My 4th attempt at making a pretty pendant from a big brad definitely showed improvement! (If you missed trials 1 – 3 look at yesterdays post). I’m using the back side of the brad as a bezel for holding my decorative paper, beads and embellishments. I covered the paper with a thick coating of Glossy Accents and then waited about 45 minutes. Then I added the decorative brad to the middle and a mixture of micro beads all around. The fuchsia beads are bleeding in the glue, I’m not sure why. I’m not going to use them anymore even though I really love the color.
Trial #5 was done leaving the paper out of the bezel for the Glossy Accents and beading process. It’s a much thinner coat of gloss than I was getting with the paper inside but the trade off is that the color of the image is pretty true. I will tack this into a bezel.
And my 6th attempt is really my favorite so far:
This image has just a light brushing (as in with a paint brush) of Glossy Accents over the top. I placed the micro beads and the topaz gem and let them dry in place. Then I went back over the image and the micro beads with another brushing of Glossy Accents to seal them. The thinning covering is starting to grow on me. I originally imagined filling the bezel to the top with a clear drying glue so for awhile this one felt like a failure. Then I changed my perspective and now it’s my favorite.
I think I will try using a two part acrylic pourable medium on my next attempts, just to see if they will dry clear even when applied thickly over the images.
P.S. Most of the backgrounds I used are from greeting cards made by Papaya. I love the colorful images and had a lot of fun going through my cards and selecting what to “punch” from them! The papers are 1” in diameter, so the 32mm brads leave a nice border around the edges as a frame.