Recycled Pop Can Heart Earrings


#DIY #Upcycled Recycled aluminum can heart earrings by @savedbyloves

Need some earrings to show your Valentine’s Day spirit?  Give these recycled Coke can heart earrings a try.  They are super cheap to create, and your friends will be amazed that they came from a can.  You can used a paper punch or a die cut machine for the heart shape.  The embossing can be done with a die cut machine or embossing folder and rolling pin, like I showed you in my recycled can heart bezel pendant tutorial.

#DIY #Upcycled Recycled aluminum can heart earrings by @savedbyloves


Aluminum can

4 4mm jump rings

Earring wires

Metal hole punch

Texture embossing folder

ICE resin

Vintaj relief block

Red acrylic paint and sponge brush

Metal primer

2 pairs of flat nose jewelry pliers


Cut aluminum can and primer

See recycled can heart bezel pendant for more details on preparing the can.

Emboss and cut heart shapes

I showed you in the heart bezel pendant tutorial  (linked above) how you can emboss without an embossing machine.  Emboss first, then cut shape (aren’t you proud, Amy?)!

vintaj reliefing block

apply ICE jeweler's grade resin

To dome the resin, pour in middle and pull out to edges with toothpick or needle tool.  Don’t pour too much.  You can always add more resin if needed.  Having resin run over the edges of your piece is no fun.  Seriously.

doming resin instructions

When resin is dry, paint the other side of the earring and hole punch for jump ring placement.

metal hole punch tutorial

punch holes for jump ring placement

Use pliers to open jump ring and attach it to another jump ring and an ear wire.  Close, then open end ring an attach to heart.

inserting jump rings into earring holes

That’s it!

Make upcycled aluminum can jewelry @savedbyloves

DIY Upcycled Pop Can & Resin Heart Pendant

[pinit]#Recycle aluminum cans into gorgeous jewelry #Resin #Upcycle @savedbyloves #DIY @Crafts

Do you have a pile of aluminum cans in recycling bin purgatory?  Well, if you have been around here long, you know I love to cut my cans and form them into various upcycled jewelry pieces.  Today, I am going to show you how I used a coke can, a bezel and some resin to create this fun, one of a kind heart pendant.  It would make a lovely gift for many occasions, and especially the rapidly approaching Valentine’s Day Holiday.  I made it for a gift and personalized it with a monogram stamped charm.  You don’t need a lot of expensive supplies and equipment to one of these yourself.  Here is how…


Empty Soda Can, rinsed with warm soapy water

Jewelry Shoppe Heart Bezel and corresponding heart paper punch (got mine at Hobby Lobby)

Resin Jewelry Tutorial, Upcycled Jewelry Tutorial


Any heart shape bezel and a sharpie or other permanent marker

Glossy Accents or other metal glue

Grungeboard or scrap cardboard

Embossing folder and machine

Perfect Pearls

3 colors of acrylic paint

Metal paint primer (I used Martha Stewart’s)

Vintaj Sanding Block

Magic Glos Resin


#Upcycled Recycled aluminum can jewelry #DIY #Craft tutorial @savedbyloves [pinit]

This project came about as I was doing another project that I haven’t shared with you yet.  There was a leftover aluminum can punched heart shape, and I remembered I had the corresponding bezel.  I found the bezel and paper punch at Hobby Lobby (by My Jewelry Shoppe) a couple of months back.  I decided to emboss the heart and add some acrylic paint and Liquid Pearls for a cool effect.

