Cracked Chicken Charms

HELLO HELLO HELLO–HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  I’m here today on Day 3 of our week-long Cracked Critter Showcase that we’re having at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

PROMOCracked Critters Showcase April 2016

 Today, I’m featuring our Cracked Chicken image in my project —

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I made some Cracked Chicken charms to adorn this soldered domino pendant (I’m still on the lower slope of the learning curve as far as soldering goes!).  I took a few pictures while I was working on this–Let me show you a bit of what I did  🙂 🙂

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I started by tinting a domino with two colors of alcohol ink-Sunshine Yellow & Stream.

I stamped our 2″ Grunge Border onto tissue paper and wrapped around the domino, adhering with matte Decou-Page, then I let air dry.

When the domino was dry, I applied DAM Crackle Glaze to the front and back sides of the domino.

After the crackle glaze was dry, I brushed a layer of DAM Titanium White Antiquing Cream over the surfaces and let air dry-which is quick.  When the antiquing cream was dry, I gently rubbed away the excess with a damp cotton cloth.

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I masked off our Misc. Words stamp to reveal only the word “Funky” and inked that up with Jet Black Archival and stamped it onto a piece of mixed-media paper.

I fussy cut each letter out and adhered to the front side of the domino, along with a few bead spacers, with matte Decou-Page.  In preparation of the soldering, I wrapped the sides of the domino with copper foil tape.

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Now on to those Cracked Chicken charms….I stamped the image onto shrink plastic 3 times with Jet Black Archival.

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I tinted each Cracked Chicken with various colors of Adirondack AIs and trimmed out.  I also punched two holes into each chicken-one at the top and one at the bottom-for the jump rings.

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I used my embossing heat gun to shrink each Cracked Chicken down.  There’s a little boo-boo with the blue chicken–during shrinking, the blue chicken curled up on itself and when I pulled it apart, the bottom jump ring hole got kind of mangled (the mangled piece ended up breaking off when I tried to insert a jump ring!).

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I attached jump rings and beading wire to each chicken.  Behind the scenes, I strung beads onto the wires to turn these chickens into a beaded charm.

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The Cracked Chicken charm portion is ready to be soldered into place…and that soldering went un-photographed–sorry about that!!

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I soldered the perimeter of the domino and added a jump ring to the top and soldered the charm into place at the bottom.

To finish the front of the domino, I applied a layer of Diamond Glaze over the top, after I did all of the soldering.  I left the backside of the domino rough, but sealed with a coat of DAM Ultra Matte Varnish.

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I hope you enjoyed another one of my forays with soldered jewelry?  I’m using any opportunity, like this week’s Cracked Critter Showcase, to practice using my soldering iron, so with practice, practice, practice–it’s only going to get better (I hope!)!

Thanks for coming by today!  If you’ve got any of our Cracked Critter images, bring your Cracked Critter creations to The Portal by midnight on Saturday, May 7th for a chance to win a $10 shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Stamps:  Cracked Chicken, Misc Words & 2″ Grunge Border (Lost Coast Designs)
  • Domino Game Piece
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Crackle Glaze & Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
  • Bead Wire; Glass Beads, Open Jump Rings; Closed Jump Rings; Bead Spacers; Crimper Thingies
  • Embossing Heat Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors; Copper Foil Tape (Glass Supplies); Soldering Iron (Choice 100); Lead-Free Solder

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