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Topic: Skeleton Cameo Necklace (with step-by-step how I made it)  (Read 1140 times)
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« on: October 29, 2013 10:22:54 AM »

I needed something skeleton/zombie themed for my OTT Halloween partner, Glamis. But I wasn't sure what to make. I wound up buying a flexible silicone mold of a lolita skeleton cameo and figured I'd try my hand at casting a pendant out of it. Turns out, it was harder than I expected and took a bunch of tries to get it right. LOL

Here's the end result though:



I started with this:



And after trying a variety of materials, I finally wound up using a white polymer clay. (I didn't get a shot of the front before I started painting but you can see the white back)



I used a combination of pearlescent white acrylic paint, red acrylic paint and a green mica powder to paint the detailed casting and give the recessed parts a hint of the green. When it was done, I put a coupe light coats of Mod Podge over it to seal it.



I adhered the finished it to a ready-made bezel, then strung hematite colored glass pearls, accent beads and red jade beads to make a complete necklace.


Thankfully, she loved it which was a great relief since it was my first time making something like that and I after all the failed attempts to get it right, I was really pleased with how it came out! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2013 12:22:30 PM »

The pendant looks great and the beads you paired it with make a beautiful necklace.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013 12:50:09 PM »

Wow, that is beautiful!  And I agree re: the beads.  Gorgeous pairing.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013 12:57:35 PM »

Thanks guys! Grin I wanted it to look elegant and then you would do a double-take and BAM! it's really not as traditional as you first assumed. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013 01:07:52 PM »

It is really a unique and well made piece!

Thanks for sharing your process with those of us who do not work in this medium or even make jewelry...very detailed work...interesting to me...

I am sure your partner loved it...it is just something you do not see everyday!
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2013 04:10:08 PM »

It looks interesting in the first shot, and the close-up of the pendant itself near the end really shows the lovely painting details. It's a beautiful piece.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2013 06:29:27 PM »

Oooh! I bet she loved it! Great work!
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