Having small children in my house, I cannot tell you how many games and puzzles are missing pieces. But instead of pitching them in the trash, recycle those game pieces into wearable art.
Today I’m using dominoes to alter, but you can use this technique for poker chips or puzzle pieces as well.
- dominoes or other game pieces
- Adirondack Inks
- Black Archival Ink stamp pad
- Scrappy Cat Floral Hearts Stamp set
- Acrylic Mounting Block
- Aileen’s Paper Glaze
- E-6000 adhesive
- pin backs or bails
(Make sure you have a heat tool handy to set the ink, too!)
There are a couple of ways to go about making these fun, little gems, but here’s the easiest way.
Start off my adding a few drops of ink to the back of your domino. Only a few drops are necessary.
Using an make up dabber, sponge, or q-tip, dab the ink to gently spread it around with out mixing up the colors too much. I like to add a scant drop of silver or gold metallic ink to the dabber to add a little shimmer.
In just a few moments, the ink will dry. You can also color the edges at this point- I like to use the gold or silver metallic to finish them off.
Select the stamp you want to use and position it on the mounting block. Using the black ink, carefully stamp on top of your domino. You’ll want to heat-set the ink using your heat tool- usually just 10-15 seconds of heat will do the trick. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step!)
Since I like a high-gloss shine, I like to coat mine with Aileene’s Paper Glaze. Start by making a line of glaze around the border of the domino, and then, using the tip, add a little more to fill in. If you get bubbles, just pop them or drag them to the edge using a straight pin.
The drying time your glaze will need will depend on temperature, humidity, etc- mine dried in about an hour. Once your glaze is nice and dry, use your E-6000 adhesive to secure a pin back or a jewelry bail on the back.
These little mini works of art are completely addictive to me. I’ve also used metallic stickers in place of stamping for another fun look. So get creative and have FUN recycling!
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