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Friday, June 5, 2015

DIY Molten Jewelry

Hello Fabulous People!

One of the DIY projects that I absolutely love to dabble in, is jewelry making! I love all types of jewelry projects, repurposing vintage finds, playing with polymer clay, beading, you name it. If it's an accessory project, I'm in! So I am very excited to share how I made these earrings, and what medium I've been playing with!

Being a bit bored with the materials I had been working with, I wanted to try something unconventional, and turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I happened to see a Mod Podge Melts post, which led me to a tutorial on Debbie Doo's blog. The project was for using these elements in your home decor, but I thought they would be cute as jewelry or hair accessories. Being full of inspiration, I was ready to go! The only problem, I didn't have all the lovely Mod Podge brand items to work with, yet! Being the impatient person that I am, I thought I would work with what I had, until I got to the craft store again.

The items that I had on hand were, resin molds, hot glue, glitter, and acrylic paints. So I started playing around with my materials. I filled up some of my resin molds with the hot glue, boy was that a mistake! I could not get the glue out! Feeling a bit bummed out, I started doodling with the hot glue on the parchment paper, a kind of "connect the dots" motif. That motif, morphed into some pretty cool shapes. So I decided to throw some paint on them, and turn them into pendants, earrings, and hair accessories.

So for this DIY Molten Jewelry project, you will need:
  • hot glue & gun
  • parchment paper
  • a shape template (from the computer or hand drawn)
  • acrylic paint
  • jewelry enamel (optional)
  • paint brushes
  • jump rings 
  • earring wires/hooks, or hair clip/pin
  • clear coat (optional)
  • needle nose pliers
First, heat your glue gun. Now choose your selected shape, I drew mine, but you can find lots of free templates online. Next, place the shape template under the parchment paper, and add a couple dots of hot glue. DO NOT let the dots touch, or they will morph into each other, and ruin the shape. Drop a couple of dots, let cool, then you can add dots around the cooled ones. It takes a bit of patience, but do this until you have filled out the complete shape.

After the shape has cooled completely, remove any glue webs that you don't want. Then, flip over your piece and add a jump ring to the back, with a little hot glue. If doing a hair accessory, I wait until I have painted the piece before I glue it to the clip or bobby pin. 

When the piece has cooled completely, you can paint with your favorite acrylic paint or jewelry enamel. You can try painting a base coat, let it dry completely, then add other colors to it. I like the layered look myself, so I add paint and then dab a bit off, to let the base color show through. After the paint has dried, you might want to add a clear coat to it. I usually let the piece dry for 24 hours, then I attach the earring hooks or hair clip.

So that's about it! The possibilities are endless, and I hope you have as much fun as I did! Go create something awesome!


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