15 April 2013

Daisy Pendant

Hello!
I promised you more jewellery this week, so here it is......
My daisy pendant really has more 'arty' techniques than jewellery making techniques going on, so very achievable even for those of you out there that don't usually make jewellery! I've used a Vintaj metal blank as my base, Vicki has loads of different blanks in the shop for you to have a play with!
As well as the Vintaj blank, I've also used the range of colours produced by Vintaj (in collaboration with Ranger). These are called Patinas, and were produced especially for colouring metal. 'Patina' is a bit of a misleading name really, as there are lots of very vibrant colours in the range, not just the greens and browns that the word 'patina' conjures up! Patinas themselves are kind of a cross between alcohol ink and paint. They have the 'stickability' and permanence that alcohol inks have on metal, but with an opacity more like paint.
Anyway, enough waffling! Here's how I made the pendant.
Patinas have a mixing ball in them (like Snow Cap alcohol ink mixative), so shake like mad before you use them! Put drops on a craft sheet...
 Then apply to your metal. This can be done however you like, for this piece I've cut up little bits of Cut N Dry....
Patinas can be blended together when wet, much like alcohol inks can. They can also be layered up, and this is what I have done here. I started with a base of blue, then added accents of green and turquoise...
As with paint, layers need to be dried in between colours. Remember that you're working with metal though, it gets VERY hot when you heat it! The blanks are a fabulous base for stamping on, so thats what I did! Remember you need to use a suitable ink, I used VersaMagic as its multi surface, and permanent when heat set.
I wanted to highlight the petals, so I added more blue with a paintbrush...
I also added gold accent beads....
As this is a piece designed to be used, I needed to seal it to protect against chipping etc. Vintaj make a special glaze just for this, and I would really recommend it. It also acts as an extender for the Patina colours, much the same as the blending solution works for alcohol inks. Very very fast drying, and a couple of coats gives a really good protective finish. I use mine on all sorts of things that need sealing!
The pendant is now done, all that remains is to add a chain! I've created a chaos wrapped loop to join the chain to the pendant...
(I much prefer 'chaos' wrapped to neat wrapped loops, much more organic to my eye!)
Thread through your chain, and you're done!
 
  Don't forget that any kind of metal (Vintaj or not!) can be coloured with the Patinas. Here are a couple of examples from a project I did for Craft Stamper a while ago....
The wings are Vintaj leaves!
As the base is metal, any textures or raised areas can be sanded back to give a different look. These are Vintaj star charms that I've sanded back....
So....that was Vintaj and patinas! Next week I'll be showing you some ideas on how to create filled bezel pendants, so please check back!
oh and before I forget........ The winner of last weeks bracelet!! I put the comments number into the random number thing (minus duplicate comments and comments from DT members!) and this is what it told me....
So.... that means the winner is :
ElizabethR said...
This is fab I love it and you have made me want to play lol. Elizabeth x

  Please send me your address Elizabeth, and I'll get the bracelet in the post!
Thank you to all who commented!

love Trish xxxxx














6 comments:

kiminkco said...

Another fabulous project, i'm really going to have to give jewellery making a try!
Kim
X

butterfly said...

Fab-looking piece of jewellery - the patinas look so cool! And congrats to Elizabeth...
Alison x

Hilary Smith said...

Love this pendant. Just starting to broaden my horizons from card making / scrapbooking and have bought a melt pot (still wrapped!)Looking for hints and tips, thanks for all the advice,
Hugs
Hilary x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wow this is really fabulous. I have not seen anything like this before - the patinas look fabulous. The seed beads too just make it pop. Looking forward to more jewellery pieces - all very new to me, but I would love to have a go.

Moira Greig said...

This is really nice, love the colours. Well done to Elizabeth x

Caroline said...

Sorry I'm late!!! Doesn't change fact that I Luuurrve this pendant. The rustic/handmade feel appeals to me! These paints look interesting (oh nooo, can't lift shopping list!! Lol) TFI :))