Thursday, September 8, 2011

How To Make A Bauble Wearable

On Tuesday my "back to school" post featured some pencil nubbins I embedded in EasyCast.
A few of you wanted to know how I turn items I make in a mold into something wearable.  
I have two favorite techniques to share.
 You can use screw eyes.  These are woodworking accessories. I found some that were teeny tiny in a hardware store.  Because my baubles were clear I knew that the embedded screw eye would be visible and I was okay with how that looked.
 You can simply screw in one of these "eyes."  I use a tiny dollop of left over resin at the very top of the screw eye before the final twist.  This will help secure that screw in place.  You can also find them in gold or silver.
 For the double pencil nub bauble I used a silver screw eye because I attached it to a cell phone dangle.
 These dangles are components you can find in beading/jewelery stores.  I get mine through John Bead in Toronto.
 My absolute favorite technique is to glue "bails" to the back of a bauble.  Bails are available in many shapes and sizes.  I have a link to a selection here.
 You glue them on on the back and then you have a simple dangle set into place.  I also use a little left over resin as the glue.   
 Isn't that perfect!


There are bails that you attach by drilling a simple hole through the molded piece.  
I'll show you that in a sample tomorrow!

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