Monday, March 11, 2013

Accessories: making a pin with dimensional magic

I have boxes and boxes of jewelry making supplies but I don’t often make jewelry. I haven’t really mastered the chains and jump rings and I don’t even own those little pliers that you need.

Making a pin or brooch is one item that can be easily made without extra jewelry making supplies.

This is all you need. Some type of backing, a few beads and other embellishments. For my pin, I used this filigree backing but any small surface will work. Even a bottle cap. Most of my beads are from broken bracelets or costume jewelry that I’ve had over the years.

Decide on your design and position your beads on the backing. Once you are happy with your design glue your beads onto the backing using E6000 glue or some other type of clear craft glue. Let dry completely.

Once your beads are set and the glue is thoroughly dry, apply the Dimensional Magic. Ideally, you’re applying the Dimensional Magic onto a solid surface. Since my backing was filigreed it kept seeping out the back. What was I thinking? To solve this problem, I let what remained on the pin dry and added a second coat of Dimensional Magic and it worked perfectly.

The Dimensional Magic is clear. I’m not sure why mine is blue. It could be a reflection from the blue crystal beads or it turned blue from the metal backing or the beads. I’m not sure but I kind of like it.

You can use this piece as a pin, or a pendant if you glued on a ring for the chain – even a statement ring would be fun.

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  1. Very pretty - would make a lovely broach

  2. That turned out great! It looks like you've been making jewelry forever!

  3. This is a beautiful accessorie!I love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  4. This is so pretty. I am a sucker for pins! I love that dimensional magic too!

  5. This is a great idea ... and the perfect way to use pieces from broken old jewelry. Love that product from Mod Podge!

  6. So lovely! I wear vintage pins on my jackets and purses but have never thought of making one (until now!).

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  7. This is gorgeous!!! Love me some dimensional magic!

  8. This is so pretty! (And I love that the glue turned blue - who cares why, it does add a little something extra! LOL)

  9. I haven't tried dimensional magic & don't make jewelry often, but I will have to grab some for my broach making. I handcraft clay trailer broaches & this maybe the perfect thing to bling some Visiting from

  10. This is so pretty, I have quite a few vintage pieces and this has inspired me to try and make a few on my own!

  11. How beautiful Carolyn! Love the colours.


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