#Recycle aluminum cans into gorgeous jewelry #Resin #Upcycle @savedbyloves #DIY @Crafts

For the other project, I needed rectangles with a heart cut out in the middle.  If you just want the heart shape used in this tutorial, you don’t have to worry about cutting perfect rectangles.  Just primer and paint your can sheet and punch the heart shape from it.  I showed you how to cut the cans into a sheet in the video here…

Make an aluminum can pendant
Make an aluminum can pendant
Trace the heart twice onto grungeboard, thick cardstock or cardboard and cut out inside the outlines with scissors.  Glue the cardboard hearts together, then glue to bezel.  Use clothespin to apply pressure for good adhesion.  This gives thickness to the thin can top layer.
Emboss your painted and primed can heart.  I used Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder – Pattern and Stitches Set and my Sizzix Vagabond.  It you don’t have an embossing machine, you can hand emboss, or use the folder and a rolling pin like in this video by Sarah Hamer:

Now apply a second paint color over your base (Ranger Paint Dauber color Pool used here).

Ranger Paint Daubbers Pool

Ranger Paint Daubbers Pool

Let dry and and sand with sanding block to distress as desired.  Not shown here, but in my final pendant, I added a third paint color.  The red made the pendant pop.  If you sand away too much paint, it’s ok.  Just paint again and sand until you are happy with your piece.  The raised areas will lose color when you sand, while the depressed areas hold color.  The embossed design is enhanced by the contrast.  So fun!

How to emboss metal jewelry

How to emboss metal jewelry

When you are happy with your paint job, glue heart into pendant bezel on top of cardboard base as shown.  Hold in place with clothespin while glue dries.

How to emboss metal jewelry2

How to use Magic Glos resin

Let glue dry completely, then apply Magic Glos resin like I showed you in this Plaid Ring Bling tutorial.

You can use any resin you want.  I just had this on hand, and love the fact that it cures in minutes vs. the hours it takes 2 part resins to cure.  Maybe you are more patient than me!

Add chain and charms as desired and you are done!

#Upcycled Recycled aluminum can jewelry #DIY #Craft tutorial @savedbyloves


How to Make an Altered Pendant

#Altered art pendant tutorial @savedbyloves #Jewelry #Handmade

This is another scroll saw project.  I cut a domino sized rectangle from 1/4 inch plywood as my pendant base.  I love altered dominoes, but they are often quite thick/chunky, and have embossed surfaces on both sides.  This makes it hard to adhere paper without having bumpy lumpiness.  Using 1/4 inch plywood solves these issues, and is super cheap.


1/4 inch plywood rectangle 2×1 inches

Matte gel medium

150 grit sand paper

Small, detail paint brushes

Paper towels

Stamps of your choice

Stazon Jet Black

Glimmer Mist Turquoise Blue

Scrapbook paper 2×1 inches

Acrylic paint

Charcoal pencil

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glitter Silver

Tim Holtz Chitchat Stickers


Small Eye Hook or glue on bail

Necklace cording

#Altered art pendant tutorial @savedbyloves #Jewelry #Handmade


  • Paint plywood rectangle with black acrylic paint and let dry
  • Adhere scrapbook paper with print of your choice to pendant base with matte gel medium (I traced my wooden rectangle onto paper scrap and cut out to fit)
  • Let dry completely (about 30 min) and sand edges to smooth and blend paper into wood (this took away some of the black paint on the sides, which is what I wanted since I was going for a distressed look)
  • Stamp as background paper as desired with black ink and spray with glimmer mist.  Let dry.
  • Draw heart with charcoal pencil and paint with red acrylic wash (mix small amount of red acrylic paint with a few drops of water and paint heart so that paper print still shows through – you may need to dab with paper towel)
  • Apply thin, even coat of matte gel medium and let dry 30 min (you can hurry this along with a heat tool)
  • Apply chitchat word stickers (i used “Alter it”) and outline with soft charcoal pencil.
  • Apply layer of matte gel and let dry
  • Outline heart with charcoal pencil and blend for shadowing with Qtip or blending nibs
  • Coat with matte gel a final time
  • Once dry, screw small eye hook in top for hanging mechanism, or glue on a bail
  • Apply Dimensional Magic Silver Glitter – For a domed look, apply thin, even layer and let dry for a couple of hours.  Then apply doming layer.  Let sit for 24 hours.
  • Add charms and string as desired


