Thursday, September 10, 2009

Amate Back to School Creation

Hi all!! I hope you are having a great short week! I have two projects to share with you today made for Amate Studios. The theme was Back to School so I couldn't help making two pieces with the teachers in mind.

For this first piece, I created the pendant using UTEE, some school brads, a paper clip, stamps, and grunge board. I finished the piece off with Red agate and blue quartz along with some message beads by Blue Moon beads. Below is the full instruction. Don't forget to check it out here to see all the design team members projects!!

Teach Necklace:

Products used:

Amate Studios Design Base Elements Rectangle Pendant (gold)

Ranger Melting Pot

Ranger UTEE in Clear

Ranger UTEE Flex

Tim Holtz Grungeboard

Tim Holtz Adirondak Alcohol Inks (Various Colors)

The Paper Studio Homeroom Brads

Stampin’ Up! Alphabits Stamp Set

¼” Round Punch

¼” Square Punch

Paper Clip

Cream Cardstock

Momento Tuxedo Black Ink

Blue Moon Message beads

Suzie Weinburg Cool Tools

Non-stick Craft Sheet

Red Agate stones

Blue Quartz chips

Metal Glue

Beadalon 7 strand wire

Toggle clasp


  1. Cut Grungeboard to fit inside of Amate Studios pendant and add alcohol inks in the color scheme you like.
  2. Slip on paperclip and attach Grungeboard to Amate Studios pendant with glue and bend off the back of the brads so you are left with just the tops.
  3. Stamp the alphabits set onto card stock and punch out the letters alternating the shapes.
  4. Arrange the brads and letters in the design you like and attach all elements using glue.
  5. Pre-heat Melting Pot with lid on for about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add UTEE.
  7. Once UTEE has melted, add UTEE Flex and mix.
  8. Carefully add UTEE to the finished Amate Studios pendant and allow to cool.
  9. Cut the beading wire to desired length and attach the toggle clasp to the end.
  10. String beads in your desired patterned adding the message beads throughout.
  11. Add Amate Studios pendant to the center and continue stringing the beads in the chosen pattern.
  12. Finish necklace by attaching the other end of the toggle-Enjoy!

This second piece was done using some 6/0 size seed beads, message beads, glossy accents, and the computer to generate the sentiment within the focal piece. Again, the full instruction is below.

Kindness Necklace:

Products used:

Amate Studios Design Base Elements Connecter Pendant

Ranger Glossy Accents

Tim Holtz Adirondak Alcohol Inks (Various Colors)

Ranger Queens Gold Embossing Powder

Versamark Ink

Mini Paper Flower

Designer Paper

Cream Cardstock

½” Round Punch


Acrylic Spray

Heat Tool

Blue Moon Inspiration Pendants

Blue Moon Seed Beads (Size 6/0)

Swarovski Crystals



E-6000 Glue

Beadalon Dandy Line

Tie In Toggle clasp


  1. Layer the inside of the connector component with the Versamark Ink and sprinkle the gold embossing powder. Heat with your heat tool until melted.
  2. On the computer, type out the word “Kindness” using various fonts for a bit of a funky look and printout. Spray lightly with Acrylic Spray to seal in the ink from your printer. (if you are using a laser printer, you do NOT need to seal) Cut out to fit pendant.
  3. Using your ½” circle punch, punch out a piece of the designer paper and glue it to your pendant in the location you have chosen. Attach your printed Kindness to the top. Place your mini flower also in your chosen location.
  4. Fill in the component with Glossy Accents and place crystals in your desired spots. Let dry. Once dry, fill in any remaining spots that may have settled for a smooth top. At this time, sprinkle lightly a very small amount of glitter to the top. Let dry.
  5. Using your Alcohol Inks, sponge around the component until you have your desired look with your chosen colors to tone down the bright metal. Let dry.
  6. Cut out Dandyline string in the length you want and begin stringing in the seed beads having two strands. Tie those strands to the inside of your toggle clasp and secure with your E-6000 glue. Let dry completely.
  7. While the necklace is drying, begin stringing smaller strands around the base of the component and alternating the look with the inspiration pendants.
  8. Attach the component to your finished necklace with a jumpring and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed these two projects and thank you for stopping by to take a look!! Have a great day!!

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