Domino pendants!

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The thing with creative fun is that it can take you in unexpected places… this is certainly the case for me with my latest obsession: domino pendants.

It’s a pretty well travelled craft road, and Etsy is full of them – but the common factor is generally a certain level of naff.

But the domino is a really fab medium to make pendants. It’s a little canvas that is forgiving to most images due to size, yet it makes for an eye-popping and colourful accessory for all occasions!

I bought my first pendant on Etsy, unsurprisingly, a good few years ago. It was an illustration by my favourite Victorian cat anthropomorphist (not sure how many there are!) Louis Wain, depicting a cat contemplating his potential dinner in the form of sweet little birdies in a tree.

I loved it and wore it everywhere until – disaster! – it got lost in a fateful trip to the swimming pool.

I was bereft. I tried to contact the seller to ask him if he could make me another one, but no response. I couldn’t bear it. So the obvious imposed itself: I’d have to make my own. Cue intense internet searches on suitable images and methodology. Decoupage seemed to be the answer, with some form of protective layer. I’ll confess, this took some serious investigation but very happy to say I got what I wanted and made very much a carbon copy of my much loved lost pendant.

The end? Not quite. Having gone on this epic quest through pinterest, it struck me that these little beauties had a lot of potential. Especially when colliding with another obsessive collection of mine…

Have you ever collected matchboxes? Me neither. But it turns out that their labels include an infinitely rich array of beautiful designs, some simply exquisite, some quirky and whimsical and some totally bonkers. Many an hour of sleep has been lost perusing these treasures and lamenting their tiny size, disqualifying them instantly for much desired blown up prints.

But as pendants? Oooh, as pendants, they are glorious. Showcased, glossy and not a bad smell in sight.

And so the mad crafting began: collecting, curating, editing, collating and collaging, vitrifying and electrifying (maybe not), lo and behold! A full range was born.

Art deco mermaids, vintage geishas and Japanese wine totting cats, soviet space dogs, Mexican lottery cards, east European memorabilia, favourite singers, bands and actors, the domino pendants decline all my passions in a few square centimetres.

I have made MANY, but I literally have hundreds of designs, anything catching my eye being prepped for the rectangle treatment.

So there, in one post, the vagaries of the last few months.

You can see them on my Etsy shop karuski colours where there is but a small selection of them, or get in touch by emailing me at karuski@yahoo.com if you want to see more options. I’ll add a gallery here of designs as they develop.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!

And breathe…

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Karuski is the nom de pencil for me, Katherine Mengardon - I am a fan of all things 1960s, CAKES, obscure indie pop bands, children illustrations, bad puns and cats. Any spare time goes towards baking mad cakes, drawing families and catified musicians. Find me here too: http://www.pinterest.com/katmendo https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/karuskicolours https://www.facebook.com/Pateachoux https://www.facebook.com/KaruskisLittleShopOfColours www.karuski.co.uk

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