Showing posts with label project "altered art" domino bracelet. Show all posts
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Recycled Domino Art Saint Bracelets and Upcoming Italy Trip

One of my regular customers who is a fan of Saint Rita asked me to make a recycled domino bracelet featuring images of just this saint.   True to form, I can never stop at making just one of something, so I made three other bracelets dedicated to just one saint. 

St. Therese of Lisieux



St. Philomena

Our Lady of Guadalupe

...and the one that started it all, St. Rita.

Incidentally, I don't believe I've shared this information on my blog yet, but I'm going to Italy for two weeks this coming September with my daughter and son.  Two of the "must see" places we are visiting include St. Rita of Cascia's shrine in Cascia and St. Philomena's shrine in Mugnano.  These are two of my family's favorite saints and we are really looking forward to visiting these locations.   Other highlights of this trip include attending the Saint Gennaro festival in Naples, the Prosciutto festival in Parma, lots of shopping and time at the beach.  Cities we are visiting include:  Rome (of course - what kind of Catholics would we be if we didn't stop there, right? ), Vatican City, Venice, Murano, Assisi, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Pescara, Pompeii, Positano and Bologna.  We have some definite sites we want to see during our visit, but we are also open to suggestions from people who have been to Italy before.  Please don't hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any suggestions for "must see" or "must do" things in Italy.  I look forward to hearing from you. :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Adjustable Photo Art Domino Bracelet Project

One of the things I find really fun to create with are wooden dominoes.  These little game pieces have loads of possibilities. They make great jewelry pieces because they are so lightweight.  And best of all, you can really personalize these by using family pictures to embellish them.

Supplies:
Drill
7 Images
Pencil
Scissors
White craft glue (I use Crafter's Ultimate)
Flat (non-embossed) wooden dominoes (7 per bracelet)
Waterproof brush-on sealer
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Gold leafing pen
9 MM jump rings - 16
6-7 MM jump rings - 6
Decorative chain - 4 - 5 inches, cut into 4 equally-sized sections
Lobster clasp
Basic jewelry tools (pliers)

Directions:

Paint the sides and back of domino with at least 2 coats of acrylic paint.  Let dry.  Add extra designs with acrylic paint, if desired.  I made little polka dots on mine by dipping the wrong end of the paintbrush into the paint and applying it to the domino.

Trace domino onto each image with pencil.  Cut out with scissors.

On a piece of wax paper or newspaper, squeeze out a quarter-sized circle of glue.  Dip finger into glue; spread glue over domino; apply image, taking care to press out any bubbles that may form under the image.  Let dry.

Apply brush-on sealer to front and sides of each piece.  Let dry.  Take the leafing pen and carefully outline a border around the edges of the image.  Let dry; apply 2 more coats of sealer.  (NOTE:  It's really important that you apply at least one coat of the sealer to your image before applying the leafing pen, as the ink from the pen can "bleed" into the image and ruin your design.)  Apply 2 coats of sealer to the back of the dominoes; let dry between coats.

Drill a total of 4 holes into each domino, lengthwise, making sure the holes are evenly spaced on each piece.  (Please see photos for reference.)  Brush off any sawdust.

Use the pliers and 9 MM jump rings to link the dominoes together.  After all 7 of the dominoes have been linked together, add 9 MM jump rings and chains to each end.  Use one 6 MM jump ring to connect the chain ends on each side of the bracelet.  Add an additional 6 MM jump ring and lobster clasp on one side of the bracelet.  Add 2 more 6 MM jump rings to the other end of the bracelet.  Wa-la - your little masterpiece is complete!

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