Tools and Materials You'll Need
- Bamboo tile bead (in my Etsy shop)
- Collage image sized to fit (with the above)
- Craft glue
- Gold leafing pen
- