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Welcome to our super fun blog hop!!! I have loved Faber-Castell's Pitt Markers for a long time so when I received them in the mail for this hop, I was pretty excited!! I wasn't sure what I wanted to create a first and then it hit me – I have this amazing steampunk girl stamp that I knew would be perfect! She's a little too big to put into a bezel so I decided to try something I have been wanting to try forever – making my own “bezel” out of wire and paper to create a resin paper pendant.
I stamped the image onto a vintage book page using solvent ink and allowed it to dry. Then I set to coloring her in with the Pitt Pens by Faber-Castell. The inks dries slowly so there is a window of time where it can be blended. I used my finger to blend the colors together for a watercolor effect. This type of paper is much too brittle and delicate for actual watercolors and the pigment in the Pitt Pens is much deeper than that of watercolors – it's a look that's only achievable with Pitt Pens!
Once the girl was colored, I created a “bezel” by making an oval shape with two layers of ICE Resin Art Mechanique Dark Annealed 18 Gauge Wire. I wrapped the wire onto itself and then pounded it flat with a hammer.
Next I held the wire frame to the paper and cut out the paper. I mixed 1/4 ounce of ICE Resin (1/8 ounce Part A and 1/8 ounce Part B) and applied it to the paper with a sponge. Then I laid the “bezel” on top and poured the remaining ICE Resin on to make it stay in place. I sprinkled on Iced Enamels Shattered Inclusions in Fire Opal and Inclusions in Sky Blue German Glass Glitter to look like rain.
Next I applied Iced Enamels Medium to the number “3” from the Art Mechanique Silhouettes – Numerals and dipped it into Iced Enamels in Pewter. I heat set the Iced Enamels with a heat gun. While the number was still hot, I dipped it back into the Iced Enamels in Pewter and heat set it again. I repeated this process one more time. This yields a really thick, even, smooth enameled finish to the Silhouette Blank.
I added the letter to my bezel and coated it with ICE Resin to seal. After allowing the piece to cure overnight on a non-stick craft mat, it was time to make it into a pendant!
I trimmed any scraggly pieces of ICE Resin from the edges of the pendant, making sure it was smooth for whoever wears this (Katie is totally eyeing it!). I added a wire bale and wired strips of ribbon and chain to the pendant. I created a hook clasp using a technique Jen Cushman taught me in her last class at the Charity Wings Art Center. And there she is – all finished and ready to wear by someone with a big personality to match this big statement pendant!
If you're not into wearing a piece this large, she can always be turned into an ornament that can be hung. I bet she'd be pretty in a window where the sun can shine through the resin paper and catch the Shattered Inclusions in the light!
Watch this video showing how I made her from start to finish.
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE YOUR VERY OWN RESIN PAPER PENDANT:
- Iced Enamels Medium
- Pitt Pens by Faber-Castell
- ICE Resin
- Iced Enamels in Pewter
- Art Mechanique Silhouettes – Number 3