Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Gears" Pendant necklace

This weeks Tutorial is "Gears" pendants using a Sizzix machine and Tim Holtz's Gadget Gears die.
Other materials needed to make these pendants:
  1. Crop-a-dile-
  2. Chipboard or thin cardboard food packaging
  3. Aleene's Clear Tacky Glue
  4. Inks to mimic vintage gears. I used Color Box Chalk inks in the following colors- Dark Moss, Deep Green, Yellow Citrus, Gold, and Dark brown. I like them for their ease in size and how well the colors blend.
  5. Gold leafing pens, Craft wire, Necklace chain, Scissors, Scrap paper (to work on)
If you are recycling food packaging for chip board and want your gears to line up exactly (unlike mine) , be sure to run the packaging through the machine with the design facing down on one run and then up on another run. If you are using plain chipboard, after cutting two pieces of each gear, align them so they are even, then mark with a pen on each piece for the "inside". Make sure not to distress the inside or the pieces will not match.

Lay your pieces on a scrap paper and begin applying the inks. I started with the yellow, then the greens and finished with brown.

Using the Allene's clear glue, adhere your gears together and leave out to dry before going onto the next step.

I highly recommend to always have gold leafing pens in your crafting supplies. I keep gold, copper and silver in my stash. They can be pricey, but if your local craft store has a coupon, it's worth the purchase and the pens last a long time, depending on your mixed media project. :)
My favorite of the two though is the Krylon 18 KT pen! It flows perfectly and is a stunning gold color adding rich detail to all your projects!

Shake your (Krylon) gold leafing pen well, and while using the same scrap paper push down on the pens nib till the gold ink flows. It's OK if the ink comes out fast leaving a small puddle, because you can dab your pen tip in that and use up the ink as you work.
Color any exposed gear part that shows the food package design. Covering both sides if needed. Put aside to 'set' while you work on the next die. Then take your pen and add gold detail on the gears edges or make a design.

Burnish gears with a soft tissue to speed up the drying or set aside to dry while you prep for the pendant making step.
Use your crop-a-dile to punch a 1/8" hole in each gear. (My crop-a-dile looks odd as I was unaware the feet slide off? and have since been lost. So the shelf liner and rubber bands are the only thinks keeping it from slipping while working on projects)
Cut about 5" of craft wire per gear, and make a wire wrapped loop.
String on to your favorite chain and wear or display for show!
For your chance to win this pendant set....
Please leave a comment on this post.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to comment on any of this months Tuesday Tutorials!
On the 1st Tuesday of the following month a winner will be randomly drawn via # generator.
The winner will receive ALL 4 projects made from the previous month.
( Please leave your e-mail address in comments or make sure your blog sign in is not private, If I can't reach you easily...you can't win)
I will also throw in precut chipboard shapes of this die set for you to create with in the case you win!
Good Luck!


Donna said...

I love this project Michelle!! I am thinking the Steam punk is so cool right now!!
Donna #4454

Vic said...

I love your gears! TFS

Mahala said...

I love this. Maybe I'll try some gears.

Tami Roth said...


Kelly Sas said...

I just can't get over that you can make these! You do a great job - better than what I can purchase at the store!!! TFS your awesome technique.


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