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August 15, 2011

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Repurpose a Money Clip into a Cute {ombre} Jewelry Slide

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Madigan made...  a recycled paint chip pendant with resin-like decoupage.

Recently overheard in our home:

Hubby: "Hey, I don't use this money clip anymore. I was going to donate it. Do you want to use it for something?"

Me: "Um... do I need to answer that? Yes!"

Sigh. Isn't he good? My husband knows me all to well!

When he handed me this money clip a couple months ago... I was unsure exactly what I'd do with it. But I hung onto it knowing there was potential.
Then I started to play with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (DM) and recently made a business card holder and cute tape measure.

I knew DM could look neat on this money clip. It took me a little time to figure out that I could use it as a jewelry slide... but it totally works!

If you follow me on Pinterest and checked out this pin board, you know that I've been a little bit inspired by ombre lately.

Supposedly, ombre patterns are a recent trend in the fashion world and the trend is spilling into the home decor arena. But I say that crafty DIY bloggers were on this idea waaaay before the fashion world caught up!
Think about it... bloggers have been doing fun crafts with paint chips for a looong time. And the gradation color change you see on paint chips is basically an ombre pattern!

Whoever inspired the trend, it does not matter... I love the look and it was a simple way to decorate this clip-turned-pendant!

To make the ombre pattern, I raided my scrapbook paper stash and found shades that worked together.

I cut out strips of paper and layered them onto the money clip using regular Mod Podge. I started from the "bottom" of the flat side of the money clip and worked my way up.

After that dried, I used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and outlined the paper strips and filled it in with the glue. I left some of the metal peeking out at the bottom and covered that, too.
If you are not familiar with this DM rocks! It is like a glue that goes on cloudy and dries clear with a resin-like appearance. (And no, they are not paying me to say this... I just love this stuff!)

The very last strip of paper at the top was wider than the others and I knew that area 'needed something.'  I grabbed a small silver brad, snipped the tabs off the back and dropped it into the DM glue. It was the perfect little accent and tied in the silver color of the metal clip.

After the glue dried, I was so happy with the result. The "slide" works with a few of the necklaces I already own. A silver herringbone necklace is a great weight with the pendant.

I have an orange beaded macrame necklace that I picked up at a flea market a few years ago (pictured at the top of this post). The ombre slide looks great against that piece, too.

And if you like ombre... I strongly suggest you stick around for other posts this week. I have a few other ombre ideas to show you. If you followed me on Facebook or Twitter last week, you already might know the nature of these projects. ::wink::

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P.S. Thanks so much for everyone's supportive comments yesterday about my post on blog giveaways! It meant a lot to hear it from you!