How to Create a Colorful Shabby Chic Locket

SKU VID-0974
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Beginner
In this video learn how to embellish a locket with patina paints, a gold leafing pen, filigree, and a pretty flower cabochon.
Audio Transcript
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Hanyu this is julie with beadaholique.com and into this here not hard and really fun actually so this is what we're going for although I am gonna do a little variation just to show you how many choices you really do have when you're doing something like this but what we have is we have a locket which when you open it you can put a lock of hair or a loved one's picture whatever you might want to put in there and then when it's closed it's very pretty and striking and then just to add another little element add this little bird charm and I hung these all from a premade chain so pretty darn easy and like I said really fun to do so our ingredients are first off this locket so see what that looks like and then I'm gonna use a piece of filigree so on this one here I use this shape vintage filigree piece and I used verdigris patina along with OPA light patina but on this one to add a little variety I'm going to use a leaf shaped filigree and I'm gonna use a lucite cabochon so of course well Center those better when we actually do this and then the little charm is a spur charm and you can see I've actually altered that a little bit with my paint pen so I popped out the detailing with the paint pen and it's a bright in the whole bird so a couple different things we're gonna do here so the supplies you're gonna need you're gonna need the locket I'm gonna need a little piece of filigree you're gonna need the cabochon the little charm uqs whatever charm you want or you might just want to leave it off and have to lock it totally up to you then you're gonna need two colors of patina and for this one I'm gonna do a ruby base and then for the filigree I'm gonna use Jade and then I'm also gonna need the glaze which I'm going to use as a patina extender in this case so that you can see here it has more of a milky wash look to it where you're still seeing some of that scroll detail beneath so that's what I'm gonna do with the glaze you're going to need some e6000 glue to glue your pieces together the goal leafing pen this is by kryolan so we're using that for our accents here and as well as our little birdie and then if you were going to put these all together in a necklace like I have done here you would just need a premade necklace chain and antique brass and then a couple jump rings then we're gonna use a chain nose plier for this project we're gonna use a disposable paintbrush I've got my little cup of water here some paper towels are handy a glove and then just a little tool to use as applicator for the e6000 and I'm also going to bring over a piece of plastic to work on so Katinas if you're not familiar with them they're by vintage and they were made specifically to work on metal which is really nice and handy especially for this project so I'm going to put my inspiration piece up top here scoot these guys over so I have a work surface and I'm gonna start by painting my locket so open it up laying it flat like so and now I want to do the base in Ruby so I'm going to shake it up open it and just put a little bit on my plastic and then like I mentioned I do you want this to be more of a wash so I'm going to add some clays and I'm gonna use more glaze than patina I think I might want even a little bit more glaze mix that up and then I'm just gonna paint it over the top of my locket there we go and because we thinned it out with the glaze the pattern below is still showing through which is nice now if you like this locket and you don't really want to add all the other embellishments you really could just paint a layer of patina on top of it like this and call it good okay so I'm gonna let that dry no this is a disposable paintbrush but I'm gonna use it for both my patina projects here so I'm just gonna go ahead rinse that out now I do want to go ahead and put this leaf on top and I brought my chain nose plier because the top of the locket is just slightly curved so I want my leaf to be just slightly curved as well so I'm just taking the pliers grabbing the side of it and ever so slightly curving it now if I was smart I would have lined this up on my locket before I painted it but I'm just gonna line it up on the back just to make sure it fits a little bit better there we go I notice this poked up a little bit so I'm just gonna bend it down a little bit okay that works just keep working with it okay and I did the same thing for this piece of filigree on the sample piece I just bent it with my pliers okay so now I'm going to paint this guy Jade and make sure my paintbrush is good and dry and on this one I'm not going to be using the glaze so you see it's much thicker now I am doing more of a dabbing technique and that's really to try to get into those holes because it does have a lot of openwork holes so to try to kind of get the sides of those holes and really dabbing the paint on it okay now if you'll notice I'm gonna scoot this guy over some of the patina did go into the holes and actually kind of fill them in so I'm going to take my applicator that I'm gonna use for my e6000 you can use a toothpick or whatever I'm just gonna pop it pop those little paint holes now I like it that a little bit of that darker brass is still showing through but if you want it to be completely solid you can just go ahead let this dry for about 15-20 minutes and paint another coat on top of it of the Jade all right so there we have that I'm gonna let that dry for about 20 minutes and then I'm going to come back and do just a little bit of gold accent work along the edge and then also go ahead and accent my birdie charm as well we've waited and our patina is now dry so we can fully touch it and you can see what this locket looks like with just that patina on the top so really pretty as is but I do want to show you how to add the embellishments however before we do that I want to accent the embellishment with the gold leafing pen again this step you could leave off if you want but I do want to show you all the different options you have for this project so here's the Krylon leafing pen and what you're going to do is you're going to shake it up and then you're gonna open it up pull off the lid and then our tip is saturated already because this is what we use in the design space if this is brand-new and you've never used it before the tip is actually just going to be white and you're gonna pump the pen to get the paint to flow from the inside of the container all the way through the tip and you just do that by going like this and the paint will start to flow but since ours has already been used we're ready to go and I am just going to run it along the edge to add just a little gold accent there we go I don't want to do too much now I want to show you another use for this pen as well so we've got this little birdie and he's quite dark he's very pretty but he is very dark now I could have used a vintaj relief block on him which we have another video for which will show you how to make some of his features pop but if you don't have that and you're doing this project where you've already gotten your pen I want to show you how to accent him with the pen so I'm going to put on a glove all right so now what I'm gonna do I'm gonna lay him down and I'm gonna paint over his entire body with the pen and before it fully dries I'm just gonna take it in my hand and rub some of that paint off and just like that we really made those details pop and you can see how fast that was I just took the paint and rubbed it off and now when he dries you're gonna be able to see his feathers a little bit more he's just gonna be lighter and brighter and you can go ahead and you can do that again if you want a little bit more gold or you can let it be as is there's just a nice quick way of accenting him using some of the supplies that we already have for this project so now we are ready to go ahead and finish up our piece but we want to let that paint on the edge here dry for a good 5 to 10 minutes it doesn't take that long so we're just gonna wait and then we're gonna come back and put everything together now that all the pieces are completely dry including the accenting let's go ahead and assemble our locket so I've got a six thousand glue which I really like when I'm gluing metal to metal so I'm just gonna put some on my work table here and I have my little applicator so I'm going to put some on the back I don't want too much of my filigree I really don't want it to seep through too much at the same time I've already decided where I'm gonna place my little plastic cabochon so I'm going to put more right there so if it does seep through it's gonna be covered with the little flower so now I'm gonna put this on my locket and you can see that seeping through right here but that's okay all right so now let's go ahead and put some on the back of our flower and we've already got some where the flower is gonna go so now let me just put this down and press it into place so there's our little locket now I would recommend letting this dry actually overnight so II 6000 does dry somewhat quickly within like an hour too but I always like to let jewelry pieces fully dry overnight just to make sure before you wear them so let's see what this little like my carefully somewhat closed it here so you can see the two versions we've really dressed up that locket now I'm not going to do the whole construction here of the necklace but I want to show you what I did do so here's a sample that's dry so this was a premade chain necklace and I just took a four millimeter jump ring and I linked it to one of the links as well as the locket and then I did the same with the little birdie I just hung it from a couple links higher than the locket and same thing a little 4 millimeter jump ring so that is how we embellish and dress up a little locket so I hope you enjoyed this tutorial there are many more of them at beadaholique.com you

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