Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Attractive" Charm Necklace set

Happy Monday! When I opened my first package from Sakura Hobby Crafts, it included this wonderful jewelry making kit for their featured swirl technique to design with. To my amusement these white brass pieces were capable of being attracted by a magnet! Immediately I knew I wanted to explore that with my project.

For this project I used:
Swirl Kit A from Sakura Hobby Craft
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer [in kit]
Adirondack Alcohol Inks and Metallic Mixatives
thin magnetic sheet[recycled works good]
Small bits of cardstock, punches, embellishements

I began by coloring the White Brass with Alcohol Inks and Mixatives--these are excellent for adhering to the non-porous surface and make a background that helps camouflage non-perfect cutting of the magnetic inserts.

 I then measured the charm to figure out how big my magnets needed to be. I traced and cut out several magnet circles. Next I pealed off the old paper revealing just a thin magnet. I adhered the magnet circles with Crystal Lacquer to cardstock and papers for backgrounds--being sure to check which side of the thin magnet was attracted to the white brass.
I trimmed out the magnets, added some distressed stains or ink to the edge and then began building my inserts. I adhered all the parts with the 3D Crystal Lacquer. Edges that hung over were trimmed off to enable the insert to fit into the charm. An additional coat of lacquer over most of the 3D elements on the above insert was added.

Additionally I made several other inserts adding metallic lacquer and punchies, microbeads, or buttons to create festive alternatives. The inserts are very fun and will make for a fun necklace to celebrate a variety of seasons! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you like my project!