Sugarwings wanted some gifts to give to her birthday party attendees, and I wanted to make something special for a gathering I am attending this week, so we saved the drippings from our last day of painting to make some necklaces.
This is how it starts.
She laid a piece of parchment paper under her work area to catch drips, then spread the paint with a spatula so it would be thin enough to use in a pendant tray.
The name for this is ugly too. These are called "skins".
But once you start looking up close, you find some lovely, little areas that are ideal for jewels.
A generous dusting of glitter went over the wet paint, then we let it dry a week.
The next step is isolate the pretty areas and place 1" glass nuggets over them.
They are glued to the paint covered parchment, cut out after the glue dries, then the parchment paper is peeled off the back and the domes are glued into pendant trays.
I use a decent sized dollop of glue, press the dome into the tray tightly, then clean off the excess glue that oozes out.
This one had a surprise heart show up.
After drying, I slide them onto a leather cord and tie slip knots onto it to make the length adjustable.
I've also tried just dipping the bottom of the glass into the paint, but I don't think it is as solid of a hold as gluing the paint skin to the nugget then gluing that to the tray. Plus you get more control over the paint this way, you can pick and chose where you want to glue the glass down.
Sugarwings also made this painting to give as a grand prize to the scavenger hunt winner. I was proud of her work, she knew exactly what she wanted to pour and how to do it. This is done with the end of a water bottle! We cut off the curved bottom of the bottle and placed it in the center of the canvas. Then, she slowly and carefully poured one color after another onto the bottle piece, and let the paint flow across the canvas to create petals of a flower.
This kiddo is growing up. She is attending Jr High, taking martial arts, and has a whole new sense of self confidence to go along with her joyful, zest for life. I'm impressed with her as well as her paintings.