Mandala pendant tutorial
I’ve done a number of resin pendants with transparencies. While they look totally cool against the light and on light-colored clothing, you can’t always see the beauty of the pendant unless they are getting a lot of light through them. With this in mind, I decided to create the light behind the transparency by using gold, silver and rose gold leaf. This means that from any angle or with whatever I am wearing, you can see the image on the transparency.
I am using 1-inch wood tiles, but you can also use scrabble tiles. Arrange your wood tiles in preparation for the gold, silver, and rose gold leaf.
Add a little sizing (adhesive glue) to each of the wood tiles. You can also use mod podge. Whatever you use, the key is to apply a light coating, then wait until the glue gets tacky. This generally takes 10 to 20 minutes. Once tacky, add the leaf by placing it over the wood tiles and pressing firmly.
You can use your fingers to pull away the excess leafing. There will be a bunch of crumbs left which you can scoop up and reuse for future projects. Allow the leafing to fully dry for 12 hours.
Find Mandala images. I am using 1-inch square images I purchased on Etsy from the stores pixel twister and gypsy heart. I took the files to my local printer and had them printed on transparency film. I used a paper punch to cut them out or you can simply use scissors to cut shapes.
Add a light coat of glue to the metal leaf and place the transparency on it. Push down firmly to press out bubbles, then allow to dry for 24 hours.
Now it’s time to apply the resin. I’m using a doming resin, adding small amounts with a popsicle stick to the middle of the wooden tile, then using a toothpick to pull the resin to the edges. Once you have all the tiles coated, cover them, and let cure 24 hours.
At this point, I want to justify all the extra work involved in this project!! Here is the same image, one on paper (left) and the other with the leafing and transparency (right). The difference is that the image with the leafing pops more. It has added depth and from any perspective, you look at it, it’s gleaming!
Glue on a bail using E-6000 jewelry glue to each piece along with a necklace.
Done! They are super shiny and gleaming!
I hope you enjoyed this mandala pendant tutorial!
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