Golden Coin Chic
by Carol Heppner
Celebrate the “old-world” style that is a very popular trend in jewelry by making your own golden-coin necklace with Viva Decor products. Pair this necklace with a black turtleneck sweater for Thanksgiving or a black velvet shirt for Christmas. You can even use this necklace in the summer months, if you substitute golden metal jewelry components for the black ones used in these instructions.
The old-world coins are textured and look as if they were reclaimed from an old shipwreck or part of a pirate’s treasure. The necklace’s pendant looks like a piece of antique glass that has been fused with liquid copper hearts. Only you will know the true secret and age of the necklace’s coins and pendant. Viva Decor products are used to create antique glass and to transform paper into golden coins from a pirate’s booty.
Gold Coins and Pendant Frame
These coins are simple to create, but produce realistic-looking golden coins that are a great addition to all your craft projects.
Cut fourteen 1 1/8-inch circles (more if you want a longer necklace) and three 1 1/2-inch circle frames from the Bristol paper. The center of the 1 1/2-inch circle frame has a 1 1/8-inch opening. Set aside one 1 1/2-inch circle frame and do not color it.
Use a soft sponge to apply a thin layer of the Inka Gold over the paper. Let the Inka Gold dry for about a minute and then apply an uneven, heavier second coat.
Place a few drops of the Contour Copper Glass Effect Gel over the paper and then use a soft sponge to randomly stipple the gel across the paper. Let the gel dry.
Repeat the above step with the Contour Lead Glass Effect Gel.
Use a soft sponge to randomly apply a thin coat of Inka Gold over the paper. Let dry.
While you can just use the coins as is, you can give them a domed look. Place the coin onto the computer mouse pad, making sure the back of the coin is facing upward. Place the ball embossing stylus in the center of the coin and use a circular motion to move outward toward the edges of the circle. Use a gentle pressure with the stylus to create the domed look.
Faux Antique Glass and Frame
Place one 1 1/2-inch circle frame on a sheet of clear plastic. Make sure the plastic is flexible so it will be easier to remove the faux antique glass once it is dried.
Use the My Paper World Transparent Pen to apply gel in the open center of the paper frame. Make sure to slightly overlap the gel onto the inside edges of the paper frame.
Working quickly, create five equally spaced dots with the Contour Copper Glass Effect Gel in the Transparent gel near the inside edge of the paper frame and then use a toothpick to draw the copper towards the next drop. Place a copper gel dot in the center of the Transparent gel and then draw out the copper to create little lines from the center of the drop. Use the My Paper World Transparent Pen to apply a thin coat of gel over the copper areas. Let the gel dry. Gently remove the faux antique glass from the plastic sheet.
Sandwich the frame with the faux antique glass between the two 1 1/2-inch circles and use a clear-drying glue to attach all the layers together. When the glue dries, use the Contour Copper Glass Effect Gel to apply dots around the top of the pendant frame. Apply a thin coat of the gold, Inka Gold, around the top and sides of the frame. Let dry.
Assembling the Necklace
Laying out your necklace pieces on your work surface will help you know where to make the holes for attaching jump rings or the chain links from the black necklace. The black chain links were chosen so they would seem to disappear on a black sweater and allow the faux gold coins to be more prominent.
When you have your faux-gold coins and antique-glass frame laid out on your work space, determine where you will need to punch holes for the chain links. Use the black marker to create a tiny dot where you will punch your holes.
Punch the holes in the coins and frame.
Use the chain-nose pliers to attach the black chain links to the holes in the coins and frame. Finish the necklace by adding the toggle clasp in end of the necklace.
Viva Decor Products
- Inka Gold, Gold
- My Paper World Transparent Pen
- Glass Effect Gel, Contour Copper
- Glass Effect Gel, Contour Lead
- Crystal, 3mm
- Bristol paper (Bristol paper comes in a tablet and found in craft stores)
- Tooth pick
- Soft sponge
- White glue
- Ball embossing stylus
- Computer mouse pad or soft surface
- Scissors or circle punches
- 1/16 hole punch
- Black chain necklace
- Chain nose pliers
- Black toggle clasp
- Clear plastic sheet
- Black marker