Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Tutorial - How to Make Domino Pendants

This tutorial will show you how to make domino pendants, using recycled wooden dominoes. This is a great recycling project as you can use old dominoes and scrap papers. You can of course use bakelite dominoes, but I find it easier to use the wooden type, and the finish is better.

Wood dominoes
Decorative Paper (scrapbook, comics, magazines)
Dimensional Glaze (Glossy Accents, Diamond Glaze)
Craft Knife
Glue (for fixing bail)

Place domino over the paper you wish to use and draw around the domino and cut the shape out.

Place your domino paper shape face down on your work surface and coat the domino with a thin covering of dimensional glaze on the underside of your domino (glaze the blank side so the spotted side will be showing when complete). Place the glossed side of the domino onto your paper and press down hard to get rid of any air bubbles. Leave to dry.
TIP - Some people sand the surface of the domino flat, but I tend not to do this. If you apply the dimensional glaze thick enough, the pattern will not show through. I do not mind seeing the pattern in the domino anyway - it's character, this is of course your own decision.

Trim any excess paper from your domino with a sharp craft knife. Gently sand all edges of the paper using your sandpaper (or emery board - see TIP below). This will soften the edges and blend into the domino. Coat the top of the domino and sides with a thin coat of dimensional glaze. Leave to dry.
TIP - if you do not have sandpaper to hand, use an emery board. I find it easier to use an emery board because it is rigid and is better to hold.

Apply your dimensional medium over the paper, using a thick application. If you do not use a thick coat the pattern of the domino may show through. You will notice that the dimensional glaze is cloudy when first applied, but don't worry it will dry clear and have a very high sheen.

Domino part glazed (above)
Domino fully glazed (above)
Apply your bail to the back of the domino and leave to dry according to the manufacturers instructions. Your pendant is now ready to wear.
TIP - I use E6000 glue, it is an industrial glue and ideal for metal bails.

These are the finished product. The Japanese Chiyogami paper domino is still wet in the photo below, so is a little cloudy. The punk rock pendants are my favourite.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win one of these beauties, please read my last post regarding these domino pendants. All you need to do is leave a comment as to where you found me/my blog. All these pendants have been made using vintage dominoes.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel free to leave a comment.

I would also like to apologise for some blurry photos; my good 10MP camera broke and had to use an old camera instead. I've now got a new camera, but have to read all about it, it's 13MP, woh!
Kathryn, Lazy Daisy xx


Nicola said...

Cool tutorial - love the end results!
Nic x

Mel P said...

Thank you for this, great tutorial xxx

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! I just stumbled here while Googling "art pendants" cuz I love making my own jewelry & pendants, but was running out of ideas/inspiration. Thank you for this post!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice!! Can you use the same process on the white (plastic ivory look-alike) dominos?

Babbs said...

Can you do the same thing with good plastic dominos?

Michelle said...

These are beautiful! I found them while Googling "domino pendants".

Michelle F.

LadybirdK said...

Lovely! Have been doing these myself recently and came across your tutorial while seeing if anyone was doing things differently.