So I love the ocean. I love the fish, I love the coral, and most importantly, I love all things mermaid! One day I will get to be a mermaid, but until that day, mermaid themed jewelry it is! This design is mostly based of the mermaid tails, but could easily be altered to resemble snake or even dragon type scales, so skies are the limit with these pendants! For now though, we’ll see how to make mermaid scale pendants.
To start, I lightly traced the size I wanted the pendants to be with an old resin gem I had on some poster board. I would recommend either cardstock or poster board for this project, as they are much thicker than normal paper, besides taking coloring and glazing better. If you have a punch in the size you want, you can skip this step.
I decided to go with a gradient for this project, and for that, I recommend three colors for the transition. If you decide to create a gradient, I highly recommend alcohol based markers, since they blend significantly better and do not bleed, like sharpies or artist markers.
To make the gradient, I took my first color (green), and colored about 2/3 of the pendant, allowing 1/3 to be the area for the transition. Then I took my second color (yellow), and started coloring in the last 1/3, and over the middle of the pendant. This give it a lovely blended effect, and you can go back over in certain spots to make it smoother.
At this point, I wanted to create an iridescent glaze for the paper. I used clear Tacky Glue, though I would recommend Mod Podge if you have it. I mixed a bit of micas, which are similar to the Alumidust colored powders, into the glue, one color for each pendant. After mixing the glue with the micas, then slightly thinning it out with water, I took a small brush and brushed it over the colored area. Once that layer is dry, go over it another time with a plain layer, just to ensure you won’t lose any of your fabulous sparkle. If it buckles , you can roll it out to be flat again.
Onto the scales! I would use as fine of a pen as you can get, like of one of the super thin sharpies. For the scales, a tip is to make sure each new scale is in between two scales above it. Also make sure you don’t have the pendant crooked, or you will get some skew looking scales. If you have a punch, go ahead and punch these out. If not, cut out the shape as clean as you can.
To make sure no resin starts to seep into the paper, I sealed the back with white paint. I found it sealed things out better than the Tacky glue did. If you are doing this with Mod Podge, do that to the back and edges instead. I did the layers twice.
I always clean my mold before I use it with the mold release. Mine, which is the Castin Craft Mold Release, doubles as cleaner and release agent. Once that’s done, I spray my mold, which is Oval Dome Mold 615, work the release into it, and let it dry.
For this project, I went with Resin Obsession resin, since it cures significantly harder and clearer than other resins. I mixed 15 mL of resin, and split it between three equally, which was 5 mL for each cast, which ended up being the perfect amount. After they are poured, gently place the paper pieces over the resin, and gently press down. The resin shouldn’t entirely submerge it, it should just lay on top of it. Gently push it in just to make sure the sides are in the resin, but try to not get resin on the back. Let that set for a couple hours.
I didn’t like the idea of having the paper just out in the open, nor did I like the idea of it being covered with more clear resin. So of course I decided to add some sparkle to it! So I mixed a very small amount, 7.5mL, of resin and added gold mica to it. Again, you can add the Alumidust colored powder and have the same effect.
I again split it between the three pendants so I would have a lovely little halo of gold around the pendants. Then, I let it sit overnight, and it was ready to be taken out of the mold by morning.
And after a bit of trimming, sanding, and clear coating, here is the final result! I adore how they turned out, and was super glad I went with the gold backing for them. I think a mermaid scales pendant would be great for a costume, coasters, or a lovely set of matching earrings and necklace!