Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Embossed Wood Pendants

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast! This week I get to do a little collaboration with our friends at Clearsnap for the Embossed Wood Pendants tutorial. These are such a fun little project!

These started off as unfinished wooden pieces like these ones on Etsy. Each one has a coat of darker acrylic craft paint, then I stamped a pattern and embossed it. When that was dry, I rubbed another coat of paint over the embossing and removed the excess with a baby wipe, enhanced the edges, and then sealed it all with a clear coat of varnish. Check out the video to see how I attached the charm and created an adjustable length closure.

I'd like to give away this pendant that I made for the tutorial - if you'd like a chance to win the necklace above, leave a comment below! I will draw a winner Friday night at 9 central. I'll add the others to my Etsy store soon - there are a few more in there as well!

Clearsnap sent me a whole bunch of Molding Mats to work with - these are unmounted (naked) rubber molds that can be used to stamp or to impress designs into clay or foil. The one I used is above - the full piece is 2" x 7", and each little section is perfect for imprinting one of these fun pendants. Some of the mats have a long continuous pattern, and I have an idea to use one of those to decorate a handle I want to make for one of my drawing tools... if that works out I'll share it soon!

Speaking of drawing, I finished this portrait this weekend, and it's one of my favorites to date!

I'm starting to get more orders again and my queue for commissions is filling up - if you're thinking of ordering a portrait for Christmas, be sure to order early!

Happy 4th!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love the pendants! They're beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  2. Dina, the pendant is gorgeous! I looked at the tutorial on SCS... might need to try my hand at this. You are so talented!

  3. I think this is a great idea! I have lots of balsa wood circles and rectangles. I may have to give this a try. I think they'd be great to use on the face of a card and the recipient could take the pendant off to wear it.

  4. Wondeful for gifts. Thanks for sharing. I really like the sliding knots.

  5. The pendants are so cute!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I cannot wait to give these a try. I would like to get an early start and make some of these for Christmas gifts. Thank you so much for always inspiring us!!

  7. Those pendants would make such nice gifts, Dina! Your dog is indeed awesome!

  8. I'd love to win your pendant, but mostly I want to congratulate you and tell you how much I admire your work. This dog you showed today is precious!

  9. What a neat way to do these pendant! I've made them with paper before but didn't think of embossing - thanks for the idea!