Saturday, February 7, 2009

What I'm Working On

There are so many cool collage sheets with so many cool images on them that I find it hard to resist buying them. So I haven't. Resisted buying them. The best part is that you get them almost instantly because they are sent to you by email, and you can save the collage sheet and use them over and over again. So, I'm trying out these collage sheets on wood pendants, similar to the ever popular scrabble tile pendants, only bigger. I also have some plastic game tiles that are the same size as the scrabble tiles that I'm using for pendants.

However, scrabble tile pendants are a dime a dozen these days, with entire shops devoted to scrabble tiles and those shops selling at rock bottom prices. How to put a spin on the pendants so that they won't just blend right in with the other 200,000 scrabble tile pendants on etsy?

Solder around them!

This way I can add a charm at the bottom of the pendant, and also don't have to use those expensive pendant bails (about 50c each) that everyone else uses.

I don't like using resin to seal these, it's just too messy and also the fumes are very toxic and you're supposed to work outside or whatever. I've had no luck at all the few times I've tried the resin and have either ruined the pendant because I touched it too soon or didn't get all the bubbles out, or have gotten the resin in places that it shouldn't be, like the arm of my sweater. I'm using diamond glaze, which has its own issues with bubbles, but at least I don't have to use it outside! I've tossed quite a few pieces in the trash because of the bubbles, but I'll keep trying.

I'm also trying my luck with domino pendants, again, soldering around these, no charms though, the pendants are pretty big without any extra stuff on them.

One of the collage sheets I got is this one of the Mexican loteria images, sized just right for dominos. Again, I've had to toss a few because of the unpopped bubbles, but I got a whole box of these dominos for cheap cheap cheap over at Target.

So, that's what I've been doing the past few days.


Janet Campbell said...

These are SUPER COOL! Love them! Bravo!

Karin said...

I returned some to an etsy seller because of bubbles -- and I had not realized what I was buying. They were in metal frames, but laid very low in them and just didn't look rich. Plus, the bails were as you say. She was very gracious about it.

As you know, I love your pendants made with the silver.