I had been wanting to make some domino pendants for quite some time. So one day, while in Starbucks waiting for my frappacinno, I was looking through their shelf of clearance items. After digging a bit, I uncovered a neat wooden box of bamboo dominoes. My imagination went to work and I decided they were the perfect for pendants! Starbucks is a treat for me anyway and finding these dominoes just made my day..I never get anything other than coffee (and rarely that) there because of the high prices but these dominoes were on clearance for 5 bucks so I just couldn't pass them up. So I left happy with frappuccino in one hand and bamboo dominoes in the other. I love these particular dominoes because they are not too thick and they are flat on both sides with no indentions or carving. The pendantsI made from them turned out really cute. This project can be made using any wooden dominoes I am sure as long as you can sand one side smooth enough for your image or picture...So grab your dominoes and let's get started!
What You Need
- Wooden Dominoes
- Emory board or Small sander
- Mod Podge
- Art or Picture
- EnviroTex Lite Resin or Diamond Glaze (optional)
- E6000 Glue
Take your domino and sand. Starbucks dominoes are perfect for this! If your dominoes have indentions or are carved, you'll need to sand down to a smooth surface. You can round the corners if you like. Mine had square corners so I sanded the corners and rounded them a bit.
After sanding the domino, paint it the color of your choice. I used Folk Art acrylics to paint mine. So paint your domino and let dry. While the paint is drying, this is a good time to cut out your art or photo for your pendant. A good way to do this is trace around the domino on top of whatever art or picture you want and then neatly cut it out. Once you have your art and your painted domino is dry, apply mod podge to the back of the art or photo and apply it to the domino. Make sure and press out all air bubbles under the image or photo and make sure it is completely adhered to the domino.
Once your domino is painted and your art is adhered to the domino go over the top of the domino two or three times with mod podge making sure to cover the entire image making sure to seal up your image really well and also apply a couple of coats coat around the sides and back to help seal your paint and protect the pendant.
After the mod podge is applied and the domino is dry and finished it is at this time that you can put a coat of resin, diamond glaze or something similar over the top of your domino to get a more finished look- These type products will create a thicker glass-like raised surface on your pendant. Resin, in my opinion, creates the best finish of the two. The extra coating with resin or diamond glaze is optional though. The few coats of mod podge should do just fine as far as sealing and protecting. You can even "build up" the mod podge to create a thicker coating on top. The resin or diamond glaze just gives it a more finished look. I pinky swear that the pendant will look great either way. It's whatever you prefer to do. After you are finished with your domino and it's all sealed and dry put a dab of E6000 glue on the bail and stick to the back of the domino and let dry for about a day. After it's dry, add a cord and your necklace is finished!
If you do choose to use Resin as a protective finish, a good resin to get is Envirotex Lite. You can get it at craft stores and it may seem high for the quantity but a little bit goes a long way. It doesn't smell bad and it's very easy to use. Just make sure and follow the directions very close and you can't go wrong.
The diamond glaze works as well but it is a bit harder to find for me. You may be able to find it easier. It's what they call a dimensional adhesive and it's Judikins Diamond Glaze and they have even a newer product I haven't tried called DG3. It is thick and dries crystal clear. Still not as good as resin in my opinion. There are a lot of similar type products like the diamond glaze that will work fine. I think one is called Triple Thick by Deco Art. It will give a thick crystal coating as well. If you google "thick clear finishes for pendants" or something similar that, it should bring lots of results.
Note: These pendants are water-resistant but NOT waterproof. It's suggested to take off while showering or bathing or avoid submerging in water as this could damage the pendant even if you choose to use an additional coat of resin or diamond glaze :0)
I guess that about covers it! I hope that you find this tutorial helpful and easy to follow- as well as inspiring. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions! Would love to hear what everybody thinks about the pendants!
P.S. Are you interested in learning how to make a bottle cap pendant? Visit my hub tutorial on How To Make a Bottle Cap Pendant!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 20, 2014:
Robbin- Your pressed flower jewelry sounds very pretty! I am not sure why the diamond glaze is popping off though.... sounds like maybe its not getting good adherence the surface of whatever you have the pressed flowers on or maybe the laminate that you are using on the flowers... but that's just a guess. Have you ever thought of using resin? It is more involved but it would definitely be worth it. I have a hub on using resin in bottle caps if you are interested in having a look. If you do decide to try resin, please let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Best of luck to you!!
Robbin on November 15, 2014:
I am using diamond glaze to make pressed flower jewelry.I am having a problem with the diamond glaze popping off. can you help with that?. I am laminating the flowers first to preserve the color of the flowers.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:
Johanna- You are welcome... thank you for dropping by!
