Arte Es Vida

Kahlo Fruits Pin by arteesvida
December 14, 2006, 12:52 am
Filed under: Mixed Media, Non-Traditional Jewelry


Images, small collages, or stickers (I used Frida Kahlo art stickers from Dover)

Cardboard backing.

Aluminum tape

Jewelry Grade Adhesive (E6000 or Jewel Glue)

Collage medium such as Mod-Podge (if you aren’t using stickers)

Paint brush for applying collage medium

Pin backing

Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)

Clear Embossing Pad


If you are using an art sticker, simply stick the sticker on your cardboard backing. If you are using any other type of image, or group of images, glue them securely onto the cardboard backing using a thin coat of Mod-Podge. Seal another coat over the top with a paintbrush and let dry completely.

Press the whole image into the embossing pad to coat thoroughly. Sprinkle a thin coat of UTEE over the top. (The embossing pad will keep the UTEE stuck to the picture). There are two ways of melting the UTEE. You can either put it in the oven or toaster oven at a low temperature and let it melt, or you can heat it with an embossing gun. I usually start it in the oven to get the melting process started (it melts very evenly in the oven) then I finish it off with an embossing gun because the gun is much faster. Experiment and see what works best for you!

After the first layer of UTEE is cooled, you may want to add a second for a thicker, glassier surface. Although doing one thin coat at a time takes longer, the results are much better than doing one thick coat which can pebble or even crack.

Trim your aluminum tape to fit and frame the edges of the piece with your tape.

Add a pin backing to the back with a strong jewelry grade adhesive and let cure completely.

UTEE also works well on polymer clay…it’s a wonderful way to create glassy surfaces without having to use fragile glass!

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