Welcome! What do you think? Would you believe that two days ago, that pendant was a huge silver-y washer sitting in my husband's tool box? I've got the pictures to prove it, and it's EASY too!
Here's my washer--just a basic, albeit huge, washer. I chose four Copic Various Inks that would coordinate. (I probably could have left the G40 out since very light values don't show up well.)
Here I have randomly dripped Copic Various Inks (ink refills) onto my washer. See how it's beading up a bit? That's because I didn't clean the washer throughly first. I had to use my Copic Colorless Blender to thoroughly clean my washer before I could get the ink to stick well (paper towel with a bit of colorless blender, and some good rubbing).
There--that's better! I dabbed at the ink with a scrunched up paper towel. Use whatever you have. . .
I thought it needed a bit more variation and character, so I lightly spritzed it with Colorless Blender.
Inking the washer wasn't hard. Finding an appropriate sealer is a little bit more of a challenge. The problem is that most good sealers--especially aerosol sealers--are solvent-based, just like Copic inks. So if you get a little wet with your spray, you'll start moving ink around. I researched sealers for metal and ran across several ideas online:
- Mod Podge (water based, but I thought it might peel off of a really smooth surface)
- Krylon Crystal Clear (solvent-based, so would react with ink, though I have in a pinch lightly sprayed Workable Fixative, then Crystal Clear, with heat tool in hand to dry each layer quickly)
- Clear automotive paint (but it's also solvent-based)
- Ice Resin, or a similar two-part epoxy resin (takes a LONG time to dry and cure, but is a really tough finish if you want to wait. . . for. . . it. . . And it does NOT disturb the ink--SCORE!
- Krylon Kamar Varnish (I've ordered some, but it has to ship by Pony Express since it's flammable, making it officially slower than the Ice Resin that I had on hand already! :-) I'm sure that it is also solvent-based. So I will have to use my heat tool trick when I get a chance to test the Kamar Varnish. I'll let you know how it works.)
After a good 24 hours of drying time, I needed a way to attach a chain to my pendant. I could have asked my husband to drill a tiny hole, but where's the fun it that? I found some really heavy duty silver wire in my craft stash (18 gauge non-tarnish silver Artistic Wire), and used a pair of pliers to twist a couple of loops at the top and then wrap my wire around the washer three times. It's not perfectly symmetrical on there; a thinner wire would have been easier to wrap perfectly. But I'm okay with it. In fact, I think I like it!
This was just ONE use of my Copic Various Inks. How about a few others?
- Refilling Copic Markers (Yes, I thought I should start with this one!)
- Faux stone on glossy cardstock
- Coloring absorbent surfaces (Have you seen the Sharpie canvas pillows on Pinterest? Hint: You have Copic 358 alcohol ink colors to work with. . .)
- Coloring non-absorbent surfaces such as glass, metal, resin, plastic, acrylic, etc.
- Painting on Yupo
- and the list could go on and on!
In short, if you have a set of Copic Various Inks/refills, you may want to consider a playdate with them! Thanks for stopping by,