Turn Heads with this Amazing Agate Project

by Roni Johnson

faux agate with blue lapis rings and gold edge

Blue is my favorite color so when I found out that the Imagine color of the month was Lapis I was thrilled. Not just because I like blue but because I had been experimenting with how to make my own Faux Blue Agate Slices. I had tried all sorts of combinations using various materials for the base and mediums to color it. Recently, I found an excellent combination with mica slices, Imagine IrRESISTibles and Tsukineko products. These gems are perfect to use as accents on scrapbook layouts, journal pages, cards, and even as a necklace. This project takes 2 full days to complete, so without further delay let’s get started!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes + extended 2-day dry time

Directions

Gold embossing powder used to decorate mica slices.

Step 1

Select a piece of natural mica and split it into multiple pieces. Mica comes in all shapes and sizes. You will need two pieces for each agate slice. Keep in mind that the slices you select should be fairly thin and translucent. Select a thicker piece for the base and a thinner secondary piece for the final cover. Once you have selected these pieces, ink the edges with the VersaMark inkpad, dip into Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss.

tsukineko blue hawaii stazon studio glaze

Step 2

Apply IrRESISTibles and StazOn Studio Glaze to create the rings inside the faux stone. Starting with one color and one ring at a time, apply Danube Blue, Electric Blue and Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellishers as well as Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Cotton White and Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. Work quickly to prevent the mediums spreading.

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Step 3

Continue until all the rings are filled toward the center. When you reach the center of the piece, fill it in with Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and silver glass glitter. This will give the illusion of crystals in the center of a geode type agate.  If desired, you may choose to swirl the mediums around a bit to imitate more intricate blue agate designs. Let the mediums dry overnight.

StazOn ink on mica slice

Step 4

Trim the second piece of mica so it fits inside of the gold embossed ring.

on point glue used to seal backside of Faux Agate stone

Step 5

Apply a layer of On Point Glue over the various mediums and place the second piece of mica over the top. Let this dry 24 additional hours. 

Finished Faux Agate piece. Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Black and gold Tsukineko inks.

Once the piece has dried the resemblance to a real piece of blue agate will be amazing. Since mica was used as the base material you also have the option of choosing which side to call the front as you can see from the photos of a single Faux Blue Agate Slice above. These pieces can be used for necklaces but due to the fragile layers of the mica, the back of the slice will need to be stabilized. I applied a layer of Clear irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the entire back of the slice and let it dry for 48 hours. I have found that the thinner consistency of the Pico Embellisher finds its way between the layers and binds them together. Other mediums will work for this process as well. Creating these faux agates was a time-consuming project with 2 full days of dry time, but the finished result was well worth the wait!

Supplies

Imagine
Other

 

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Purple Embossed Skull Earrings

By Alison Heikkila

Alison Heikkila embosses Sheet Metal and creates earrings. purple, yellow, beads, skull, diy, jewelry.
I love texture. I love feeling the different tactile things have, especially in art. The use of dimensional objects in art always intrigues me. I like taking things that are flat and have no texture and altering them in a way to give it life. Today, I have a pair of earrings that I created using Imagine’s SHEET Metal, and you’ll get to see how to take the small, flat square and make it into something fun and personal.

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 20 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

I went through the Sampler Pack of Sheet Metal, as well as my embossing folders and I chose a skull with wings to go on the square pieces.

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Step 2

Remove the blue coating on the Sheet Metal and position the piece in the embossing folder. Tape the Sheet Metal down with washi tape to secure it.

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Step 3

Run the folder and sheet metal through the Sizzix Big Shot machine, using the multi-purpose platform with both tabs open. Repeat for the second earring.

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Step 4

Apply Royal Purple StazOn ink to the Sheet metal. You can do this 2 ways. Please see photos above to decide which is best for you. The 1st photo is a “cleaner” application. Both work very well.

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Step 5

Once you’ve applied Royal Purple to both pieces, apply a layer of GlazOn. GlazOn will prevent new applications of StazOn from dissolving the previous ones. In other words, it acts as a sealant.

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Step 6

After the GlazOn is dry, apply a light amount of Spiced Chai StazOn to the raised surfaces of the SHEET Metal and edges.

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Step 7

Now you can play with beads! I chose beads that had varying shapes and textures, to add more interest to the earrings.

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Step 8

Using 2 sets of pliers (round nose and a needle nose) open a jump ring sideways. Don’t pull the jump ring apart like a mouth. Instead, swing the ends side to side. This puts less stress on the metal and it is less likely to break. Loop an eye pin and one of the squares on the jump ring, and carefully close it back up.

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Step 9

Add your beads to the eye pin and create a loop at the top. Open a second jump ring, add the ear wire and the completed eye pin of beads. Close the jump ring up. Now you’ve got a fun, and a surprisingly lightweight pair of earrings to show off!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cuttlebug – Haunted Damask Border Embossing Folder
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Machine
  • Fire Mountain Gems – Ear Wires, Jump Rings, Eye Pins, Branch Beads
  • Beads of choice

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How to Make a Heart of (Rose) Gold Paper Pendant

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

If there could be a paper dresses trend in the 1960s, it’s possible to start a paper jewelry trend in the 2010s. Embossing is my favorite technique to bring paper jewelry to life and this project uses multiple layers of embossing to create a super smooth finish and high shine factor.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes + drying time

Directions

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 1

Stamp layered flower image onto white cardstock with Memento inks.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 2

Emboss small gold hearts at the base of each flower with VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 3

Swipe the edge of the VersaMark pad across the stamped edge. Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Repeat for a second layer.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 4

Fussy cut floral shapes leaving a ½ inch wide handle coming from the base of the image. The base will become the top when we’re finished.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 6

Ink the edges of the fussy-cut image with the VersaMark pad.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Step 7

Dip the inked edge into gold embossing powder and heat emboss. Trim handle from the image. Glue bail to the back of the image. Allow to dry.

Step 8

Wire a metal tube bead between the ends of the chain, threading the completed pendant onto the tube bead.

Step 9

Create a tassel from embroidery thread and attach to the bottom of the pendant with a jump ring.

Step 10

Wire three tube beads into a triangle, threading a smaller image (I sandwiched the bail between two smaller flower images) and attach to earring hooks to finish the set.

Jennifer Vanderbeek merges papercrafting and jewelry making by using Tsukineko ink and Imagine embossing powder.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White cardstock
  • Acrylic block
  • Studio Calico – Build a Bouquet stamp set
  • Waffle Flower – Mermaids stamp set
  • Darice – 36-inch rose gold chain
  • 1-inch curved metal tube beads
  • Earring hooks
  • Wire
  • Jump rings
  • Bails
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Embroidery floss
  • Wire tools

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