Opposite Earrings

Another PCA-inspired project this time — an earring pair with the stripes in one running in a direction opposite to the other.

Opposite embellished earrings

The course that inspired me is Embellished veneer cabochons by Debbie Crothers. Debbie teaches how to make cabochons by applying multiple veneers, created using various techniques, onto a surface. A key component in her veneers — silkscreens — is still elusive in my local market, so I decided to work without silkscreens. I made some new veneers, and also reused leftover ones from other projects. I also made some stud earrings to attach the dangles to. I love the studs too. 🙂

I finally used some techniques that I’d been wanting to for a while —

I applied gold foil onto my clay. I rubbed the foil backing with my fingers, and the transfer was decent. Maybe it’ll be better with some quick waves of a heat gun? I’ll need to try that out sometime.

I also used liquid clay on the surface for some glossy shine! I have to consciously stop myself from abusing this technique. 🙂

I had some plans to fill up the zigzagging line in the middle, but in the end, I decided to scrap them. I’m pretty happy with this pair.

Textured pendant

Sometimes, ideas just grab hold of you, and you have to execute them, at least to see how they turn out. This was one such time, and the idea was to make a pendant with a lot of texture. This is how it turned out —

Textured pendant

Textured pendant

And this is how I made it —

Body shaping

I cut two fairly sturdy sheets of cardboard into rectangles of desired shape. Mine are about 1″x2.5″ (2.5cm x 6cm). If your cardboard is thick, remember to cut holes for the final finishing right now. (Even if it’s not thick, it would probably be easier to cut the holes.) I shaped the circumference by first snipping off the corners into rounded ones, then lightly sanding the whole edge with a 400-grit sandpaper to give it a rough, half-finished wood-like feel. I then glued the two pieces together. If you’d like to, you could have another go with the light sanding, but I left the piece as is.

The paintwork

I applied watercolor paints on the piece, light brown on one long end and light blue on another. Note that for this to work, the brush should not be too wet. I made really long strokes, all along the length, sometimes straight, sometimes slightly oblique, until the texture slowly evolved to my satisfaction. I’d wanted a stripe of dark blue at one of the long ends, so I’d chosen cardboard that already had a stripe. (I’m lazy that way. 😀 ) But if you’d chosen plain cardboard and want a stripe too, you must wait until the paint dries. You could then cover the part where you don’t want the stripe with neatly-cut scrap paper, and paint away the exposed part. That’ll give you a straight stripe, and you can remove the scrap paper then.

The finishing

I wanted the finishing to have some texture too. Since the edges of the pendant are rough-wooden textured, I thought I’d try for a similar finish. I chose glossy Mod Podge for this. (I have no idea how a matte one will turn out. Personally, I think the texture won’t be very visible.) I scooped up a glob of the stuff with my finishing brush, and kept applying it, again with really long strokes, continuing even when it started drying. While it dried on the pendant, it dried on the brush too, which made it convenient to turn the strokes harsher — see the soft gouges in the picture below? There, that makes for a textured finish!

Textured pendantThe one last thing to do before you can call it a day is, of course, secure a jump ring in the top hole! 🙂

So, are large, textured pendants your cup of tea? Would you make this differently, unique to you?