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Foam Board Jewelry for the Inventor

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Foam Board Pendant and Earrings
By: Bea Rosenleaf, Artistic Guide

While playing with the Shaving Cream Technique, I wondered how it would work on foam core board. That's the stuff you can buy at any hobby or craft store. It's made with a styrofoam middle sandwiched by two pieces of cardstock.  Here's a description I found on Create-For-Less website:

Description: Elmer's® Foam Board is very lightweight as well as strong, which makes it ideal for framing large works of art or posters, since it adds so little weight to the overall piece. It is made of a type of Styrofoam covered on both sides with paper. Foam board is easily cut into shapes with a razor-type knife. It accepts paints and felt-tip markers and fabric can be glued to its surface. The surface can be easily pierced with thumbtacks or pushpins for quick attachments. CFC-Free. Size:  20"x 30"x 3/16".

I must say, it turned out quite well. But what to do with it after creating the background?  Then I remembered a while back seeing some large square pendants made with the foam board. Come join me in this venture!

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Supplies:
Stamps:
Cloissoné Triangle Set (Michael Strong)
Papers:
Foam Core Board (Elmer's)
Inks:
VersaMark Watermark ink pad (Tsukineko)
Adirondack dye re-inkers (Ranger):
     Bottle
     Stream
     Wild Plum
Black Archival ink, such as StazOn or Brilliance (Tsukineko)
Other:
Shaving Cream
Container
Stick to marble shaving cream
Craft Knife
Self-healing cutting mat (Fiskars)
Gold embossing powder (Tsukineko)
Heat embossing tool (Marvy Uchida)
Metal ruler
.25" Wonder Tape (PennyWiseArts)
Gold microbeads (PennyWiseArts)
Scissors
Jewelry Findings:
     Eyepins & Headpins
     Earring Findings
     Jump Rings
22 gauge jewelry wire

Wire Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Coordinating beads (Unknown)
Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
Awl, or something to create small holes in the foam board

Directions:

  1. Cut a piece of foam core board the size needed for the project.
  2. Prepare shaving cream with re-inkers (see Shaving Cream Background project for detailed instructions). Put the foam board into the shaving cream and follow the steps to finish the background.  Let dry.
  3. Dust surface with anti-static bag or a dryer sheet.
  4. Stamp large triangle and two small triangles onto the prepared board with VersaMark embossing ink pad.
  5. Sprinkle Gold embossing powder and dump off excess onto a scrap piece of paper and return to jar.
  6. Pre-heat embossing heat tool. Use heat tool to melt the embossing powder. Make sure you don't get too close to the foam board or it may melt.  It will take a little longer to melt the powder due to the distance needed. Let cool.
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  8. Using the ruler and craft knife, trim the triangles from the piece of board. Make sure you do not cut off the edges of the embossed image.

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  9. Direct to paper with Black ink to the back of the triangle pieces.  Let dry. You can dry quicker with the heat embossing tool, just be sure not to get the heat too close to the pieces.
  10. Take the Wonder Tape and apply to the outer edges of the triangles. Start at a point on the triangle as shown in the following photo, leaving a small end to fold over the point. When getting to the end of the triangle, lift up the beginning portion of the red liner on the tape and proceed with the tap to the end of the point. Cut off with scissors. See the photos for details.

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    Start with a point and wrap red liner tape around
    outside of piece.

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    At the end, lift up the beginning piece of red liner.

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    Place tape over the beginning piece and cut off. 
     

  12. Place microbeads into a container (I used a Tidy Tray). Remove the red liner from the tape and place edges into the microbeads.  Push beads into the tape to firmly secure.  You may need to repeat several times to get good coverage with the beads.

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  13. Using an awl, carefully push into the foam core to create a beginning hole for the wire to enter. Create a hole at the top peak and in the middle of the bottom. Repeat on the remaining two pieces of jewelry.
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  15. Take 3 decorative head pins and place beads on them - make sure you don't put too many on there or there won't be enough of the wire to stick into the jewerly piece to secure well.  Set these aside for the time being. Use larger beads for the pendant and smaller beads for the earrings.
  16. To create an eye pin (these can also be purchased) for the pendant, cut a length of wire that will have a tail for the beads and still fit into the jewelry piece, and be long enough to create the eye and wrapping.  Use the round-nose pliers, bend the wire around to create the eye. Wrap end of wire around the base of the eye a couple of times to secure. Cut with wire cutters. Use pliers to bend the cut end of the wire around to make it smooth, so it won't catch on clothing.  Repeat the above for the earrings, except place the wire through the loop on the earring finding before making the eye. 
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  18. String beads onto the eye pins - larger for the pendant, and smaller for the earrings.
  19. Place a good portion of Crystal Lacquer over the hole in at the bottom of the triangle created in step 11. Insert head pins (with the beads) into the hole, pressing beads again the Crystal Lacquer. Set aside and let dry well.
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  21.  Repeat the above step using the beaded eye pins and place them into the tops of the three pieces. Again, set aside and let dry.
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  23. When pieces are dry, apply Crystal Lacquer to the tops  of all three pieces, giving a fairly thick coating. Puncture any bubbles that develop with a pin. Set aside and let dry over night.
  24. Repeat step 17 on the backs of the three pieces and let dry.
  25. If you like, you may also seal the microbeads around the perimeter of the pieces.
  26. Sign your work!
  27. Proudly wear your jewelry, or give as a gift.

Note:  If you do not have Crystal Lacquer, you can use any strong jewelry adhesive to glue the pins into the jewelry pieces.  And to finish, you can use Future Floor Wax, or any other acrylic sealing product.  You want a fairly tough sealer to make the jewelry pieces stronger, so if you use the floor wax, make sure you apply several coats to the pieces.  The sealer also give the pieces a nice finished look to them.


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11 Responses »

  1. Thanks so much, Char! Maybe this is something to do at your gathering?! I want to see what you do with this project!

  2. Bea, YOU RULE!!! This is just one of the neatest projects I've seen in a while, and using stuff I already own! LOVE it when that happens! Great tutorial!!!

  3. Hi Daylene!

    I'm so happy to see your ideas for using this medium for jewelry. You are right, the possibilities are limitless! And it's so lightweight - you hardly know you are wearing it! I would love to see your creations using this medium! Please do share with us.

  4. Bea, this is awesome! It makes such great sense when you think about using harder surfaces (i.e. dominos, triominos, etc.) and this option is limitless on the shapes, sizes and flexibility of adding the wirework! Thanks for a great idea and tutorial!!

    Daylene

  5. You bet, Willow! Please share what you create! You know I love your work.

  6. I just printed these directions and can't wait to go get some foam board and PLAY!!! Thanks for a great technique Bea!!! Hugs, Willow

  7. Thank you so much, Dave! It was a really fun project. I hope to do more in the future.

  8. Very original beads, good job! What a pleasure to read how you transformed the foam board.

    --Dave

  9. Thank you so much, ladies, for your kind comments. Kathy - I hope you share whatever you create with this technique! We would love to see.

  10. Wow, I'm impressed - wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Wonderful idea! Wonder Instructions! Wonderful result! Just plain wonderful! I'm excited to do this.