Saturday, January 29, 2011

DIY Paper Jewellery

When I got out my jewellery making equipment last week to create my Gucci watch knock-off, I was not only reminded of just how much supplies I have, but also, how much I used to enjoy making jewellery.

So, I decided to make something super easy and fun that I can wear as an accessory this week.  I had bought some Mod Podge Dimensional glue ages ago and have been dying to experiment with it.  And yes, experiment is definitely the right word.  I have to admit, that this post is going up a little later than usual because not everything went exactly as planned, but here's what I ended up with:

Supplies:

Steps:
1) Trace or directly cut out a circle (any size) out of heavy weight scrapbooking paper.  If you want to weigh down your paper just a tiny bit more, cut out a second circle from another heavy piece of paper, just the tiniest bit smaller, and glue to the back of your scrapbooking paper.

(I'm still trying to get the knack of this cutter,
if anyone has any tips feel free to leave a comment below
)

2) Poke a hole at the top of your circle being careful to go close enough to the edge that you'll be able to insert a jump ring, but not so close that you rip the paper.


3) Now apply your Dimensionals Mod Podge, going right to the edge, and being careful not to cover up the hole at the top.  Watch for bubbles, and if you put too much on, just let it drip off onto some scrap.  It'll all even out eventually.

As you can see...I put too much on.
I ended up adding another coat though, once this one dried.
 Let dry for several hours.  My paper started to curl up a bit, so once it was no longer sticky I put something heavy on top to weight it down.

5) Add a jump ring and connect to a chain for a necklace or create some cute earrings.

Oooh la la????
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Although I'm not super duper thrilled with the results it was still a fun experiement and I can think of other ways to improve the project.  I think I'll make some more and add a layer of Sparkle Mod Podge or glitter and other embellishments too just for fun!  And I'll definitely try adhereing the paper to something heftier next time.

There are loads of possibilities though, just think of all of the different shapes you could try if you have a template or a Cricut machine!  (oooooh, I'm very jealous of you cricuters)  Or, make a whole bunch of tiny pendants and string them together for a pretty piece.  Let your imagination soar and see what you come up with.  I'd love to hear about it.

Leave a comment and let me know if you try this out.
Could be a great last minute gift or just something fun to do with the kids.

As usual, I'll be posting at the linky parties throughout the week so make sure to check out the tab up top!

Happy Crafting~

55 comments:

WobiSobi said...

This is so great. I am definitely going to try this.

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

What a great idea! I love it!

Real Life Reslers said...

Looks fun! I'm jealous of the cricuters too lol

ibumary said...

Great idea..gotta try it!

Aunt Peg's said...

This is a fantastic idea!
My little company is about making jewelry and I can't wait to give this a try!
I would love to feature this tutorial on one of my blogs-I will post some of my pieces and be sure to give you all the credit and link back to your tutorial! I will let you know when I get the post done...
Best wishes!
Amber

L said...

So cute! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party @

http://thetreasurista.blogspot.com/p/treasuristas-thursday-treasures-come.html

Marie-Andrée said...

What I do is to put my paper in a bezel in first and a little charm and than put the dimensional magic. My grand-daughther try it and like it! It is very fun and easy.

Etcetorize said...

Great idea Marie-Andree. I tried something similar using polymer clay as my base but I didn't have the dimensional Mod Podge at that time. I'm looking forward to more experimenting~

AmieAnn said...

These are soo adorable! Love how easy they are to make! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/01/pink-hippo-party-14.html

Diane said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing! This is a project I just might have to try soon. :)

Diane
from blank pages...

Krafty Kat said...

I wasn't sure when I read the title of paper jewelry but it turned out very cute! I think you might be on to something with these! Thanks for linking up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

Chrissy said...

Oh I thought this was a great idea, especially if you have that last minute outfit to put together, and if you are like me live out in "nowhere" land, you could make this the day before? Just by using scrapbook paper in the colors that you need to accessorize. I just came over from Show me whatcha got and am now a follower.

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

Super cute! You won the chunky ring from Liv 'n chic boutique over at Making the World Cuter Monday. Contact me with your contact info, so I can get it to her and you can get your prize!
Congrats and thanks!
-Tiff
tiffhewlett at yahoo dot come

Christine said...

Hey!
I really like your idea, I think you could use it for lots of things.
nice job
Christine
greatoakcircle.com

Naturally Me Creations said...

What an interesting idea! :)
I'd love for you to link it up at my party this weekend! :)

Amanda Dale said...

Wow! Fantastic idea and so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing!

AllieMakes! said...

Very creative! We love the jewelry making here too! Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

≼mE aNd mY tℎrIfTy IdEaS≽ said...

I love this idea! I found you on Craft Roulette and am so glad I did! New follower :)

Caitlyn said...

I did something similar, using paper glued to a washer to make a donut pendant. I should blog about it, come to think of it :) I found I really liked working with paint chips - the colors are lovely, and the paper is stiff enough that there wasn't any curling.

Neelima said...

wow..... loved it completely and i am gonna try it too.... yay happy that i read such a nice post....
www.artistneelima.blogspot.com

Lynn said...

Hi, I found this via a pin on pinterest! very clever. I didn't know Mod Podge made this type of glue. I'm going to try this with a few of my punches. Thanks for sharing!

LoriF said...

I'm with Caitlin...the washer sounds like a fantastic idea, and you could texturize it with a hammer (the washer) or color it with acrylic paints. Paint on, wait a bit, wipe off after texturizing.
Also...I would try epoxy resin (readily available as Easy-Cast at Michael's etc) rather than the Mod Podge.

Amalie said...

