Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today to share another fun-sized mixed media project. You may have noticed that I have a passion for jewelry and wearable art. It's a great way to bring your pieces with you as a fantastic accessory and express yourself everywhere you go!
Today I'm using a rustic iron pendant base, and the Gelatos® color of the week, Red Cherry, alongside some of my favorite Design· Memory· Craft® products to create this stitched heart necklace.
You all know that mixed media extends beyond the page to a wide variety of materials, and this pendant uses Whipped Spackle to turn a jewelry-quality, lead-free iron pendant into a tiny canvas.
With this vibrant color of the week, a hopeful heart seemed like the perfect mixed media project! Because the iron is naturally dark, I mixed Red Cherry Gelatos with Whipped Spackle to create an opaque red base. To start, simply cut off some of the Gelatos stick (I used about 1/4") with your palette knife, crush it, and mix it well with an acorn-sized dab of Whipped Spackle.
Use the palette knife to spread a generous layer of the Red Cherry Whipped Spackle over the top of the pendant - I went for a mostly-smooth, semi-even coat of Whipped Spackle (you can see it in the photo below). I waited about 5 minutes and then used a small rubber stamp to add my initial to the pendant. You could stamp an entire word into it if you wish (like love, hope, art, heart - whatever inspires you). Clean any holes in the pendant that may have gotten Whipped Spackle (you can use a toothpick for this step), and then set the pendant aside and allow the Whipped Spackle to dry before continuing.
When the Whipped Spackle is dry, there will be some naturally textured areas around the edges of the pendant, near the holes, and near the stamped area. I brushed a light coat of Silver Texture Luxe™ over a few areas to add shine and to break up the solid red.
I continued to add complementary colors in very small areas by applying Gelatos directly to the pendant. I used a hint of Iced Currant and Mango ®®with the Cherry Red.
Finally - jewelry and wearable art should be sealed! Gelatos are water-based and easy to blend, which is a fantastic quality when you're at your art table! But to be sure your favorite sweater or blouse doesn't end up with a little delicious color where it doesn't belong, add a generous coat of glaze over the whole piece to seal the Gelatos colors.
Be sure to once again clear any holes of remaining glaze, and set the piece aside to dry fully before continuing.
When your pendant base is dry, add wire "stitching" through the center holes. Attach a pair of 10mm or larger jump rings to the top of the pendant, and string a necklace chain through the rings. I prefer a 20" chain to rest at a low neckline, but you can adjust your chain length shorter or even longer to suit your personal style!
The final piece is a tiny but bold statement necklace that is sure to be noticed - especially when paired with a solid top. Your art will get plenty of attention around your neck, which is always a great way to introduce yourself as an artist at events or parties! Thanks for joining me to check out today's mixed media jewelry and I'll see you all again soon!
Gelatos: Red Cherry, Iced Currant, Mango
Texture Luxe: Silver
Blending Wedge (or your favorite brush)
Rustic Iron Pendant Base
1/8 inch "A" Rubber Stamp
20 Gauge Silver Plated Copper Wire
2 - 10mm Jump Rings
20" 2mm Cable Chain
Chain Nose Pliers