messed up graphics

Watch Me Fail & Try Again: Glazed Jewelry

Failed glazed images

Failed glazed images

Dear fans,

Failure is the mother of success. In this post, you’ll have a chance to watch me fail and try again at making glazed graphic jewelry using Diamond Glaze.

1) On to my merry way with Diamond Glaze I got this little bottle from a bead store a long time ago. After seeing that my new local bead store sells the metal charm that can hold graphics, I excitedly purchased a couple hoping to make some graphic jewelry with high gloss. Note that on the bottle it says the glaze is water-based.

metal pendant, chain and diamond glaze

metal pendant, chain and diamond glaze

2) Making the graphics since color markers are my favorite medium right now, I quickly made a drawing out of water-based color markers and water-based ink pen.

a water based graphic

a water based graphic

3) Adding collage from a magazine to make the image more interesting, I cut out some words from the inner pages of a magazine, which is just paper. So far so good, no big deal.

adding collage from a magazine

adding collage from a magazine

 4) Applying the diamond glaze Here comes the real deal. Without affixing each element together first, I happily squeezed ample amount of diamond glaze onto each pendant, hoping that the glaze itself will hold everything together. And then bubbles started to form.

bubbles forming in the pendant

bubbles forming in the pendant

5) Bleeding and bubbling in a little while, the aforementioned water-based drawing started to bleed into the water-based glaze. Moreover, since I didn’t stick the graphics together and to the bottom, more and more bubbles pop up from underneath.

bleeding and bubbling

bleeding and bubbling

6) The final “blow” yes, no pun intended, but losing patience, I decided to blow dry my jewelry so the glaze can set faster. Hot air made the existing bubbles bigger and bigger. The movement of the bubbles and glaze in the pendant made the bleeding worse.

blow drying the glaze is a very bad idea

blow drying the glaze is a very bad idea

7) Look at the grand mess voila! One thing I did right though, was to carve out the mess, cleaned up the pendants so that I can try it all over again.

messed up graphics

messed up graphics

TRYING IT AGAIN

Don’t we all, sometimes, wish that we can start all over again? Well, in this case, you can!

1) Background graphic learning from my failure, I know that everything that goes underneath the glaze can NOT be water-based. Since I’ve been collecting the foil wrapping paper of Lindor chocolate balls (don’t be jealous, I’m skinny and I eat a lot of them, ok), I decided to use it as the background graphic.

Lindor chocolate balls wrappings

Lindor chocolate balls wrappings

2) Sticking the background graphic using the glaze as an adhesive, I made sure the background image is securely stuck to the bottom of the pendant.

sticking the background layer

sticking the background layer

3)  Affixing the foreground graphic this time, I cut out the graphic, not from the inner paper pages but from the cover of the magazine, which is coated in a thin plastic protective layer. Again, securely stuck it on top of the background.

finding the graphic from the cover of the magazine

finding the graphic from the cover of the magazine

sticking the graphic to the background

sticking the graphic to the background

4) Adding some bling to add a little more shininess to it, I bust out my glittery nail polish that will sure add some sparks to it, plus help sealing the graphics.

My pa glittery nail polish

My pa glittery nail polish

glitterific

glitterific

5) Applying the glaze one more time I applied the glaze. This time, I used a small water color brush to scoop out any bubbles that formed. And of course, LEAVE IT ALONE TO DRY. It took overnight.

applying the glaze

applying the glaze

6) Done! The pendant is done after the glaze dried and it dries clear.  I then put on the chain and other hardware. Shown in the image is the other pendant that I made using the same method.

putting the pendants on chains

putting the pendants on chains

successful glazed jewelry

successful glazed jewelry

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed this Watch Me Fail report and learned something about applying diamond glaze. Do you have any experience using glaze material or making graphical jewelry? I’d love to hear from you!

One thought on “Watch Me Fail & Try Again: Glazed Jewelry

  1. Hi Bonny – these look great! Thanks for sharing your process. Ariel and I took a jewelry making class last year and had so much fun, we’re considering taking another class sometime.

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