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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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