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Paper Pendants


Hi, this is Dina for Splitcoaststampers. In this video I’ll show you how to use watercolor
paper to create a sturdy pendant for a necklace or an ornament. I’ve cut 4 little teapots with a Spellbinders
die out of heavy watercolor paper – this is 140# hot press paper, and that weight works
really well. This shape has a hole at the handle where
I’m going to connect my cord but I need a hole for an embellishment – if your die doesn’t
have a way to hang it, you’ll need to punch a hole in each piece so you can attach a jump
ring, and you’ll do that in the same way I’ve done here – punch one and then use that hole
as a template for the other pieces. You can either line up the die cuts and mark
the hole with a pencil, or stack two together and punch through the same hole – you just
want to make sure that the hole is in the same place on each layer. The next step is to color one of the die cut
pieces, and that wlll be the one on the top when the pendant is complete – I’m using watercolor
paints to color mine, but you could use pencils or markers, or whatever you like best. I actually have several layers of paint here,
and I dried with a heat gun between layers so I could build some dimension. Here I’m using colored pencil for some more
detailed shading. And then I decided I wanted a little more
color on the teapot so I went back in with the watercolor and added some more yellow
to the highlighted areas. To create the pendant, we’re going to layer
the 4 die cut pieces together, so you’re going to need some kind of liquid glue or a matte
gel medium, and we’ll stick the pieces together one at a time. While the adhesive is still wet, you can give
the pendant some shape by curving it gently with your fingers – you don’t want to curve
it too much or the layers will start to slide and your holes and other details won’t line
up, but you can give it a slight curve. To make sure my punched holes stay in line
I’m using a bent out paper clip, and I’m going to put the end through the hole – that will
keep them together as the glue dries. You’ll want to be sure to let the glue dry
completely before you go on to the next step. When it’s dry, you can use a nail file along
the edges, and that will take care of any shifting that might have taken place or any
edges that aren’t lined up perfectly – it also will take away that layered look, so
it’ll look like a single solid piece, and not so much like paper. I added a step in here, and this isn’t in
the photo tutorial – I decided I wanted a little metallic sheen on my piece, so I pulled
out some Inka Gold – I have a ton of this from a time when they were on sale, and some
of them are drying out, but they can still be dissolved with a little water and used
for a shimmery wash – and all I did was just to pick up a little of the product with a
wet brush and I created a little palette in the lid. so if you have any of this in your
stash, don’t throw it out if it’s dry, you can still use it. The last step here is to give the pendant
a glaze – this is the product I’m using, but any other varnish or acrylic glaze will work. I let my first coat dry and did a second coat,
and I also put a coat of glaze on the back side of the pendant. While you’re working, make sure that your
glaze isn’t filling in any holes in the design of your die, and you can clear those out with
your brush as you’re going along. Here’s another little extra, but in case you
may want to hang a bead on your pendant, here is how that’s done – I’ve got a 2″ head pin
here , and I thread my bead on it, and then using round nose pliers I’m going to grab
the wire about 1/4″ above the bead, fold the wire down, and then over at a 90 degree angle,
and then I’m going to wrap that end around the wire until it gets back down to the level
of the bead. Use cutters to trim it as close as you can
to the wire, and then use some flat pliers to press down the end so it can’t catch on
anything. Then I use the round nose pliers again to
tweak my little loop so it’s straight and centered, and that’s it! I have a 7mm jump ring here, and I’m going
to open that and thread it through my punched hole, and I like to use 2 pairs of pliers
when I’m working on jewelry so I don’t wear my fingers or my nails out – so I put one
end through my little hole, and then I hook my little bead wire on there before I close
the ring back up. That’s that! If you’ve punched a hole on your piece to
hang it as a pendant, you’ll use your jump ring in that hole. You may need to adjust to a larger jump ring
if your hole is a little further from the edge. The last step is to attach some cord or chain
to create a pendant, or maybe a hook and hanger if you’ve made an ornament. This is a fun project, and you’ll be surprised
how sturdy 4 layers of paper can be! Thank you so much for watching.

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