I'm so worried that the pictures just won't do this project justice. It's AMAZING in person. Shiny, dimensional, colorful and just plain gorgeous. Last month I was wearing one of these to my club and the girls noticed it and wanted to learn how to make one. It just so happened that I had "inherited" a ton of these little dominoes just a week beforehand so I was all over that one.
About the only issue with the ones I "inherited" and the ones I had used on my first bracelet were the ones on my first bracelet were pre-drilled, these didn't have any holes in them! Yikes!
Well, it just so happened that my husband had recently purchased a nice drill press for our new shop. So I put one of my boys on the task of drilling holes in about a million of these. (ok maybe only 120) but when you have to drill 2 holes in one side flip em and drill 2 to meet up with the first two it's a little bit of a chore. He got it done in pretty good time though so I went to work on making another sample to show the girls.
First I stamped it in Jet Black Stazon using the stamp set "Elements of Style". I then colored them with crystal effects colored with reinkers. This can be done in a couple of ways. I like to use a tootpick since these dominoes are so small and the spots are tiny to color. I also like using an old blender pen (because you do not really need the blendy solution to help you just need the felt tip) I like to pounce the color on so it stays dimensional and it gets some light and dark shading that way. You aren't looking for full coverage.
Wish I had thought to take pictures during the process but all I was thinking about was making my sample tonight and it's so much fun I couldn't stop to run upstairs and get my phone to take these pictures. Yes, even too lazy to even get out the "real camera!" LOL
Here are the dominoes after I finished coloring them before stringing:
This picture definitely doesn't do them justice. but you can at least see how I laid out the design.
Here is a close up shot of two of the "tiles". A little blurry but you can see the shiny-ness and yes, this is after they are dry. Now it's time to string them. I use the stretchy cord and string it with small beads between each tile as a spacer.
The size of these are 1" by 1/2" inch, so quite small (not your normal domino size). Just to give you an idea the hole is made with a 1/16" drill bit so they aren't more than 1/4" thick at the most.
I guess if you get tired of wearing it as a pretty bracelet you could flip it around and be a little eclectic with a domino bracelet! LOL
Well, I can't wait to show my Villa Grove club ladies how to make one for themselves next Sunday. If you live locally and want to join me in Villa Grove I can accomodate 12 at this month's club, it's all about jewelry! We will use our new Soda Pop Tops too!
Want to be a member of the Villa Grove club and do more involved projects? The class is free with your $25 order and you will get hostess benefits one month. Just want to come to a class here and there with something more than cards? It is $15 to cover the cost of supplies with no monthly committment. Email M.E. for more details or to RSVP.