Johanna on December 03, 2013:
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have been looking all day for one that actually uses the products that I have!! You totally rock!! I can't wait to get started!! :)
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 18, 2012:
Thanks, Thundermama! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment :)
Catherine Taylor from Canada on March 17, 2012:
Love this craft idea! Great instructions.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 13, 2012:
Thank you, Angie! I am glad that I could help :)
Angie S. on January 12, 2012:
Thanks so much for the great info, Jamie. My husband is a wounded warrior with grade 3 PTSD. I am selling my necklaces with some of the proceeds going to P2V (Pets 2 Vets). I really found helpful info from your posts. YOU ROCK!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 11, 2012:
Angie S.- I am guessing there must be a difference between the decoupage and the Mod Podge because I've never had that problem with Mod Podge. A couple of thin layers cover it and the paper always stays in good shape. It doesn't sound like the decoupage is sealing it properly... because you shouldn't be having that problem with Diamond Glaze either. It might be worth it for you to get some Mod Podge. It's pretty inexpensive and you can even buy a small 4oz bottle of it. Mod Podge is awesome! Hope that helps! Let me know what happens..Good luck :)
Angie S. on January 10, 2012:
Thanks for the info, Jamie. Is there a difference between decoupage and Mod Podge? I've been using the decoupage which is dulling the computer printed images. On top of that, mixing decoupage with the diamond glaze creates more ink run and bubbles in the glaze.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 09, 2012:
Angie S.- Are you using regular printing paper? I have never had the problem of paper rippling when applying Mod Podge. Are you applying it with a paint brush? I just brush on a very thin layer when doing mine and then later go and put one more very thin layer. The sticker idea is actually a great idea though. I never even thought of that. Using the sticker maker will definitely save you time. Anyway, let me know if any of this info helps. Thanks for stopping by! PS if you want to just keep using the sticker maker, you could check Ebay or Amazon for replacement cartridges. Generally you can find stuff pretty cheap at both places.
Angie S. on January 08, 2012:
I am having trouble with printing images off of my desktop computer and using decoupage. The decopauge made the paper ripple and when it didn't, applying the diamond glaze over it, the colors ran. I finally had to break down and buy a sticker machine to make all of my images stickers first instead of using decopauge. Any suggestions on how not to have to spend so much money on the replacement sticker cartridges?
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 19, 2011:
Thank you Fluffy.. I love making jewelry! The latest thing I've been working on is making some bracelets with glass beads.. and also just made a necklace.
Fluffy77 from Enterprise, OR on May 18, 2011:
Love these pendants you have such a real talent for crafts with jewelry totally awesome!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 13, 2011:
Thank you for the nice comment, whaturmissing. They are really easy to do. I know yours will come out great too!
whaturmissing from Canada on February 13, 2011:
I'm gonna keep my eye out for dominoes now. Can't wait to try making some. Your look fabulous!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 10, 2011:
Thank you, elisabethkcmo! I'm so glad you found this useful and you are enjoying it. I bet your magnets turn out awesome!
elisabethkcmo from Just East of Oz on January 09, 2011:
I'm enjoying this project, right now just starting so I'm making some magnets. Thanks for the tips.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 06, 2011:
Song-Bird.. yes, I love Envirotex! It's really easy to work with. I was actually thinking of writing a hub just on Envirotex..:0) It's great stuff.. you will be pleased I am sure.
Renee Hanlon from Michigan on January 06, 2011:
I love these! What a great idea. I have a craft project that I needed to buy resin for so I am going to look for the Envirotex - Thanks for the tip!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 05, 2011:
Thank you, June
June McEwan from The Works 8 Mitchell Street Crieff Scotland PH7 3AG on January 04, 2011:
Thanks for a good re-use idea. I'll give it a go!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 03, 2011:
Thanks Joesy, Thanks for reading my hub. Right now might be a good time to check out Starbucks for some after Christmas sales, too.
Joesy Shmoesy from New England on January 02, 2011:
Oh my, I love these! What great gifts well as a special treat for myself. Thanks for sharing your idea! This is a great reason to swing by Starbucks as well.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 02, 2011:
Thank you cillam.. it's lots of fun and so easy.
cillam on January 01, 2011:
This is so neat and I might try it one day.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2010:
You are welcome crazy-zebra. Glad you like it!
crazy-zebra from Midwest on December 30, 2010:
thank you for the new idea and especially for sharing. I may try this soon. thanks.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 24, 2010:
Yes, Ilene. I used regular printer paper on a lot of mine. I just had to make sure and seal the paper really well on the front and back with Mod Podge.
Ilene on December 24, 2010:
Hi, can you just use regular computer paper?
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 09, 2010:
Dazzling Image on December 08, 2010:
Those domino pendants are lovely!They will make good gifts. You're very creative, thanks for sharing this idea.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 29, 2010:
Hi Moon.. thanks for sharing those other sites! I had heard of artfire but not the other two.
Fayme Zelena Harper from Lucerne Valley, CA on November 25, 2010:
Etsy is glutted with domino pendants. You might want to try some of the other sites like efreeme.com, artfire, or zibbet.
Antique Brass Clocks on November 25, 2010:
Carry on the good work fellas!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 24, 2010:
Aww.. Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals! I really appreciate the encouragement... Maybe I'll work up the nerve to put them on Etsy!
Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on November 23, 2010:
I love these pendents. I agree with stephhicks68, Etsy wpuld be a great place to sell these. Your directions are clear and concise and your product is lovely.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 22, 2010:
Thank you Steph, Mod Podge and Mal... I really love making these and Yes, I have considered selling on Etsy.. just haven't taken the plunge yet. Thank you for the nice comments!!
MalAdjusted on November 21, 2010:
These are so cute! have you ever thought of selling your pieces on Etsy or some similar site? I bet you could make some money off them, I'm all excited to start making my own now.
Mod Podge Amy on November 20, 2010:
Cute! These are so fun. Love domino pendants.
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on November 20, 2010:
Wow - what a cool craft idea. I would never have thought of making pendants out of dominoes! Have you considered selling them on a craft website like Etsy.com?