Sizzix Embossed Poly Clay Pendants

Sizzix embossed clay pendants

Today, I thought I would share some more polymer clay + Sizzix creations.  For this piece, I baked a very thin (6 on my pasta machine)  sheet of polymer clay (white fimo) for 45 min at 275°.    I let it cool, then embossed with Sizzix using  a Tim Holtz clock embossing folder.  Then I colored it with alcohol inks.  I cut a piece to fit the bezel, used Crafter’s Pick glue to adhere it into the bezel, and layered watch parts and the word on a transparency in resin (Lisa Pavelka Magic Glos).

Polymer Clay and Resin Jewelry

Here is another pendant I made using the same technique.

Polymer clay and resin jewelry

Much more to come with clay and Sizzix.

Resin Rings With Plaid Ring Bling

Resin jewelry tutorialMake your own customized ring using Plaid Ring Bling bezels and ring forms.  These are simple, quick and inexpensive, and the possibilities are endless.  Follow along and you will have your own image immortalized in bling form in no time.


  • Plaid Ring Bling forms and bezels (I got mine a Joanne’s)
  • Magic Glos resin (shown in this tutorial), or Diamond Glaze, or Dimensional Magic
  • Glossy Accents
  • Image to place in bezel (I used a sheet of paper I stamped for the colorful background and ran through my inkjet printer for the words
  • Sunlight or UV curing lamp if using Magic Glos resinusing resin with inkjet images


  • Cut out your images to fit the bezels, and glue them into place using Glossy Accents inside the bezel.  Glossy accents by Inksentials
    making photo jewelry


  • Burnish image to make sure in is secure using a popsicle stick or toothpick.  Use your finger to spread the excess Glossy Accents over the top of the image.  If you need to add more to completely cover the top, do so.  This seals the paper and prevents the resin from discoloring it.  how to make your own photo jewelry
  • Let this dry completely before applying Magic Glos, otherwise the Glossy Accents will interfere with curing.  I use a heat tool to speed this up.  If you do not use a heat tool, about 20 minutes dry time will do.
  • Apply Magic Glos and cure under your UV lamp or in direct sunlight.  Magic glos jewelry
    Lisa Pavelka UV curing lamp

I use Lisa Pavelka’s 9 watt curing lamp, which works great for Magic Gloss.  My pieces cure in 10 minutes or less.

  • Now just glue the bezel with image and cured resin onto the ring form using E6000.  Let that dry and you are finished.  I love the bezel and ring form being separate so that the bezel is easier to set completely flat while the resin is curing.  It makes using the UV lamp way easier for making these rings. 
    Resin jewery

I am planning to make a ring using the Valentine’s Day sprinkles and resin I showed you a couple of weeks ago…

Valentine's day sprinkles jewelry


What have you submerged in resin lately?

UltraDome Epoxy Review

UltraDome UV epoxy resinI had the opportunity to try out UltraDome, a UV curing epoxy resin that can be used to create a gorgeous domed glass-like finish on your handmade jewelry creations.  It is no secret that I use the heck out of resin around here, and I am excited to share with you what I found in this gem of a product, and how it compares to the other UV curing resin I have used in several projects posted here, Lisa Pavelka’s Magic Glos.

I received this 2 ounce bottle with a separate applicator bottle and applicator tips.

UV jewelry resin epoxy

Owner of the UltraDome resin company, Terry Morris, let me know that this is the pro version of the dispensing bottle.  They were low on the normal glaze bottle so what I got is not standard.  I did notice the applicator bottle is available on UltraDome’s sister site,, for $4.99.  Here is the standard bottle you get, which is $12.50 for 2 ounces (compared to $9.99 for 1 ounce of magic glos).

