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Faux Shell Charm Pin

Faux Shell Charm Pin

I love to try my hand at making my own embellishments and jewelry pieces. Most of my projects start out as some hare-brained idea that sounds great at the moment, but usually has a much different outcome once in action. This little charm is a happy product of my wild imagination. I think it turned out quite pretty and thought I would share it with the world.  I love how the paint and texture mimic the appearance of a broken, weathered shell.


Small Fairie on the Moon Stamp (Faerie Song Art Stamps)
Card Stock, Creamy white (Paper Goods)
Black Onyx Versafine Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Watercolor Crayons (Lyra)
Lumiere Paint, Pearl White( Jacquard)
Flat Black Spray Paint (Krylon)
UTEE, Clear (Suze Weinberg)
E6000 Adhesive (Eclectic Products)
Double Sided Tape (Terrifically Tacky)
Beadazzles, Waltz (Suze Weinberg)
Pin Finding (Westrim)
Scissors, Titanium Cutter Bees (EK Success)
Heat Gun (Marvy)
Melting Pot (Suze Weinberg)
Water Brush (Stampin Up)
2" wide Flat Paint Brush
1 Compact Disc (CD)


  1. To create the shell background, work in a well ventilated area on a heat resistant surface. (I worked outside and used the sidewalk.)
  2. Holding the CD with tongs, heat the CD area midway from the center hole out to the edge. As the CD becomes pliable, press the edge against the heat resistant surface curling it inwards and allowing the CD to bubble. Continue until the CD edges are completely curled.
  3. Spray both sides with the black spray paint. 
  4. Using the flat brush, dip into the Lumiere and pounce it on one side of the cooled CD. Allow to dry and repeat until the piece has a nice heavy coat with no black showing through. I painted four coats to get the effect I liked. Set the piece to the side to dry.
  5. Stamp the image on creamy card stock and color in with the watercolor crayons. Use the water brush to blend and soften colors. 
  6. Set the Melting Pot on the UTEE setting with the lid on. Once the pot is fully heated add clear UTEE, cover and allow to melt.
  7. Looking at the painted side of the CD , find the area that you would prefer for the background.  (Because the Lumiere paint was put on by pouncing, the color will be more opaque in some places and less opaque in others.)
  8. Cut this area out. (The piece I used is about 2-½" x 3") 
  9. Position and adhere the stamped image to the piece with double sided tape.
  10. Once the UTEE is ready, dip the front of the charm into the pot, coating the image completely. Set on heat resistant surface to cool (I use a piece of Teflon ironing board cover.)
  11. Using the heat gun, reheat the UTEE allowing the heat to smooth out any air bubbles.
  12. Drop small pinches of the Beadazzles randomly around the stamped image while still heating the UTEE.
  13. Allow the piece to cool and then attach the pin finding to the back of the charm about ½" from the top with the E6000 adhesive.

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