How to Make a Domino Art Pendant

Transfer an image onto a vintage domino piece to create a trendy art pendant.
hclvr242_1final

hclvr242_1final

Materials and Tools:

vintage domino
320-grit and 400-grit sandpaper
drill
gloss acrylic spray
inkjet decal transfer paper
acrylic paint: green, brown, flesh color, blue
maple wood
bowl of warm water
paintbrushes
foam brush
computer and image editing program
inkjet printer
digital camera
silver leafing pen
leather cord
accent bead
end connectors
jump rings or o-rings
lobster clasp
jewelry pliers
ruler
1/8" hole punch
bead reamer
heat embossing tool
transparent tape
polyurethane
razor blade
scissors
pencil

Steps:

  1. Draw an image onto a piece of maple wood.
  2. Paint the image using acrylic paints. 
  3. Photograph the finished image with a digital camera.
  4. Resize the image using computer image editing software to 2" x 1" and print the image onto decal transfer paper. Print several images on the paper in case one becomes torn in the transfer process.
  5. Spray three even coats of high-gloss acrylic spray onto the transfer sheet allowing each layer to dry before applying another coat.
  6. Mark the middle of the back side (numbered side) of the domino for drilling a hole to place the necklace cord.
  7. Score the marked area on the domino with a razor blade. Drill the hole.
  8. Sand the solid front and sides of the domino with 320-grit sand paper and resand with 400-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish.
  9. Spray the unnumbered side of the domino with one light coat of acrylic gloss spray. Let dry.
  10. Cut out the transfer image and slightly round the corners to match the rounded corners of the domino.
  11. Place the image onto the domino and mark the hole in the image to correspond with the drilled hole in the domino. Hole punch the image using a hole punch.
  12. Dip the transfer image into warm water for 60 seconds.
  13. Slide the transfer onto the domino. Remove air bubbles with your finger. Use a paper towel to press the image down and remove excess water. Using your finger in a rolling motion, go around the edges and over the entire image to make sure it is secure on the domino.
  14. Let the image dry for about an hour.
  15. Tape the side edge of the domino.
  16. Go around the domino and image with a silver leafing pen.
  17. Heat-emboss the silver leafing to speed up drying. Remove the tape.
  18. Spray the domino with a few coats of acrylic spray. Let dry.
  19. Apply even coats of polyurethane with a foam brush, allowing each coat to dry before applying another until satisfied with the finish.
  20. Cut the desired length of leather cord and string it through the drilled hole in the domino. Slide an accent bead down over the leather cord.
  21. Using jewelry pliers attach two end connectors (one for each end of the leather).
  22. Attach two split jump rings (one for each end connector) and one lobster clasp.

Kelly Smith, Rising Sun, Md.
Website: outsidetheboxart.com

Keep Reading

Next Up

Kids' Craft: Make a Candy Cane Mouse

Handmade sleeves or holders for candy canes have been around for generations. This sweet throwback holiday craft is quick, easy and fun for kids of all ages to make using just felt and glue.

Kids' Craft: Make a Pom-Pom Christmas Garland

Kids love seeing their handmade ornaments and decorations used at Christmas. This colorful yarn garland is fun and easy to make for kids of all ages, making it an ideal family craft.

How to Make a Cat Condo

Use everyday items to build a fancy cat post with baskets.

How to Make an Ice Lantern

Use winter's frosty temps to your advantage when decorating your home's outdoors for the holidays. These ice lanterns are pretty, festive and just require water, plastic containers and a chill in the air.

How to Make Rolled Paper Roses

Paper flowers fashioned from old book pages, newspaper or brown Kraft paper are a frugal alternative to store-bought ribbons and bows.

How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit

Create a cozy space for outdoor entertaining with a stone fire pit.

How to Make a Wood Cutting Board

Woodworking projects can be intimidating, but this project is actually easier than you may think. With basic shop materials and dense hardwood, which is the best wood for cutting boards, you'll be able to create a chef-worthy chopping accessory that any foodie would love.

How to Make a Boxwood Christmas Wreath

Why settle for plastic evergreen wreaths or natural greens that will dry out in a few weeks? Make a preserved boxwood wreath that will keep its good looks throughout the holidays and beyond.

How to Make Mercury Glass Votives

Transform inexpensive glass votives and hurricanes into faux "mercury glass" candle holders using silver and gold leaf. These chic, handmade accessories will bring a little shine to any Christmas arrangement.

How to Make Giant Christmas Ornaments

Light up your exterior entryway with these fun and festive oversized ornaments.

On TV

Flea Market Flip

10:30am | 9:30c
11:30am | 10:30c

Flea Market Flip

12:30pm | 11:30c

Flea Market Flip

1:30pm | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30pm | 2:30c

House Hunters

4:30pm | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

House Hunters

6:30pm | 5:30c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Hawaii Life

8pm | 7c

Hawaii Life

8:30pm | 7:30c

Beach Hunters

9:30pm | 8:30c

Island Life

10pm | 9c

Island Life

10:30pm | 9:30c
11pm | 10c

Caribbean Life

11:30pm | 10:30c

Beach Hunters

12am | 11c

Beach Hunters

12:30am | 11:30c

Island Life

1am | 12c

Island Life

1:30am | 12:30c
2am | 1c

Caribbean Life

2:30am | 1:30c

Hawaii Life

3am | 2c

Hawaii Life

3:30am | 2:30c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.