You've probably noticed I've been dabbling in jewelry making! Perhaps a bit more than dabbling! Since Spellbinders™ released their new Media Mixage™ line, I've been doing more jewelry making than stamping!
Here's a Fleur de Lis pendant that I made for a friend. Actually, I made one for myself first. Then I made 2 more for friends who liked it so well. You may have seen it on Facebook. Cindy Alexander posted a photo when she got the package.
The base of this pendant is the smallest one in Spellbinders MB2-007S Fleur de Lis set of bezels. It comes in bronze or dark silver. What makes it so easy to add a shaped insert in the bezel is that there are matching dies! Each a perfect fit for the bezels! The Fleur de Lis bezel die is MD1-011.
I've cut a piece pink craft foil to fit in this pendant. I first adhered the foil to a piece of adhesive backed black craft foam. I often do that when I'm working with foil. It gives it body and dimension. The sticky back foam works so well! Then I cut and embossed the foil. Because the craft foam compresses as it goes through the Artisan X-Plorer™, the thickness is no problem. Because I wanted the pink insert to be about level with the bezel edges, I cut another piece of craft foam, no foil, to place in the bottom of the bezel. So there's 2 layers of the foam with the top piece having foil on it. I sanded the foil to take off the pink on the embossed areas and fastened a cubic zirconia crystal to the center. My next step was to mix ICE Resin® and fill the bezel. It's so easy with the syringe dispenser from ICE Resin, no measuring! The hardest part is waiting for it to cure! I usually pour it in the evening and by the next day it's hard.
To finish the pendant, I added 3 little pink crystals at the bottom. I used silver colored Artistic Wire to make eye pins and wire wrap the beads to the fleur de lis. I think the wire was 22 or 24 gauge. I could have easily used purchased eye-pins. For me, the wire was easier to find and I have more color choices!
Because I sent this pendant was a gift, I wanted something cool to package it in! So I made one of my fabric pockets, this time out of denim from an old worn pair of jeans. (you can see another pocket of new denim on this post)
This was a fun gift package to make! and give!
- Spellbinders Artisan X-Plorer maching
- Spellbinders MB2-007S Fleur de Lis (bezels)
- Spellbinders MD1-011 Fleur de Lis (dies)
- Spellbinders F-014 Delicate Pastels craft foil
- ICE Resin
- Cubic Zirconia crystal
- Black craft foam
- Pink Crystal beads
- Artistic Wire Silver 22 gauge wire
- Silver Cord
- Pink Satin Ribbon
- Pink Silk Ribbon
- Scrap of old denim jeans
- Beacon Adhesives - Fabri-Tac Glue