A Bug's Life, Altered Domino by Katy Leitch

Hi everyone, Katy here again! You may not know that my other hobby (like I need one!) is making jewellery so I thought I'd bring you something a little different today - an altered domino pendant.

Rubber Dance stamps used: BK1-3E: Diamonds; A1-4B: Grasshopper

Step by step instructions:

1) Take an ordinary domino and colour with VersaMagic chalk inks, creating a soft background. Dry very well with a heat gun - be aware it will take a while for the ink to set and the domino will get very hot.

2) Place the Grasshopper stamp onto an acrylic block and use a permanent pen to mark where the design starts and ends. This helps you to stamp the design centrally on the domino, as the image just fits.
3) Using the guidelines, stamp onto the domino using permanent ink like StazOn (or you can use an ink you can heat set like Brilliance or VersaMagic).
4) Colour the image with permanent colouring medium - I used a mix of waxy pencils and Inktense pencils. Use a permanent colour because the glaze will make water-based colours run.

5) When the pencil or paint is dry, stamp each edge of the domino with the Diamonds stamp. It's much easier to lay the inked stamp face up and press the domino onto it. Dry each side in turn before moving to the next. At this point protect the domino with a coat of varnish or sealant.

6) Glue some bails to the back of the domino - if you don't have jewellery glue, use silicone or Pinflair as this has some flexibility and won't dry rigid. Thread some cord through the bails and add a clasp to complete.

Top tips!

• Not into wearable stamping? Dominoes make great fridge magnets too - just use strong glue to attach a magnet to the reverse.

• Be gentle when stamping onto a domino - the surface is shiny and it's easy for the stamp to slip. Take a little more care than when working on card or paper.

Here are two more views of the pendant for you.

Supply list:

All the stamps used for this project are from Rubber Dance and can be found on these pages:
A1-4B: Grasshopper
BK1-3E: Diamonds

Other products:
VersaMagic or similar chalk inks
Permanent black ink
Colouring pencils or paint
Glue bails (x2)
Cord end clasp

I really hoped you enjoyed my little project. 
See you soon.

Katy x
My blog: http://postcardsfromtheattic.blogspot.co.uk


Majo said…
An amazing piece of art work, Katy!
Cataleya said…
WOW!!! Dear Katy, it's so cool idea!!! :)
~Olga Kovalchuk
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thank you, Katy! <3 It's such an adorable pendant!! Very good step by steps - thanks for that!! :-)
Anonymous said…
Katy, that´s amazing! A cool piece of wearable art!
TwinkleToes2day said…
How cool! I've sen altered dominoes on blogs before, but never knew how it was done. You make it seem so easy. Thanks for sharing :D
Jenny Marples said…
What a fantastic project Katy! So easy to follow and with fabulous results. Love it! Jenny x
Irit Shalom said…
Love what you did with a domino piece! Never tried this - maybe should take your great tutorial for an inspiration.
Unknown said…
Thank you Jenny xxx
Unknown said…
It really is easy - hope you give it a go!
Karen Petitt said…
Oh my I love that! I have recently purchased some bails to use with Stampbord as I want to 'create' some of this years presents - love it! Thank you for sharing too as I have a pack of dominoes somewhere or other that I purchased many years ago - will have to hunt them out too - thanks for the inspiration Karen x

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