Friday, May 7, 2010

How To...

Make a FREE necklace!
Personal Accomplishment- I was able to figure out some of the settings. Now you can quickly email each post to your friends AND post comments without being a blogger! So bring on those comments!!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I said free. Most of these materials are things you should have lying around the house. If you don't, you can pick them up at the craft/hobby/home improvement store nearest you.

I saw a picture of these darling necklaces here (scroll down) and thought, "I can do that!" I used left over scrapbook paper from this project, and had recently picked up the other supplies.

Here is what you'll need:

scrapbook paper
mod podge (my new bff)
paint brush
smoothing tool (if you don't have a fancy one, a popsicle stick will do)
triple thick (aka diamond glaze)

You will need washers large enough that the print from your scrapbook paper can be seen. You want to pick a print that isn't too large, because when you cut it out, you want to be able to tell what it is. To begin, trace the inside and outside of your washer onto scrapbook paper and cut out.

Paint a thin layer of MP onto the washer.  Carefully smooth on the scrapbook paper.  Be patient. You need to make sure that you secure the inside and outside of the washer. It will take some time, but it will get smooth for you, I promise!

 Let dry for 15 min or so. If you don't have the triple thick and want to keep this project in the free zone, paint 2-3 layers of MP over the scrapbook paper, letting each layer dry before doing the next one.  However, if you have triple thick, or don't mind picking some up, paint that on now.  True to its name, this stuff is THICK. Try to get as close to the edge as possible.  Assuming you aren't globbing it on, it won't run over the sides.

It needs to dry 24 hrs to create a hard, protective surface. Once dry, put your new necklace on a chain, wear, and enjoy your compliments!  Please ignore my mess of hair, I do live in Houston and we are entering those humid, summer months we're so famous for! Also, I think am going to put these on a different chain. Maybe something thicker, and less chain-like.


Now that I'm officially obessesed with Mod Podge, what about you guys? Have you done any neat projects or seen a unique use for this incredible product?

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