Splattered Paint Pendants




About: Industrial Design student at Eindhoven University of Technology

A while ago, I took a square sheet of paper and my watercolors. For some strange reason, I started to splatter the paint on the paper, creating a unique look. The inspiration for this pendant came when I found that paper again. First, I wanted to make a lot of squares like that and cut out the shapes needed for the pendant, but then I thought why don't splatter it on the pendant immediately! If you are looking for a reason to make a mess with paint, I'd recommend you keep reading :)

I'm really happy with how these pendants turned out and making them was so much fun! I hope you like it as well :D

Step 1: Materials

To make splattered paint pendants (and to protect your desk), you will need the following:

  • clear drying glue
  • water
  • watercolours
  • brush
  • A4 paper, I started with three sheets, but added a fourth later.
  • thick paper
  • a round object the size you want your pendant to be
  • sharp object to make a hole, you could also use a nail and a hammer
  • a pencil
  • a pencil sharpener as shown in step 8
  • jump rings
  • a necklace

Step 2: Draw and Cut the Circles

Take your round object and trace the outside of it to draw a circle. To make one pendant, you will need 8 circles of thick paper, when using regular paper it will take more of course. Cut all eight of them out.

Step 3: Glue!

This step is pretty simple, just take your glue and the eight paper circles and glue them on each other.

Step 4: Time to Paint

Start by making the set-up to protect your desk. The first picture might seem to be in the wrong place, but it's the only picture I have that shows the fourth paper as well.

Put some water on you brush and mix it with the colour you want to use, just as you would do when painting with this kind of paint. The only difference is that you should try to get the paint both colourful and still as liquid as possible. When you don't use enough water it will be harder to get it off your brush, when you use too much, the coloured spots won't look that bright, especially not when dried.

When it comes to the painting itself, it's best to try a few different techniques. Some will give you large drops of water, others will give really small drops.

Step 5: More Paint

When your first colour has dried, it's time to add your next colour. Always be sure the paint is dried before painting the next colour, otherwise they will run over in each other.

Step 6: After the Splattering

Basically these pictures show the result of adding the paint on both pendant as paper.

Step 7: Top the Pendant

To seal the paint and make the pendant look fancy, you will need to add a top layer.

You can easily create this layer using clear drying glue and pouring it over the dried pendant. The first image is the *before* picture, after that comes the video to show you how I added the glue to the pendant and the last image shows how it looks directly afterwards (Not dried yet).

Step 8: Make a Hole

*Note: ALWAYS be careful when using something sharp, you don't want to hurt yourself*

Place your pendant on the pencil sharpener. This way you will be able to use the force needed to get through the pendant, without risking to damage your desk. Use the sharp object to make a hole, depending on what you are using for this, your way to do this may or may not be different from the steps shown here.

Step 9: Adding Rings

Take one of the jump rings and open it. Add it to the pendant and close it again. I also added two more rings before adding it to the necklace.

Step 10: Done!

And that's it! I made some other ones as well, using different colours to give them a different look.

I hope you liked this instructable, if you did I would love to know :D

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    23 Discussions


    3 years ago

    after you do this, you should take the paper that you splattered on and frame it, cause it looks kinda cool with the one circle in the middle unpainted. I dunno, maybe I'm just weird.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Well, I didn't use that piece of paper, but before making this pendant I experimented with the technique and that piece is actually framed and hanging on my wall ; )


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is soooo cool and original, the splattered effect on this pendant is a astounding idea. Voted! :-)

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    5 years ago

    Wow! These are so cute! It looks awesome. But instead of using so much paper, you could have just used a piece of cardboard and stick pieces of TP to it within a mixture of glue and water. This makes it rock hard. Just remember to make the hole before the coating. While coating, remember to go around the hole because it's practically impossible to do it later.

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    Thank you! Thanks for the suggestion :) I personally prefer paper, since it's easier to cut in the right shape. Also, when using paper with the thickness that I used, 8 layers is all you need :)

    Tarun Upadhyaya

    5 years ago

    Wow.. what a beautiful pendant. Great Idea Emily :). The paper used for protecting your desk must be looking like a modern art. Any thought to reuse it.

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    Thanks Tarun! It is indeed. I don't know what I'm going to do with them yet, but I still have them :) Maybe I should wait for that Cuttlebug to arrive first :D