in a nutshell: here we're going to try to make jewelry and stuff by building it with cardboard and superglue, sanding it down, and then varnishing it to strengthen and waterproof it.

i started doing this mainly because i wanted to make pretty elaborate-looking pendants and stuff but i didn't have access to materials that people usually use for this (like sculpey, terracotta, resin, metal, etc. I'VE NEVER EVEN SEEN A BOTTLE OF MOD PODGE IN MY LIFE. what is mod podge? it sounds wondrous). also, those materials tend to be quite expensive for me, so i tried making pendants with stuff that i already have.


(oh and BTW, sorry if some of the steps don't have proper photos :)) i always forget to document)

Step 1: Materials

>>> cardboard (ideally illustration board and some folders)

i use illustration board for these because it's easily available here and it's very sturdy but easy to cut. in theory you can use chipboard too. the folders are for the details.

>>> cyanoacrylate superglue (like mighty bond)

>>> varnish

the one i used is labeled "plastic varnish" and is used for wood. the lightest tint that i can get is "natural" and it's yellowish but unless you lay it on thickly it wouldn't matter

>>> sandpaper of different grits

>>> craft cutter (and lots of spare blades!)

>>> acrylic paint

>>> tiny paintbrushes

>>> other things you might find useful:

white glue (like elmer's)
a big jar
a nipper
a sheet of carbon paper
a cutting board

>>> other things you might want to incorporate in the design, like:

