can see that I have signed it.
It's not perfect but I have a good start on a new idea for that heart. I used inks and Perfect Pearls by Ranger to create the subtle color.
It will be fun to make and choose the right beads and dangles to add to the heart. A little frayed old crochet lace or fiber might be kind of cool, too!
Enjoy the video. I make them just for you, you know!
And we added a WHOLE BUNCH of new stuff to B'sue Boutiques this week, so why dontcha come on over and visit?