I made something like this myself but I added 2 layers of sticky card stock to the back. I also added several layers of the mod podge to the front and back. The end result was hard and durable but still very light.

Anonymous said...

What type of cutter is that pictured? :)

Etcetorize said...

That's a Fiskars cutter. It's called the Ultra ShapeXpress. You can see a better photo here: http://www.fiskars.ca/Products/Crafting/Shape-Cutting

Anonymous said...

If you use a product called glossy accents it will product a thicker more acrylic look. You can put the paper directly on a washer (the nut and bolt kind)
and the results are great.

BluKatDesign handmade artisan jewelry said...

Super cute & simple, I will have to try this!

AmandaLed said...

I did something very similar for Christmas presents this year. The only difference was I used clear 1/8 in tiles I ordered from etsy and a small bail that I attached with superglue after the dimensional mod podge dried. They came out really cute! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I'm about to try this project using a friends wedding invitation and give it to her as a gift. Have you tried anything new that made this project better since your first post? I only have one shot at it.

Etcetorize said...

Hi Anonymous....I actually haven't tried this project again since the first go round but take a peek through the comments and you'll find some great suggestions. If I were to do it again I'd maybe put a small washer in between two pieces of paper or something similar to weigh it down just slightly.
My advice is to try it with something not so special at first (an old greeting card maybe) and when you're happy with the result then use your friends wedding invitation.
Let me know how it all works out for you!

Anonymous said...

You can even punch more holes or hole at bottom and hang items from it like silverish hearts etc.

Etcetorize said...

Oh! What a smart idea!

Eva Barkman said...

Wow...can't wait to try this out....great idea...I was thinking, I wonder if a heavy wallpaper would work too...hummm :)

Anonymous said...

I did this adhering a metal washer between two pieces of paper. It weighted it down and worked great. Thank you for the great idea.

Terry said...

When I read your posts, I can't help but think you could make a business just selling your ideas. I love observing how your creative mind works.

Pearl Blay said...

I like the fact that these would make great LIGHT earrings! Thanks for sharing. I will feature and link back in a future post so my readers can visit and see for themselves.

www.beadinggem.com

Anonymous said...

I have tried a similar project in the past, but 2/3 of the batch would turn out foggy after (some immediately, others either a few days or even a few weeks later). Have your pieces stayed nice and clear, and do you have any tips? to keep the dimensional magic from getting cloudy?

Thanks!
Kristi

Etcetorize said...

Anonymous...I haven't had that problem. I'm guessing that there could be a number of different variables, the type of paper maybe? perhaps your Mod Podge underwent some temperature change? I'm not sure. The folks at Plaidonline (the makers of Mod Podge) are excellent. Try contacting them for some extra tips and tricks. Good luck~

dawnn said...

I have a cricut, which made me think I could make flowers, initials, all kinds of things. Great idea. If I ever get around to trying it, I'll post a pic. Thx

Craftygranny said...

I'm dying to try this. But I have several wallpaper sample books I've been looking for a project to try with.

Rebeca said...

I wonder if this would work with photos? I would love to try to make something like this to hang off my bouquet when my partner and I get married. That way our family member who can't be with us in person on the day can still be close to me.

Klh said...

Thanks for the ideas and great comments. I LOVE your bouquet idea!

Anonymous said...

Really cute!! Can't wait to try this!

Pearl Blay said...

Thanks Tamara for letting me share! http://www.beadinggem.com/2012/12/mod-podge-jewelry-tutorials-to-inspire.html

Anonymous said...

This is a super awesome idea. Are these pieces waterproof once dry??? Have you any idea?

Etcetorize said...

Anonymous...Check the label on Mod Podge for more information before you go on a deep sea adventure in your handmade jewellery. I don't really have a need for waterproof earrings so I've never tested them. My guess is no, they are paper and water, which probably doesn't fair too well in water.

Evon Von said...

This is a really cool idea! I love finding a new way to make jewelry. I might try this soon! And link back to you!

Evpn
Evon Von

Marie Papa said...

I love this idea! I did something similar using used-up gift cards; decorate with scrap book paper or Podgeable paper, sealed with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Happy crafting!

Lynda Yilmaz said...

The best advice I can give you for that Fiskars cutter thing is lob it straight out of the window. I've watched a dozen tutorials, read practically everything I could find on the subject and still it never works for me. Did like the jewellery by the way - thank you.

Brenda said...

I was sincerely impressed with your idea. I loved the fact that you could use up alot of scraps from your scrapbooking stash. I was thinking these would be GREAT embellishments for gift bags, centers of paper flowers and really cute if you cut out photos of your kids or a special event and put magnets on the back and did not punch the hole at the top. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your blog very much.

Barb said...

I don't understand how the washer idea works. Do you use the hole in the middle? How do you puncture a hole through the metal, if not? I was thinking of something similar, but was planning on using those cheap pre-cut earring-sized wooden shapes:circles, teardrops, diamonds. Has anyone tried this?

Veronica Nunez said...

I'm new to using Modge Podge because I hate the streaks. I was searching for a way to give a dimensional and glossy look to pendants I'm trying to make using old gift cards as the backing. I'm going to try using the dimensional modge podge.

Linda Sue said...

This looks like something I would enjoy doing with my granddaughters. Thank you for the idea.

Tonette Bates said...

I'm really into upcycling so this would be a wonderful project with many different papers. Thanks so much for the ideas!

Kumudini Fernando said...

Hi, I made lovely little butterflies came out very nice, how do I stop these from cracking and chipping? Is there a hardener I could use, I like the idea of putting a small washer in the middle, will try it with these. thanks, Kumudini

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