Friday, January 21, 2011

Monogram Pendant & Charm Necklace with Tutorial

I really wanted a monogram necklace but wasn't sure how to go about it. I found this bracelet on sale at HL and had an idea. I took apart the bracelet and used the circle pieces to hold the monogram. I made one for my Mom, Mother-in-Law and myself. I did them all in our favorite colors and picked out some other charms to add a little vintage style. 
(Tutorial below)
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Monogram Pendant Tutorial

You will Need:
Clear Embossing Enamel
Embossing Gun
Embossing Ink (I used Versamark)
Desired Charms
Circles cut to fit the inside of the pendant
Either ink and ink blenders or colored paper
Monogram (Mine were stamped)

Step 1: If you are not using colored paper then you will need to either leave the paper white or use your favorite color ink. 
Step 2: Stamp or place your monogram in the center of the circle.

Step 3: Next, you will need to cover your circle with embossing ink.

Step 4: Shake clear embossing enamel over the circle until fully covered.

Step 5: Using tweezers, gently and carefully pick up circle and shake to remove excess embossing enamel.

Step 6: Heat emboss until your surface is clear and shiny as in the picture below.

Step 7: Once the circle has cooled, place glue on the inside of your pendant. Align your circle inside the pendant and gently apply light pressure around the edges (Some glue may pool over the edge of your circle. That is no problem, wipe it off as best as you can).

Your pendant should now look like the picture below.

Step 8: Hold your pendant with tweezers and heat the already embossed circle. This will cause the enamel to melt again. 


Step 9: Quickly apply a layer of embossing enamel over the circle. Again, shake off the excess enamel.

Step 10: Heat emboss until your monogram is clear and the enamel appears smooth. 

Step 11: Repeat steps 9 & 10 until desired thickness of enamel is reached.

If the Monogram begins to rise, you may need to let the monogram cool for a bit before reheating the enamel and applying more.

As you can see in the picture below, there are bubbles of enamel on the sides. Not to worry, when you are done you can scrape the sides with your fingernail and the bubbles will be removed.

Step 12: Once you have scraped the sides to remove the bubbles, heat emboss again to remove any scratches you may have caused on the face of the monogram. 

There may be voids on the sides which can add a little bit of a distressed look. But, if you want a void free surface, continue to apply the enamel.

Step 13: When you have reached the look you want, set it aside for a few minutes to cool before assembling.

Step 14: Assemble pendant onto your necklace and show it off!!!


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