Monday, February 3, 2014

Crystal Pendants

I thought I would take a break from my usual projects and share some crystal pendants I made for the last flea market.  I made 20 of these and they are all different but they could be used for a lot more than just jewelry.
I used some of my old lamp crystals and decoupaged an image to the back of the crystal.  I then wrapped them with copper foil and soldered the foil.  You do need some stain glass training for this technique.
I got many compliments on these and customers seemed to like them.  As usual, when I introduce something new, the concept is slow to take off.  I sold a few of them, and I'm sure I will sell more of them next time.
I used a simple ball chain to keep my prices reasonable.  To age the chain and the soldered foil, I used an aging chemical to turn the metal dark.  One caveat if you try this, the chemical does not seal the metal so it can rub off on your skin.
I used Deft lacquer spray and gave each chain three sprayings of the Deft, turning the chain as I went.  Then I used some furniture wax on the back of the pendant.  I wore my pendant for three days and not a drop of the aged metal wore off on my skin or clothes.  I do love these pendants.  I can just imagine how pretty they would be on altered bottles, lamp pulls, chandeliers or whatever else you can think of.

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16 comments:

Donna said...

Your pendants are just gorgeous, Maggie! I love how you aged the chain and solder. Some day I will learn how to solder, it sounds like fun!

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Very beautiful!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie...Girlfriend you can do everything!! Wish I knew how to solder...I love your necklaces!

Carol

Deborah said...

these are lovely Maggie. I am sure you will sell them all next time :)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

How pretty! You're always trying something new, Maggie! I just used my patina solution to blacken chicken wire and it worked like a charm!

DJAjewels said...

I absolutely love these pendants Maggie ... thanks so much for sharing how you made these!
Irene

the junk in our trunks said...

So beautiful. Great work, your are very talented.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

How beautiful! You are truly talented!

Bliss said...

Furniture and jewelry. A great mix.

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Beautiful! I loved how you aged them.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Those are so pretty and would be a perfect Mother's day gift.

A Bit of Colour said...

I found you through "Common Ground" and I am glad that I did. I love your pendants and your other work. I took a little tour of your blog. I followed you on Facebook and Pinterest. You have great style. I love the pendants as I am a jewelry person also. I will have to try this. Thanks for the tutorial! Enjoyed my visit!

poppilinnstudios said...

Very pretty and creative!
-Lynn

Debra Oliver said...

these are gorgeous, I think you have a great idea here!!

White Lace and Promises said...

Oh wow! These are beautiful. What a great idea. You are so creative! I wish I had smidgen of that!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I may have already commented on this but I have a question. Did you make the bubbles on the edge with the soldering iron or was the metal tape you used decorative?