Tutorial: Simple Embossed Pendant

Embossed Pendant
With launching Foxy Like A Crafter, I have been totally obsessed with building a wardrobe and discovering those little pieces I need to pull an outfit together. My first stop was realizing that almost all of my necklaces were fancy and I needed something simple and plain for when I just needed a little something to wear under a blazer or for a little pop of color. This pendant is so easy you’ll make one for every outfit.

Embossed Pendant Tutorial Step 1

These blank bezel shapes are easier to find now than ever. I got three or four different varieties at Hobby Lobby, but you can find them anyplace that has a beading section. Then you’ll need a paper you love and some embossing supplies.

Embossed Pendant Tutorial Step 2

Trace the bezel onto the back of your paper to get a rough approximation of the shape, and then trim down as necessary to fit inside.

 

Embossed Pendant Tutorial Step 3

Glue the paper inside the bezel. Ink the front of the paper with clear ink and sprinkle clear embossing powder over it generously. Shake off the excess, reserving it for additional coats.

Embossed Pendant Tutorial Step 4

Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. While the melted powder is still warm you can add more powder to create a thicker coat. I like to do about three coats. Let cool and your pendant is finished. Seriously. Toss it on a cord and throw it around your neck. You could make it and wear it in less time than it takes to wash your hair.

Embossed Pendant

I’m a bit rough on my embossing powders – spilling them and sweeping them, along with bits of dust and hair, back into the bottle; mixing with other colors; etc. – so my clear embossing powder didn’t come out quite clear. If you aren’t compulsive about using every grain of powder, yours will probably be much clearer.

There are plenty of ways to get this same clear effect. I’ve used diamond glaze, resin, artist’s sealer, and they all have their pros and cons. I’ve had mixed results getting diamond glaze to dry truly clear, I’m often left with milky white spots. Plus there’s the time of letting all that wet paint dry. I like embossing powder because of the ease and because it is so instant gratification.

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