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Topic: *Updated*Altered Domino Pendants (Picture Heavy)- With step-by-step process info  (Read 4415 times)
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sillysmushyhippocake
« on: December 20, 2009 10:49:27 AM »

I recently took a closer look into the world of altered art dominoes and I am hooked! I have foregone eating and sleeping, practically. All I do is drill, prime paint and work away. I love making these! They are so much fun and the possibilities are endless. The sky is literally the limit. Here are a few photos of my latest creations. Let me know what you think. I have more in the works and will update the post with more pics as soon as I photograph the finished pieces.

The process:

1- I bought a box of dominoes at Walmart.

2- I used my Dremel drill to drill holes through the game pieces. (Note: Use protective eye gear and wear a mask while drilling. No exceptions.)

3- I then dusted them off (drilling them is messy), and applied gesso all over each domino. I use paint brushes, but have read that sponges may be used as well.

4- Once the gesso dried, I painted each piece to my heart's desire, using Folk Art Acryllic paints. They're inexpensive and come in a great variety of colors- matte, metallics and opaque.

5- Once the paint dries, you can do anything. You can decoupage artwork onto the piece, or use stamps. I've done both, and am partial to stamps. Michaels has a great selection of rubber, wood-mounted stamps, as well as the new, clear acryllic stamps. You can even embellish them with beads, cabochons, keys, rhinestones...you get the idea.

6- When I am satisfied with the creation, I again don my protective eye wear and mask and take them outside, place them on a flat surface and spray them with triple-thick glass-like lacquer and let them dry for 24 hours.

The world of altered art dominoes is truly amazing. They can be pendants for jewelry, magnets, keychains, books...I am in love with all of the possibilities.





















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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2009 12:23:00 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2009 03:22:02 PM »

super cute stuff..love it..
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2009 12:54:04 PM »

I love them all! Would a paint mask be okay to wear while drilling? It's made from some kind of strong fiber paper sorta stuff!!?
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2009 06:23:37 PM »

I love them all! Would a paint mask be okay to wear while drilling? It's made from some kind of strong fiber paper sorta stuff!!?

Yes, I use a paper/fiber type mask. It's also important to wear the mask and eye gear when you spray them with the lacquer.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009 07:24:07 AM »

i love these!!  especially the sort of wacky skull-man one, and the owl w/ "enlighten".

curious - what brand/kind of lacquer do you use?  does it ever make the paint run?  i find if you get one that's too strong, it can mess up any paint/marker you use on the dominoes.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2009 10:34:18 AM »

i love these!!  especially the sort of wacky skull-man one, and the owl w/ "enlighten".

curious - what brand/kind of lacquer do you use?  does it ever make the paint run?  i find if you get one that's too strong, it can mess up any paint/marker you use on the dominoes.

I'm trying to remember the brand name (I'm at work). I know it's triple-thick glass-like blah blah blah. I'll shoot you a message with the name when I get home.  Smiley

As for the paint issue, any paint, including ink from stamps, etc., has to be 100% dry before you spray the lacquer. Otherwise, it will run. I learned that the trial and error way. Also, you have to hold the can atleast a foot away from whatever you're spraying. If you spray too close, the lacquer can look gloppy and foggy.

The lacquer is actually a pain in the rear. Sometimes I use clear/top coat nail polish, and it works really well. Sally's, to be specific.

I've completed new domino pendants, but haven't had the chance to photograph them yet. Will do that soon.
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009 11:57:16 AM »

cool - thanks for the tips!  and the lacquer name PM will be greatly appreciated!! look forward to seeing some more of your 'noes. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2010 01:35:45 PM »

There all so awesome! Very good job! I really like the seond one and the fifth one!! It may sound stupid but I never thought of drilling holes the way you did...I usually go through the domino..but I like your way better Tongue
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