Frame Pendants and Finding Elements in Your Stamps

Part of the fun of having detailed rubber stamps is finding parts of them that can be used in other projects. Once you start to look at your stamps this way, you will find lots of possibilities for using them in ways that are different from the whole image or scene you are presented with on the stamp. It is like having 10 stamps in one! You’ll find new ways to use them, or combine them into scenes that no one has thought of before. It is part of the creativity you bring to your rubber stamp art.

For this project, I’ll be making a frame pendant for a necklace, and I need a very small image. I decided to use Children Feeding Squirrels from Nature’s Blessings Fine Art Stamps, and selected just one small part of it for my project — the squirrel facing front in the lower right-hand side of the image.

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Below is a close up of the part I want to use. I stamped and watercolored just this part of the image, and trimmed it closely using a small pair of very sharp scissors.

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You can easily find frame pendants online in lots of different styles, or in jewelry-making supply stores. The pendant I have is particularly deep, so I can make a tiny 3D scene within it. To start, I created a background with red and blue metallic paper and glued this to the bottom of the frame. Then I raised the squirrel up off of the surface of the pendant about 2 millimeters using a small piece of double-sided adhesive foam (Mini Pop Dots work well for this). Lastly I added a small gold star for the squirrel to hold (a quirky design that reminded me of a meme, but you can do whatever you like).

Then, using 3D Crystal Lacquer, I filled in first the area around the edge of the frame, and then worked my way slowly towards the center, allowing the lacquer to fill in beneath the squirrel. 3D Crystal Lacquer is very thick and viscous and fills in slowly. Avoid shaking the bottle before you apply it as this will create lots of bubbles. As it is, it is hard to avoid some tiny bubbles, but using a pin, you can work them to the edge of your piece, or pop them as they rise to the surface. The lacquer sets in a few minutes, and will settle a bit as it dries, so be sure to fill in with additional layers. I used 3-4 layers of lacquer to build up a thick surface that filled in the pendant, which hardened to the touch within about 24 hours.

Here is the result!


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