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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Textured Pearls Domino Necklaces - A DominoART Technique!

Hello Friends!

Before I tell you all about today's projects I want to remind everyone that DominoART's first official challenge, sponsored by Rick St Dennis, starts March 1st over on my DominoART Blog!  Rick is graciously providing a freebie digi Domino Book Kit which will only be available for download for two days as well as some awesome prizes!  So pop by for the grand launch Friday March 1st!  It's going to be so much fun :0)

To get you in the mood for altering dominoes I've got a super fun technique for you all to try that I first discovered in 2002 and it's still a pleasure to do!  The Blockheads Design Team have been featuring Perfect Pearls this month.  For paper arts this one is known as Heated Pearls but for dominoes I decided to call it Textured Pearls and you can see in my demo photos why I decided on that name.  The finished look is sooo textural and shimmery!

For the blue domino I used Perfect Pearls Patina Blue and Green and Perfect Pearl (white) with a small dollop of glue.
 Heated Pearls is a fun paper arts technique that translates easily to dominoes!  It is also the perfect technique to try on your stash of dominoes that got messed up in some way or other!  I recycled some white dominoes and used assorted Perfect Pearls and Pearl Ex powders to create my demo pieces.

On all three of my dominoes I started off by colouring the sides with paint pens to hide any messes and to match the Perfect Pearls colour scheme.  Now for the fun part...apply a generous amount of white craft glue to the surface of the domino with a toothpick or your finger and spread it around making sure to cover up anything you want to hide.

For the gold domino I used Perfect Pearls Perfect Gold and Perfect Copper with a semi-generous dollop of glue.
Sprinkle Perfect Pearls or Pearl Ex powder randomly onto the glue.  You can have fun experimenting with different colour combinations and the amount of glue and powder you use.  Mix the powder into the glue with a brush or your finger and apply a lot of heat to the glue mix with a heat gun.  As the glue heats up it will bubble and ooze and you can stop applying the heat once all the powder has melted into the glue and you're happy with the result.  Let everything cool down for a few minutes coz the domino and the glue do get quite hot then you can dab the surface and squish the glue down in places if you need to and then put aside to allow it to completely cool and harden.  The result is this wonderful crumpled up looking surface that's so textural and pretty.

To complete the first two DominoART necklaces I used the following supplies:
Exclusive Blockheads Paper Arts stamps: the Steampunk Owl from Fringe Folktails and the Seahorse from Seashells with Round Sand Frame
 Inkssentials shrink plastic
Jet Black StazOn ink
Making Memories Metal Alphabet Charms
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Metallic Silver Paint Pen
Stickles glitter glue
Pin-Bail combo
E6000 Adhesive
Silver and Gold tone ball chains
This next necklace I made for Day 5 of my Romancing the DominoART event.  Pop over for more photos and info on the products I used.

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing you all taking part in my DominoART Blog's first challenge!  Have a fabulous weekend :0)

Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * Lost Coast Designs * About Art Accents


  1. Amazing technique! I can't wait to try this! xxD

  2. Imagine that 2 post with seahorses which I love, I've been wanting to make some domino pendents I have a vintage set just waiting.. Thanks so much for sharing these and the techniques and I hope you have a fabulous weekend...


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