A couple of weeks ago I made some St. Patrick's Day Necklaces using some new cabochons and bezels/blanks that I had ordered on Amazon. They worked alright to make necklaces with printed paper, but now I wanted to see how they worked with alcohol ink.
I got out my alcohol inks and a craft mat. I also got out a small paint brush, some rubbing alcohol, and a can of air.
I started out by dripping some purple ink onto a gem/cabochon and used a can of air to spread it around the gem.
I added some sailboat blue to finish covering the gem with a base of colors.
Then I slowly added other colors through a combination of dripping and painting. I would drip some ink on the mat and then load the paintbrush with some ink to dot it onto the gem.
I repeated this process with pretty much the same mix of colors on another gem, but with bigger blobs of color and then I tried a monochromatic black, gray, and silver gem. I set these aside for a while to dry.
After the gems had dried for a couple of hours, I selected bezels that complimented the gems and grabbed my e6000 glue.
I squeezed a dollop of glue onto each bezel/blank and pressed the gem into the glue as evenly as possible. I ended up with just a smidge too much glue, so you don't need much.
I left those to glue for a day and came back and tried to clean off excess glue. Then I used some faux suede cording to string them up as necklaces.
This small batch of necklaces was mostly a test to see how the bezels looked with the ink. The lighter backgrounds looked pretty good with the bezels, so I'm excited to make more!