Alcohol Ink Glass Gems
Always looking for a new way to use alcohol inks, I decided to try them out on glass gems. You know, the kind you buy at craft stores to fill up jars and vases (or as point markers in board games). I have amassed quite a collection of glass gems for crafting and game playing. I pick them up when they go on sale at Michael's or when Dollar Tree starts selling new varieties. I think the large clear gems I have below are from Dollar Tree, though I'm not sure. They are sold most places that sell craft supplies.
I picked out some gems that were relatively flaw free and set up my work space with my craft mat. Using my DIY applicator, I dripped ink onto both ends with two different mixes of colors. I found that this method worked well and allowed me to try different combinations and layers on each gem without having to reload my applicator multiple times. The bolder colors seemed to show up the best through the gem, and smaller patterns of colors seemed to look the most impressive. Just keep stamping until you get colors that look nice. The colors will become more defined the longer you stamp them. If you don't like how one turns out, just wipe it off with a bit of rubbing alcohol and start over.
I found that I really liked using my gold and silver alcohol ink on these gems. They were such fun and went so quickly that I made a nice pile of gems. I let them dry for a bit (doesn't take long) before flipping them over.
When I took the photos below, I was really pleased with how they turned out, but I noticed they were leaving some marks on the white cardstock I had them sitting on for the photo.
So I flipped them back over and applied a thin layer of mod podge to seal them up. (You could also use an acrylic sealer, but it's 5 degrees out and there's a foot of snow on the ground--so not really spray paint weather here.)
Then I strung them up with suede cording. I picked some of the darkest colored gems to make into necklaces since they looked the brightest and would show the bail through the design the least. The next time I make these, I may play around with putting a layer of foil or paper behind the design to make it pop and keep the bail from showing through. Even with being able to see the bails through these gems, I think they turned out pretty cool, and I can't wait to wear them.