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Kholrabi Kitten & Friends

About this design:

These are 3 of the first 5 resin pendants I've made with mini collages, set in MOP rectangular bead frames. Because I was preparing for the show I'm in this weekend (Flower & Garden), all have flower/fruit/vegetable themes.

Second picture: the trio:
1. Kohlrabi Kitten
2. Ever-Hopeful
3. Inner Peas

Third picture: the reverse sides (not in same order as in #2, sorry).


Collages, Resin (LB), MOP, seedbeads, magnetic clasps. It was easier than I'd imagined. The resin worked like a charm!

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Find images in old magazines and catalogs; cut out and trim images; arrange.

ALSO: Use one of the 2 holes (on the short ends) in the rectangular MOP bead to insert an headpin (from the inside) and make a wrapped loop. This will now be the top of the pendant. if you want to put dangles off the bottom of the pendant, make a 2nd wrapped loop using the hole on the opposite side of the MOP rectangle.
Step 2:
Glue onto cardstock backing (don't let the white background show!). I use glue stix or Modpodge as the adhesive. Let dry under wieght.

Note: I don't worry if there is overlap compared to the frame at this point.
Step 3:
Coat top of collage with a thin layer of Modpodge; lay MOP frame on top; let dry.
Step 4:
Add a second layer of Modpodge, making sure there is plenty in the inner corners and sides., and the hole you didn't use for the wrapped loop in step 1 (so the resin won't leak out). Let dry
Step 5:
Trim collage so edges are flush with frame outer edges.
Step 6:
Apply resin to pendant according to package directions; let harden.
Step 7:
Glue backing sheet to reverse side of pendant with Modpodge; cover it with 2 layers of modpodge, letting dry between layers. Also apply Modpodge to outer edges and let dry.
Step 8:
String as desired.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Sweet!! :-D

  2. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    These are cute, did you make the frames from beads?? good luck on the show.

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Eeka, these are amazing! Such wonderful resin pendants and the necklaces are perfect with them! :D

    So glad to hear you recommend the resin kit by LB! :D

    Wishing you tons of luck with your show this weekend!!! :D

  4. Orchid Betty
    Orchid Betty says:


  5. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    These are lovely … hope you do well in the show.

  6. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Mary, these are fabulous! Love them all! Best of luck at your upcoming show! :D

  7. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    These are so clever and pretty.

  8. No Photo
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    These are lovely!

  9. 4HisGloryCreationsbyCJ
    4HisGloryCreationsbyCJ says:

    These are amazing! wishing you lot’s of blessings from your up coming show!

  10. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the name for the kitten. Very unique designs. :)

  11. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I’m glad you liked them! Lynn G, I used hollow rectangular MOP beads I found; I’ve added detailed instructions to this post. Let me know if you have any questions.

    On silly customer got upset when I told her she couldn’t slide out the cat picture and insert one of her cat; was not mollified when I offered to make a whole new collage featuring her cat….

  12. Pam E aka funky tulip
    Pam E aka funky tulip says:

    these are so fun! and you just can’t please some people….

  13. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Wow, Mary, these are great!! I especially love the Buddha one :) So I see you had no trouble at all with the resin!

  14. Beth Law
    Beth Law says:

    Such a neat idea! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Violet
    Violet says:

    These are great… you did such a good job !!!!!
    How did the show go? Hope you sold alot !!!

  16. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Thank you all for all your kind words. they have cheered me up, since none of the floral- and garden-themed pieces I made sold :( Despite several people recommending this show to me for years, it turned out not to be a good show for selling jewelry.

  17. Violet
    Violet says:

    I am so sorry you did not have a good show…. what kind of a show was it?
    How many vendors? Was there commercial stuff there too? It really makes a difference on the venue, and what else is sold, the area, etc….
    Please don’t be discouraged… your designs are wonderful… you just have to find better places to sell…

  18. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Thanks, Violet. I know I shouldn’t let it bother me, but I haven’t ended up ‘in the red’ for a long, long time.
    To answer your question, there were a number of other jewelers there (including a couple of cheapo buy-sell folks), and it turns out, I was the last jewelry booth customers would see, based on travel patterns. I heard a lot of “What?! not MORE jewelry!” comments.
    Also, several of the venue’s overhead lights were burned out in the corner I was in, so even though I had lights on my tables, the general area was uninviting.
    My sympathies to you for being out your entire booth fee for that rained out show… that’s worse, monetarily!

  19. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is very sweet. I love it.

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