I have been noticing for some time that gold and gold tone jewelry is gaining in popularity especially among younger folk.  That was also observable when I wrote about the jewelry category in this year's Etsy Design Awards recently

TierraCast, the US company which makes beautiful pewter charms and findings also offers gold plated designs.  I was indeed charmed when I received their hammered gold findings collection for review. They are a wholesale company but you can purchase their findings from various vendors

I've always been intrigued with gold leaf (foil, flakes) so I decided to use it for this tutorial.  I experimented with several sizes of double holed discs to see which went well with Tierracast's round hammered gold rings. 

I sanded, then painted my wood selections with black acrylic paint. See (How to Sand, Stain, Paint and Seal Laser Cut Jewelry Designs).

I didn't use real gold leaf just the imitation variety!  The feather-light gold leaf which I had was flake like. I found it best to brush some Mod Podge's water based satin sealer onto the wood.  Then a second fluffy brush to pick up some flakes.  It is a bit tricky but I tried to place the gold flakes onto the glue without letting the brush touch.  I was not always successful!

As I wanted the black to show, I didn't fully gild the wood discs. I just pressed down the flakes.  I added more glue and/or flakes as necessary.  I let that dry before added 2-3 more layers of Mod Podge. 

All there was left to do was to add jump rings to connect the round findings and the chain. Viola!

Photography I used  my iPhone 8+ for final product photography in natural light. I used  the Orangemonkie studio which comes equipped with LED lights - for artificial light photography in my windowless basement studio. The Foldio2 Plus is excellent . I use the Foldio3 because I need the room for tutorial photography.  

My online class Easy Guide to Smartphone Jewelry Photography is now available. Read more about it here.  

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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM