My Decal Penny Pendants project has become one of the all-time most popular posts on JSIM. To extend that project a bit further, I thought creating pet memory pendant charms would be really lovely.I still had our late dogs’ tags tucked even after 10 years, I guess you just don’t throw those sweet little things away.
Based on the instructions of the Decal Penny Pendant project HERE, I made various charms today. Look for vintage decals in antique shops, or shop Ebay, Etsy, RubyLane even Amazon.com using keywords such as: vintage decals, Meyercord decals, flower decals, water-slide decals, etc. The trick to finding vintage ones is patience, they list all the time. You can even use vintage porcelain decals and decals made for dollhouses.
I keep a tiny salt spoon handy to use with my Amazing Glaze Enameling Resin, which also comes in bulk. I love how you can turn something as simple as a dog tag and decal into something so precious. This one was made in memory of Isabeau.And this one in memory of Annie.I think these would make such thoughtful gifts for someone who has lost a pet.
I also had some vintage tool-check tags picked up at flea markets which also made pretty pendant charms. You can find lots of old brass tags on Etsy, too. If they are tarnished, you can easily shine them up with fine-grit sandpaper. Patina remains in the stamped areas nicely.You can color the stamped areas by spray-painting the tag and later sanding away the surface, leaving the color within the stamped numbers and letters. While I was baking the charms, I made a little accent piece with a penny and Martha Stewart Glitter.For this tag, I used a patriot image from a set of vintage miniature dollhouse-decor decals. You can even pretty-up other nostalgic bobbles like the key to your first home.I bought a very inexpensive toaster oven to keep in my studio just for crafting with Amazing Glaze and Inkjet Shrinky Dinks. When you have the supplies on hand, whipping out fun projects like these are super easy and fast.