A couple of weeks ago I dug out my old decorated glass gems and whipped up some magnets. The project reminded me just how rewarding decorating glass gems with alcohol ink is. And since I have more colors of alcohol inks and some new glue-on bails since the last attempt, I thought it was worth a revisit.
So I grabbed some 1 inch glass gems (which I picked up at Dollar Tree), my inks, and my applicator and got to work on a craft mat. I remembered from last time that the brightest and darkest colors work the best, so I used a variety on the backs of the gems.
I just dropped a few different colors onto the felt and stamped and switched colors until I liked what I saw. And just like last time they turned out so pretty so quickly!
After they had dried (and I had taken some photos), I flipped them over and mod podged the backs to keep them from smearing or scratching. A clear sealer would work well for this step too, but it was cold out when I was crafting, so I opted for the mod podge.
Then I grabbed my new bails. I ordered a big bag on Amazon so you'll definitely be seeing more necklaces from me in the future. I used some E6000 glue to attach the bails to the back. These were a bit smaller than the ones I used the first time around from Michael's, so they didn't show through as much. But for good measure I still chose the gems that had the darkest designs to make into necklaces.
After the glue dried, I grabbed some ribbon and some suede cord to finish them off.
They turned out fantastic and I can't wait to wear them!