Although it remains a mystery, it could be the skeleton key was so named because its resemblance to a skeletal figure with the circle at the top resembling a skull. Skeleton keys adorned with rhinestones make great pendants. Rather than buy a replica, why not make your own.
For this project I used:
Plastic mold (actually I used a plastic form found in daughter’s room while cleaning)
Premo Sculpey clay - Antique Gold
12ss Crystal Rhinestones
Various shaped clay cutters
Tweezers or wax tipped tool
Press the clay into the forms. Gently remove the keys, reshaping as needed. Using clay cutters, cut out circles or heart shapes from the top circle of the key. Place on a piece of white paper on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 275 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Using black acrylic craft paint that has been thinned with water, paint the sides and grooves of the keys to give it a more antique look. Allow paint to dry completely.
When the paint is dry, place a drop of Gem Tac on the key and press a rhinestone into the glue using tweezers or a wax tipped tool. Continue gluing rhinestones until you key is embellished. Allow to dry 24 hours.
Unlock your sparkle every time your where this gorgeous pendant!
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I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.