Friday, March 23, 2007

Bird Pendant

I made this and I can't believe how nice it turned out. If someone had said "make a piece of jewelry out of this wooden game piece," I would have freaked. I don't know how to make jewelry! But I just started playing with it, not sure what it would become, and here is the result, a little pendant. I didn't even drill any holes, just wrapped wire around it to hold up the loop at the top. It's about the size of a large domino and very lightweight. Here's how I made it: painted a layer of gesso over the bare wood. Used alcohol ink to dye it that nice goldy-yellow. Stamped a scrolly design on top and embossed it. Dyed some lace with more alcohol ink and glued it down the middle. Picked out an interesting postage stamp from my collection, glued this onto a square of patterned paper, then glued this on to the lace in the middle. Found a few beads I thought went with my color scheme and started playing with the copper wire, twisting and turning it to hold the beads and make random shapes around the central element of the bird stamp. My loop at the top is not pretty but who cares? Finally, I added diamond glaze on top of the stamp to make it dimensional. The wire sort of frames the bird stamp and so that held the glaze in the right spot. The glaze also helps to secure the wire to the piece. Viola! I made a piece of jewelry!

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