Saturday, April 23, 2016

Party Cat Pendant

Hi There & Happy Saturday!!  It's me Shari here with you at the Lost Coaster's Review Blog today--Thanks for stopping by!  I've got a little jewelry project to share with you that I created using one of our Party Cats images and our Doodle Circles stamp.  It's a mostly experimental piece, made with questions like "what will happen if I do this?" and "what will happen if I do that?"   Well, this is what happened--
I've just started to learn soldering, in an attempt to make my own soldered glass jewelry pieces, and this pendant is one of my first experiments.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to create this--
I started by stamping this darling Party Cat image onto shrink plastic with Jet Black Archival and let air dry. 
I fussy cut the image and you can see it's almost 4" tall--before the heat meets the shrink...
Here's Party Cat all shrunk down to a wee 1 1/2" stature. 
I stamped a piece of mixed-media paper with our Doodle Circles image with Jet Black Archival and cut down to fit the size of the pendant glass-1 1/2" x 2".  I adhered Party Cat in the center with a little dab of matte Decou-Page and added a couple of black enamel pearls, then I applied a layer of Diamond Glaze over the top-I'm glazing this to create a flat surface for the glass to sit flush with. 
Glaze dry, there is still a bit of a raised surface with Party Cat, but, since I'm experimenting, and don't know how well any of this is going to solder once it's all assembled anyway, I'm going for it!
I've sandwiched the stamped and glazed tile between two pieces of flat glass, wrapped foil tape around the perimeter and burnished all of the edges.  The whole tape-wrapping thing--I'm not very good at it and you can see that here, but I'm still going for it!!
My soldering is far from perfect and there are some chunky spots, but overall, I think this is pretty neat!  OH--OK, something that happens during soldering--the piece heats up and in this case, it made the diamond glaze 'melt' around the inside perimeter.  Even though that's a boo-boo, I'm totally OK with the hazy aura that was mistakenly created. 
I was so concerned with what was going on with the front of this piece and all of my soldering mistakes, I almost forgot about the reverse side!  Easy Peasy--a few chit chat stickers to create a quote and there you go! 
I created the beaded dangles and attached around the soldered jump ring and this pendant is finished!  Even with its imperfections, it's still pretty cute, if I don't say so myself!
Well, Gosh--This pendant fits perfectly with this month's Team Inspire challenge theme of Anything Goes!!  There are 2 days left until the challenge link closes at 11:55pm PDT on the 25th, so bring your stamped creations over for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda
Thanks Again for joining me here today!!  See you next time!!

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