glass pebbles
other beads
chains or cords
jump rings

<p>The green eye is outstanding. If you remember, please tell us where you obtained it.</p>
if you can check step 12 again, the pic on the right has the painted, waterproofed, but untrimmed piece of cardboard for the backing of the eye. hope this helps!
thank you! i didn't actually buy it like that. what i did was i took a colored glass pebble (aqua in this case). it should have a flat back. then, i took a little piece of cardboard and painted the iris pattern on it. i dunked the cardboard in varnish for waterproofing. i let it dry, then, i let globules of varnish drip on the surface of the pattern to form a little puddle. i then placed the pebble on top of the pattern and puddle and let it completely dry. varnish is an ok adhesive, actually. i carefully put some superglue on the edges just to be sure. i cut out the excess and there you go, instant dragon eye!
unfortunately I find this a little confusing do you have a video on how to do this I would love to make this
<p>i lost your link.. had to go through all the other 'ibles.. hahaha.. howdy? hamishu.. :D</p>
<p>these are stunning!</p>
<p>Amazing jewels and amazing 'structable. You have a great talent for this, I love these.</p>
<p>Wow. I'm deeply impressed by how you've overcome the limitation of available materials. Your work is really lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your process!! These are really cool</p>
<p>Simply wonderful... I really like the fantasy theme, and that last picture's piece is, I think, my favourite - but it's so hard to separate them!</p><p>If this 'Ible was entered in a competition, I'd definitely vote, in the certain belief it should win.</p><p>One thing I'd like to point out, if anyone has problems figuring out layers early on, Autodesk 123D has a 'slice' function, often used to print out similar layers - just tell it the thickness of your card and the orientation you want your slices in, and it'll print them all for you (with registration marks for correct placement). Your printer MIGHT be able to handle the thickness of card, otherwise you'd have to print onto paper, stick that to your card THEN cut each piece out... Of course, you'd need to create your piece in Autodesk first, but (as it is free) it might be a way for you to create practically identical pieces without silicone moulding, in order to sell them, to start affording silicone moulding materials and equipment.</p><p>I'm not sure if SketchUp has a 'slice' function or plugin, but I'm sure I could use its 'intersect with faces' function to the same effect - the problem would be making it print to scale.</p><p>Still, food for thought - I'll have to experiment...</p>
<p>Hey, Thanks karlpinturr for the Autodesk 123D suggestion. At first, I thought, &quot;what, buy some pricey software instead of doing it manually?&quot; and then I read the rest of your reply and saw that it was FREE. Perfect price, now if we can just figure out how to use the software...LOL :)</p>
You and me both - I much prefer SketchUp!
thank you so much for the nice feedback! are you an LOTR fan? it might interest you that the last one is supposed to be smaug and the black arrow that ~may or may not~ have killed him :)) and yeah i was supposed to enter this in the jewelry contest but they're not accepting entries from my country :(<br><br>i was supposed to suggest printing copies of the layout on some sticker paper to be stuck on the cardboard. and yeah, those are some really good suggestions on how 3d software can assist you in the process and save you some precious time 'cause man these things can kill time like HALE. thanks!
<p>That is frustrating that you can't enter comps. We Australians were in that situation before. I would suggest entering anyway and if you win, use an address of a friend in one of the accepted countries. </p>
oh snap. i should have thought of that!
Quick reply - thanks!<br><br>No, I'm not an LOTR fan - I OUGHT to be, but I never got past that first line of The Hobbit &quot;In a hole in the ground lived a Hobbit&quot; - Yuck! I've also never got into Harry Potter, though most people immediately think I resemble Hagrid. Personally, I like David &amp; Leigh Eddings' Belgariad and its surrounding series, along with a bit of R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf series amongst others (in the Fantasy genre, but I also like a good bit of Sci-Fi).
<p>Amazing art and jewelry from just cardboard and your imagination!!! Beautiful work and ingenious use of available material...I am truly in awe and embarrassed of all the pricey art material I have boughten over the years; thinking I needed the stuff instead of trying to make due with what I already had. Kudos to you and thank you for sharing your process. You have taught an old dog a new trick! ;)</p>
<p>Nice work. Sleek as hale.</p>
<p>Mod Podge isn't that great (There's not even a brush in the cap!) <br><br>But it really is just /just/ regular white glue that's diluted a bit. Get wood glue / PVA / Elmer's school glue and add water to make it thinner, and that's it - you have mod podge, you just don't have the bottle that it comes in (because that's all mod podge is)<br><br>But this is a great 'ible - I wouldn't have even thought about doing this layering technique by hand, and yet it looks so great! You've done a fantastic job here - you should sell them! :)</p>
<p>How beautiful is this! I don't have words to describe this wonderful work! Thanks for sharing this instructable with us.</p>
<p>This is so cool!!!! Looks great!<br>You could make a mold then cast a plastic version that way it's a little more sturdy. just an idear!</p>
<p>i've been thinking about that too, actually! that way i can also mass-produce the designs i liked. the only problem is... silicone for the mold is expensive :(( #alwaysbroke but yeah thanks for the suggestion, i'll think about it!</p>