UV jewelry resinFor my pendant image, I stamped all over a piece of white card stock using chalk, pigment and solvent inks in various layers.  Then I printed various words on the sheet using my inkjet printer.  I cut out the image area I liked to fit the pendant bezel and glued it to the bezel using Glossy Accents.  I also covered the top of the image with a layer of Glossy Accents, which is what I do when using any resin over paper.  I then applied Distress Stickles in wild honey around the perimeter of the image.

Here it is before I applied the UltraDome.  The blob of orange play-dough is how I keep the bezel level and stationary when I know I will be moving it (i.e. outside to cure in the sunlight).

Ultradome resin

Using the applicator bottle/tip I applied the resin like Terry shows in this instructional video…

I found the resin to be thinner than magic glos, and I was a little worried that it wouldn’t dome, a fear that was eliminated once I saw the finished result.  I did have an air bubble issue, which you can see here.

Resin jewelry tipsNormally, I just run my heat tool over the piece to get rid of air bubbles, no problem.  I tried that will little luck, and I was afraid the epoxy was going to blow out of the bezel since it is thinner than what I am use to.  The above video shows a torch, which I didn’t have, so i pulled each bubble out with a toothpick.

After 2 layers of the epoxy, curing in the sunlight for about 15 minutes each time, I love the finished piece – air bubble free, beautifully domed and crystal clear.

Resin jewelry tips


  • Considerably less expensive than Magic Glos
  • Easy to use
  • Does not shrink and pull away from the edges while curing like Magic Glos
  • One part, so no mixing
  • No toxic fumes
  • Works great over sealed stamped and inkjet images
  • Easily domes and fills in gaps in coverage on its own (this is in sharp contrast to Magic Glos, which stays where you  put it for the most part)


  • Stubborn air bubbles
  • Needs stronger lamp to cure than Magic Glos

All that said, I am sold.  I will be using this product as my UV resin from now on.  I wanted to test it before investing in a stronger lamp, which I will be looking into now that I know I love the resin. I have my eye on this 36 Watt curing oven for $69.99.  It has a removable tray so you can place it over your piece so that you don’t have to move it around with the uncured resin (bye bye play dough)!  Be sure and look around for the ever expanding line of bezels and jewelry supplies at while you are there.

I can’t wait to use this on polymer clay!  Cindy Lietz did so, and her review can be found here.  Sounds promising.

***Disclaimer:  I received a 2 ounce bottle of UltraDome, an applicator bottle and pendant bezel to test out this product.  My review is 100% what I believe.   You will love this epoxy.


Make Charms With Resin and Paper

how to make resin charm
No need for a bezel or pendant blank.  You can make charms with a simple paper shape and resin.  Here, I used my paper punch to get the shape of this orange courage charm, decorated it with word label and rub-ons, and layered Magic Glos resin.

How to make resin charmsTo hang, I just puched a hole in the top and added a jump ring.  I placed it on top of a paper tag wrapped in lace, with a burlap strip on top.  Add a key fob and some dangly pearl charms, and you have a gorgeous mixed media keychain.

mixed media resin jewelry

Glue Free, Drill Free Way to Hang Pendants

How to make a pendant bail

Making a wire wrap bail  is a decorative, inexpensive way to attach pendants that eliminates the need for messy glue-on bails and hole drilling.  The look is intricate and ornate, and can be achieved quite simply with a few basic jewelry supplies.  This is a perfect way to bail glass tile and domino pendants.


Supplies for wire wrapping pendant

How to wire wrap a pendant

making a pendant bail

How to make a pendant bail

How to attach domino pendant

Glass tile pendant bails

The wire isn’t shaped to the edges very well in the above demonstration.  Make sure to keep it snug against the piece, like it is holding the pendant together.

Glass tile pendant bails

How to make pendant bail

How to attach pendant to chain

Use pliers to tuck in the cut ends.  Sometimes I file them when they aren’t flush.

