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Stamped mandala pendant with tassel

Stamp and dome a round metal blank, and add a swingy tassel for a modern mandala pendant. 

pendant 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) with 5-in. (13 cm) tassel

 SUPPLIES

  • ImpressArt stamping supplies
    • 1 1/2-in. (3.8 cm) stamping blank (Alkemé)
    • custom mandala stamps or other stamps
    • heart chakra design stamp
    • stamp guides
    • metal stamping hammer
    • enamel marker
    • wood dapping block and punches
    • hole punch tool
    • steel bench block
  • paper towel or polishing cloth
  • 1 4 mm jump ring
  • 1 6 mm jump ring
  • 1 8 mm jump ring
  • 1 large-hole bead or metal tube slider
  • 40 yd. (36.5 m) Tuff Cord, size 1, teal
  • 5 x 5 in. (13 x 13 cm) piece of cardboard
  • scissors
  • embroidery needle
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, bentnose, and/or flatnose pliers


INSTRUCTIONS

STAMP AND DOME

1. Place your stamping blank in the center of the steel bench block, and center the circular pattern grid stamp guide over the blank (PHOTO A).

2. Center the heart chakra design stamp on the blank, making sure the ImpressArt logo is facing you. This will ensure that the design will be oriented correctly. Using a stamping hammer, strike the stamp once with medium force (PHOTO B).
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo A
PHOTO A
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo B
PHOTO B
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo C
PHOTO C
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo D
PHOTO D

3. Working from the inside out, create a design with mandala stamps. Use the grid as a guide and follow these suggestions, or develop your own look!


Round 1: Six leaf stamps (PHOTO C). (The stamp shown is a custom stamp, but you can create a similar look by using the ImpressArt large leaf stamp).

Round 2: Curved wishbones, placed between the leaves in the previous round (PHOTO D).

Round 3: Large leaves, placed between the wishbones in the previous round (PHOTO E).

Round 4: Triple leaf stamps positioned at the tips of the wishbones (PHOTO F).

Round 5: Add small teardrops inside the wishbones (PHOTO G).

Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo E
PHOTO E
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo F
PHOTO F
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo G
PHOTO G
4. Drop your disk into the largest cavity of the dapping block, stamped side down. Center the dapping punch on the block, and strike several times. Move in a circular motion, to dome the metal (PHOTO H).

5. Once the blank is completely domed, color the impressions with the enamel marker (PHOTO I). Allow the enamel to dry for a few minutes, and wipe off the excess with a paper towel or polishing cloth.

6. Use a hole punch tool to make holes on opposite sides, about 1 mm from the edge.
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo H
PHOTO H
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel Photo I
PHOTO I
Stamped mandala pendant with tassel long view
TASSEL AND FINISHING

The tassel pictured is from the Sally Roesler Collection, a wholesale jewelry supply website. Use one of these or make your own:

1. Wrap the Tuff Cord around the piece of cardboard about 140 times. Keep the wraps neat and even and do not wrap too tightly or you won’t be able to remove the fiber from the cardboard. At one end of the cardboard form, tie the ends of the cord together with square knot.

2. Open an 8 mm jump ring, slide it through the bundle, and close the jump ring. Carefully slide the bundle off of the cardboard form, and position the jump ring opposite the square knot.

3. With 1 yd. (.9 m) of cord, wrap the bundle tightly just below the jump ring as many times as possible, or until you are pleased with the size and look of the binding. Keep your wraps neat and even.

4. Thread a needle onto one end of the binding cord, and pass it under the wraps, exiting the other side. Repeat with the other tail.

5. Slide a large-hole bead or metal tube slider onto the cords, positioning it just below the wraps.

6. Cut the loop at the bottom of the bundle to turn it into a tassel. Trim the ends as desired to even them out.

7. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and attach it to the 8 mm jump ring and one hole of the pendant.

8. Attach a 6 mm jump ring to the other hole of the pendant. 

9. String your pendant as desired.


ADD INTEREST TO YOUR PENDANT

Stitch a pretty beaded bezel arond the edges of your domed mandala. In this free Facet video, Julia Gerlach shows you how!

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