<p>silicone made for molding is typically not cheap..... but silicone caulking is pretty inexpensive =D and it still has the ability to pick up tiny details. I've used silicone caulking to make molds before and it works great. I applied the silicone by hand to the piece being molded. Just mix up some soapy water, dip your hands in, and voila the silicone won't stick to you while you apply it to your pieces. </p><p>cheers, and good luck.</p>
ooooh this silicone caulk thing sounds really good. how do you make it not stick to the thing you're molding? i use soap as a lubricant for plaster casts. will that work with silicone caulk too?
<p>Here is an instructable on it:<br><br>https://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Silicone-Caulking-to-Make-Molds/</p>
ooooh this silicone caulk thing sounds really good. how do you make it not stick to the thing you're molding? i use soap as a lubricant for plaster casts. will that work with silicone caulk too?
<p>in my experience silicone really only sticks to silicone and not much else. it should peal off pretty easily. I just used the soap so the caulking would not stick to me while I did the application, but I suppose it would work on the actual pieces themselves too</p>
<p>If you can get hold of a circle cutter (just type it into Amazon, and look in 'Toys and Games', as that's where they keep their arts &amp; crafts stuff - much the same as for eBay), you can cut your circles and arcs more accurately and neatly. Try to get one with a knob (like this on Amazon UK: </p><p>http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jakar-compass-circle-cutter-blades/dp/B004JJSF8W/ref=sr_1_1?s=kids&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1401313684&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=circle+cutter</p><p>) to keep your blade in place, as those with sliding buttons(?) can tend to come adrift.</p>
<p>I'll be trying my hand at this. As soon as I saw the first Image I was in love with the design. When I found out you did this with glue and cardboard!?! Blown away.</p><p>So freaking cool!</p><p>I think I'll try with epoxy when I do mine, I think it absorbs and flexes, might help.</p>
<p>WOW! This has got to be one of the best instructables I've seen on here! <br>I like the possibilty of using recylcled materials with this... and it's for everyone and not for just people who have laser printers or a degree in electronics... !<br>Thanks!</p>
;___; thank you so much! that was very flattering :)) i'm glad you liked it!
<p>Great post! Keep up the good work! Kudos to your psychiatrist. Seriously though, you can get varnish but not Mod Podge? lol</p>
oh man, you won't believe how absolutely frustrating bookstores are here (yeap, bookstores, craft stores don't exist here afrigginpparently) :(( simple things like mason jars and craft wire and basic jewelry stuff like clasps and necklace chains... you have to go to the next city to buy stuff like that it's crazy
<p>Seems like you're doing very well with what you have available. That's as it should be. Keep it up!</p>
i will! thank you so much!
<p>WOW. I am just absolutely blown away... this is so creative, and so GOOD! I swear, I was looking at your intro photos trying to figure out what parts were cardboard- I thought you'd sculpted them with some sort of clay or epoxy. Great work!!<br><br>I've found that when doing paper mache, I end up with a surface that's almost as strong as wood! I can carve it, sand it, whatever, and it works up beautifully! Looks like you're doing a shortcut version of what I've been struggling with, and doing it much more easily than I have!<br><br>You have inspired me so much! Thanks for posting this!</p>
oh wow, thank you so much! i'm glad you got inspired by this :)) you're welcome!
<p>This is so cool. Are the pendants really hard, like wood? And did you make the stones too?</p>
thank you! if you use enough superglue, yeah they can be that hard :)) although some of the joints are still prone to breakage no matter how much superglue you put, but only if you really force them apart. i've had the glass stones for a long time (i used to collect them when i was young) but i did make the backing for them.
<p>If you used fibreglass resin I think the cardboard would absorb it and become super hard??? At least it did when I made armour for stage...</p>
oh yeah that's true! i only got to try that once tho, but it turned out nicely
<p>Wonderous, lady.</p><p>A helpfull tip, if you like.</p><p>Do look for super glue at some mechanical vehicle shops, <br>You get a better grade, cheaper, and in bigger tubs.<br>Ask for the kind thats used to glue o-rings together.</p><p>It sticks less to fingers, and more to stuff, its also flexable, witch very few super glues are.</p><p> If you want to break something thats supperglued, flex it.</p><p> Lastly, check my tutorial, to add to your repatoir of skills.</p><p>Ill certainly add yours to mine.</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Poor-mans-Rapid-Prototiping-Lets-build-a-IRobot-ke/</p>
<p>These are awesome!</p><p>In case you ever want to use Mod Podge, mix ordinary white glue 2:1 with warm water in a jar with a tight cap, and shake it well before using. :)</p>
<p>wow that is so amazing. I had no idea cardboard could be formed in this way. It would be nice to see a video of the sanding step as that looks to be the hardest part.</p>
<p>I don't have words to describe the beauty of your work. Thank you so much for sharing. </p>
<p>thank you so much! this means a lot to me, i love your instructables!</p>
<p>You are welcome :), Hope to see more awesomeness of yours :)</p>
<p>Those are amazing</p>
<p>Very nice job! I'm amazed at your attention to detail and I love what you have made! Keep up the good work!</p>
<p>These are fantastic! Very creative.</p>
<p>You are just.... So boss. #MindBlown</p>

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