Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Little Jewelry "How To"

For Christmas this year I had it in my head that I wanted to 
make the ladies in my family necklaces.
I really wanted to make something handmade & girlie.
When I get something in my head...I get kinda obsessed. :)

My first obsession - hand stamped jewelry.
LOVE it.
But, I wanted to make it myself - and thought 
getting all the supplies I needed 
would exceed my Christmas budget soooo...

My second obsession - pendant jewelry with 
Dimensional Magic (or Diamond Glaze).
They are so fun and easy to make, every girl I know may get one. 
(Friends reading - be prepared!)
Here is a very basic, quick tutorial on how to make your own!!

You will need a pendant of your choice. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. I know they have them at Michaels, Joann's, and on Etsy. (I wait until the jewelry is 40% off so I can stock up. The cashier at my local Hobby Lobby said that their sales are on a cycle that run every other week. Good to know!) 
Also, you will need a ball chain, scrapbook paper, pencil, 
scissors or punch, Dimensional Magic
a pin (for poking nasty little bubbles!), embellishments, and words of your choice 
(I use my stash of old books or print a bunch out from my computer).

Regular Mod Podge & punch not shown
  Here we go - SUPER easy...

1) After you have chosen your fab paper, use a scrapbook punch or 
template to cut your paper to the size of the pendant. 
The bezels from Hobby Lobby (from the company Findings) have a template right on the back. 
I actually used clear plastic (like acetate) from some packaging 
to trace over the shape so when I cut my 
paper I could see my the design clearly. 
For this necklace a 1" punch worked perfectly!

2) Use all your different goodies, words, and embellishments 
to figure out how you want your pendant to look.

3) When you have a design ready to go, use Mod Podge 
to secure the paper to your pendant.
(Make sure it is glued down well. I keep a cloth & toothpick close by so I can wipe away the excess.
I want to keep the top of the pendant clean.)

4) Continue creating your masterpiece and seal the top with 
another layer of Mod Podge. 
Set it aside to allow the Mod Podge to completely dry.

5) Once it is dry, start applying the Dimensional Magic into the pendant. DON'T shake the bottle! Those little bubbles are pretty nasty and can be really annoying. I move slow, starting on the outside, and move towards the middle. Have a pin handy in case you get a bubble. Just pop it!

Don't be alarmed by the cloudiness. It goes away once it is dry!
6) Finally, put it in a safe place and let it dry overnight.
The next day string your pendant onto a chain and 
you will have a beautiful new piece! :)

If you look - you can see the little bubbles I didn't catch. My daughter still loves it! :)

Just a little note...Dimensional Magic reacts to water. It is not waterproof. 
So, don't wear it when you go swimming or while dancing in a rainstorm!
I need to try resin next. I think that it is more durable. 
Have you used it before??

I hope you had a beautiful week!


  1. These are great - I bet your family loved them. I'm going to pin this now so other people can see your lovely creations.

  2. I love this - it was very inspiring makes me want to try it out!!

  3. oh thank you for this tutorial. I think I want to tackle this too! Looks fun and simple! You rock my vegan socks!

  4. I love this kind of hand stamped jewelry. I will soon realize this and for the resin, I think I'll buy here :