DIY faux gold dipped jewelry is all the rage so this tutorial is exactly what you need to make beautiful DIY jewelry. It’s a quick and versatile project that requires very little skill and just a few supplies. Use larger crystals for pendants and smaller for charms and earrings, the possibilities are endless, so let’s get started!
If you want to fast forward past the intro where I show pictures of past and future projects advance to 0:55
I found my gemstones in a local new age store many years ago but I know etsy.com have sellers who sell raw gemstone crystals, also a subscriber suggested this eBay seller http://stores.ebay.com/Mininggems, just to be clear I haven’t ordered from this seller and am only suggesting based on the subscribers info.
I know this isn’t necessarily a jewelry tutorial but I couldn’t resist trying this technique out! So the other day I was cleaning out some cupboards and besides getting a sore back I found some really pretty crystals, many of which were perfect for making “gold-dipped” pendants. I had wanted to do a tutorial on this technique after a viewer asked me about how to do this type of pendant, so when I discovered the crystals it seemed it was the right time to make this tutorial.
There was a bit of trial and error with this technique, I made the mistakes so you don’t have to:) I originally bought gold leaf paint and thought it would create the same effect but I quickly realized that the result was inferior to the gold-dipped crystal that I had bought a few years back(One I paid $23 for!) So I went back out and got gold flakes and sealer, there were kits for gold leafing that included the adhesive and sealer but as I said, I found the sealer was perfect for me.
The crystals I used were Agate Horn/Teeth shaped beads, Raw Amber, Amethyst, A Geode, and a Clear Crystal Quartz.To prevent the wire in the drilled beads from moving too much and wearing away the gold I used a little bead glue to hold it in place at the sides, I also added a little bead glue to the finished crystal jump rings around where it was attached to the crystal for added strength. I haven’t bought crystals for a few years so I’m not sure where to get them but if anyone has a good source I would love to hear about it. This technique can be done in silver as they have silver leaf kits and flakes too.
The Gold Flakes I used are by ArtMinds
The Sealer is Mona Lisa by Speedballart
The glue is E6000 available at craft and hardware stores. If anyone knows of a better glue to use I would love to hear about it.
If you need more help with basic wire wrapping techniques and wrapped loops here is a link: https://youtu.be/c6wN4D3SqqU
and Part 2 is here:
Here’s the link for the technique that I adapted these pendants from: http://www.jamiebhannigan.com/diy-gol…
Thanks so much to her for her inspiration.
For Gold Leaf Kits, Sealer and Adhesive:
ArtMinds gold flakes are available at Michaels Craft store.
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