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CraftZombie
« on: July 06, 2007 03:03:58 PM »

I finally got around to making some bamboo tile pendants. I still have to add the chains, but I got impatient and wanted to post them asap! The images are from old children's books. I coated the tops with resin for that really glossy look. I was having trouble with resin seeping through and ruining my images a few months ago. I recently switched to Aleene's Instant Decoupage Glue instead and I love it soooo much better than Mod Podge. It really seems to protect the image from the resin a lot better.

So.... what do you think??



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(HOW TO MAKE THE PENDANTS IS ON PAGE 1. HOW TO WRAP THE WIRE IS ON PAGE 3.)
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sirensrising
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2007 03:07:20 PM »

They look fantastic! Really glossy and totally professional. Lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2007 03:17:09 PM »

Those are really cool. Care to share how you made them? Smiley  I want to try decoumpaging. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2007 03:31:22 PM »

Those are so cute.    I like the teddy bear at the bottom.
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2007 04:19:41 PM »

Those are really cool. Care to share how you made them? Smiley  I want to try decoumpaging. Smiley

Easy! I wish I had time to do a nice tutorial with pictures and all that good stuff....

1. Get some tiles, dominos, or wood shapes from etsy, ebay, michaels, hobby lobby, etc.

2. Cut some images to the right sizes for your tiles.

3. Get some decoupage glue. I used Aleene's Instant Decoupage Glue this time with much better results.

4. Brush some glue onto the top of the tile and place your image on top. You have to work fast when you do this because this particular glue seems to dry faster than Mod Podge glue.

5. Important!!---- Make sure that you press your image down onto the glued tile tightly. You don't want any bubbles or raised areas on the edges of the image. You want the image completely flat against the tile. This glue is thinner though and doesn't make your image as soggy as Mod Podge does, so bubbles are less likely. (Geez, I sound like an Aleene's Rep. or something. I swear, I am not affiliated!)

6. Wait around 5 minutes for it to dry completely and then brush more glue on top of the image.

7. Again, wait for it to dry and keep adding more coats of glue to the image until you are satisfied, letting it dry between coats. I put around 4 or 5 coats because I knew I was going to coat them with resin eventually and wanted to make sure the resin did not ruin the image. You can stop here if you wish. I coated mine with resin because I didn't like seeing the brush stroke lines you will get from the glue. I am anal about these things.

8. I used a different kind of resin than usual. I usually use Easy Cast resin, but this time I used Decorators Solution. I just followed the directions for mixing it, but instead of pouring it on, I brushed gobs of it on and pushed it around with the brush until the top was completely covered with a thick coat. Let them dry for 24 hours and they're finished! I put them in the oven (don't turn it on!) to keep them dust-free for the 24 hours.
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2007 04:26:18 PM »

Very cute. Do you have a jigsaw?  Smiley You could have some fun with these making them into the shapes of the animals.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2007 05:58:46 PM »

these came out great and thanks for the instructions. I bought a whole bunch and didn't know how to use them with the 2 holes now i do thanks a bunch.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2007 06:11:11 PM »

Very cute. Do you have a jigsaw?  Smiley You could have some fun with these making them into the shapes of the animals.

No jigsaws over here, although when I finally get my house, I will gladly fill up my garage with all kinds of devices I can hurt myself with!
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2007 08:45:00 PM »

These are so sweet. Thanks so much for the instructions - I have been so inspired by the many cool pendants aboard Craftster as of late.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2007 03:28:16 PM »

Those are so adorable!  Did you make copies of the images and resize them to get them so small, or are they cut directly from a book?  If so, what type/size of book?  The images in most of my collection are too large to use for this type of application....
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