I love "anything goes" challenges, especially when they are for Anything But a Card - this challenge inspired me and my muse to make use of some extra parts that were just laying around. With gears being all the rage I was lucky enough to find a watch repair place that gave me tons of watch parts that he could no longer use. After stripping all the parts down I ended up with a bunch of watch cases (I think that is what you call them), some of which were brand new. As I was thinking about what to do with all these cases I got a fabulous idea – and that is how this pendant was born. How appropriate to use a watch case for "springing forward"!
Items I used in my creation:
- Empty Watch Case
- Globecraft & Piccolo (G&P) Vintage Silver and MermaidTears Embossing Enamel
- G&P Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze
- G&P Butterfly Accents
- 2 Jump Rings
- Charms of your choice
- Crafters Pick Glue
- Necklace for the Pendant (I used Silk Cord that I got from G&P)
|Not the real one, but close|
I cleaned one of the watchcases and unscrewed the back and the top. First thing I did was emboss the top case (where the watch face would be seen) with Vintage Silver and Mermaid Tears Embossing Enamel. I coated and embossed the frame many times (if you chose to emboss any metal part PLEASE be careful, as the metal gets VERY hot, as
does the embossing product! Don’t touch
anything until it has cooled!) When I was finally happy with the frame I added
a coat of Glasstique Gloss to protect the enamel and, hopefully, make the
pendant less prone to chipping.
|Embossed and coated - ready to go!|
Taking the bottom of the case (where the watch guts are), I found some decorative
Now my watchcase had 2 “handles” on it to hold the watchstrap. On the top handle I glued a jump ring for the necklace to go though. I honestly don’t think that is going to hold for very long and I will eventually solder it – once I learn how (hehehe). On the bottom handle I dangled a few charms. Oh, and since I got Embossing Enamel in the groves of where the two pieces meet, I used glue again to hold the back & front together.
Now, go fly and play (and don't forget to enter ANYTHING GOES at Anything But a Card!) Keep an eye out on my blog for my BLOGAVERSARY giveaways - coming soon! In fact, why not start following now so you won't miss it??