It is as simple as that.  Now add a jumpring and your pendant is ready to hang, with fancy pants wire work to boot…

Here is what it looks like on the back…

Glass tile pendant bails

Here, I used the wire wrap method on pre-drilled dominoes with horizontal holes.  It is the same process, but you take the wire to the back through the hole so the wire only frames the top and runs horizontally through the middle.

domino pendant tutorial

domino pendant tutorial

Glass tile pendant tips

attaching domino to necklace

Some 1 inch glass tiles wrapped…

Serenity Prayer Glass Tile Pendant

Spiritual Glass Tile Pendant

Now you are ready to practice your mad wire wrapping skills.  If you try this, share pictures.  I love seeing what you have done!

Triple Strand Beaded Domino Pendants

There is nothing quite like multiple strands of seed beads to compliment a special pendant.  I don’t usually take the time to bead, but these domino pendants inspired me to bust out my stash and get busy.  Fast forward 5 hours of stringing these tiny things and I have two finished pieces…’

Seed bead necklace

beading projects

Bead stringing necklace project

how to make seed bead necklace

It is a nice change from pairing pendants with a simple silver snake chain, which is what I normally do with dominoes.  I am not much of a jewelry designer, as far as putting together beaded strings with a focal pendant, but you can’t really go wrong with this simple triple strand design to display your focal.  Just drill a hole in your domino horizontally and string it like you would any other bead.  In my browsing, I found these gorgeous macrame beaded domino necklaces with instructions at Caravan Beads Blog.

domino pendant ideasI actually started the beaded macrame string, and about 2 inches into realized it was going to take way more time then I had to invest in a necklace at the present time.  It was, however,  pretty easy to pick up, and I am not familiar with macrame.  It would be a great project for a long road trip.

Now I am going to ask for your input.  What kind of necklace do you think would pair well with this piece?  I have some ideas, but I want to know yours.  If I go with your design, you may just find a domino pendant in your mailbox in the future, so don’t be shy.

Making Jewelry With Rub-on Transfers

How to make Glass Tile Pendants

It was a jewelry making weekend for this crafter, glass tile pendants and altered dominoes stealing the show.  Normally, I design images for my pendants and just adhere them as they are.  That all changed when I thought to incorporate the rub on transfers I picked up at Hobby Lobby recently.  I have used these things before, but in papercrafting, never jewelry.  The inspiration hit me because these particular images packs (by Prima) are irresistibly gorgeous , and just the right size for pendants.

Rub-on transfers in jewelry

Adding them to my pendant images was super easy.  Since the sheet they come on is transparent, I was able to move scroll over my printed pendant images to see what the transfer would look like before committing.  Once I decided what transfer I wanted where, I just cut it out and burnished it on as instructed.  I love the effect it gave my pieces.  Super easy, and 1.99 (originally 3.99) a pack at Hobby Lobby right now.

altered domino jewelry

This piece is a domino pendant that I did in layers, with the rub-on green butterfly as the top layer just under the resin.  I started by painting the domino with a coat of gesso.  Once dried, I mixed acrylic paints to get the soft blue/green background color and painted it on using a soft brush.  When that layer dried, I stamped with clear embossing ink using an handwriting script stamp.  I embossed the script using white embossing powder, rubbed on the butterfly transfer and coated with resin to finish.

Altered domino tutorial

I think the layer effect pops more with these rub-on transfers then when I layer in photoshop, and I get images I wouldn’t have come up with on my own digitally.

altered domino jewelryHere is another domino I did with vibrant pink leaves and a bird in a cage rub-on transfers.

resin jewelryThis bezel pendant uses the same background image (fearless) with a flower and butterfly transfer.

images for glass tile pendantsHere is a side by side comparison:  a pendant with the image I designed, printed and adhered, and another pendant with the same printed image, embellished with a red butterfly transfer.  I love how it refreshes my designs and how fun it is to layer with these.  I will be keeping my eyes peeled for jewelry sized rub-ons!