Ok– I promise: I’ll give the sculpey a rest for a bit after this one, honest.
To be fair: the sculpey was an add on, in this case. I’ve seen lots of beautiful real gold pendants cast to look like twigs. They are delicate & lovely, and way too expensive for me. As always, I turn to my trusty and seemingly inevitable tiny pot of never-ending metallic gold paint. I had some fake twig-things left over from the bird picture. . .
I cut off the little twiggiest-bits at the end:
Then I painted them gold:
The thing is: little bits of plastic painted gold aren’t really as strong as gold. Shocking, I know, but true nonetheless. I tried coating them in Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. I did this for two reasons: Firstly, I felt it might make them more durable and heavy; Secondly, I’d just bought my first bottle of Dimensional Magic & was pretty much chucking it on everything to see what would happen. . . (As an aside: On Fabric – just sort of falls through. On Paper – makes it a bit shiny. On Cardboard Embellishments – pretty neat looking. On Leaves – looks awesome but peels right off: however, you then have a cool see-through leaf shape, just not sure what you’d do with it. The dogs avoided me for a couple of days, so I can’t comment on what it does to living things).
Anyway, the Dimensional Magic did help and certainly made the twigs more robust, but it still wasn’t cutting it — hence, the sculpey. So I cut a bit of sculpey and pressed the twig shape into it, so it wouldn’t be sitting proud of the pendant:
Then I baked it & covered it in Mod Podge to give it a bit of shine. I then used crazy glue to stick the twigs into their little dent in the pendant. . .
Here is a tip for the top: Crazy glue makes red sculpey look sort of mottled and turns twigs-painted-with-metallic-paint white; ‘Yay’.
So then I had to paint my red sculpey red and go over my twigs with more gold paint. That aside, I think its worked out rather well. . .
. . . When finished, you can wear it & be fancy.