These pendents rock! (Te-he)
If you want to mix science with diy for beautiful results, read more below!
I fancied myself an amateur geologist and had/have a pretty nice rock collection to this day. The idea that I could make my own beautiful sediments appealed to me greatly. Unfortunately I don't remember too many of the experiments going well as I was an awfully impatient child, I am a saint today compared to younger RaChil. I would always mess with the crystals every hour or so to see if they'd grown yet, and then finally get bored and give up.
- Mod Podge
- Alum Salt (If you can find alum powder, you'll have superior results compared to me)
- WaterColors and/or
- Metallic Nail Polish
- Necklace Chain
Step 2: Leave your crystals alone for 10-15 days. Depending on the amount of alum you added the crystals could be done sooner or later(I left mine alone for about a month...when it wasn't done in 4 days I forgot...whoops!). Check on them every few days but try not to disturb the jar.
Step 3: When your crystals have reached a size you are happy with, use a spoon to remove them from the bottom of the container. I left them to dry on a paper towel overnight, they are still fragile when freshly harvested.
Step 4: I wanted to experiment with different coloring methods so I ended up using watercolors and nail polish. You could possibly try watered down acrylics or a tinted gesso as well.
The left side is crystals I painted with the polish. The right side is watercolors. I liked both for different reasons; the nail polish gives it a metallic sheen and makes the crystals look more like gemstones, the watercolor really make them look like crystals. Its a light opaque color that looks more natural.
Step 5: Paint the base of your metal charm with a thick layer of mod podge.
Step 6: Begin to fill in the charm in with crystals. I tried to start of with large pieces and fill in around them. Sometimes some of my bigger pieces needed to be broken down. I would gently separate the hexagonal crystals from each other. The crystals themselves are very hard to break on their own.
Almost there but you can see where I have a few more places to fill in.
Ready to move on to the next step!
Step 7: When your crystals are all in order, you can choose to color your crystals in whichever way you prefer. Here are some tips I learned
- Don't use too much water, mod podge is water soluble so just get the most pigment with the least water.
- Less coats look more natural, more coats look richer.
- Seal with Clear Nail Polish
- One coat gives sufficient coverage for me, I feel like more makes it a little thick. Nail Polishes could vary.
- Doesn't need sealed, or at least I have seen no reason to as of yet, will update if needed.
These babies sparkle in the sunlight!
I think this one is my favorite, most probably due to purple being my favorite color. If I wasn't so biased I would say the blue one because it looks like Walter White's Sky Blue.
I have enough crystals to make at least one or two more pendents, but my modge podge blank's pack also came with some ring settings...too bad I'm not a ring person, but is that maybe something you'd like to see? Let me know below!
Do you find long projects to be rewarding enough to compensate for their time-drain? Normally I'm a like to work on shorter projects due to aforementioned impatientness, but I am really glad I forgot about those jars, and may even just leave the next set alone on purpose!
I hope you take the time to grow your own necklaces! It makes it really special I think. I can't stop wearing mine! I'd love to see if you made one
(This item is now for sale in my shop, check it out here!)
Til Next Time!
P.S. I like to frequent these swingin' link parties!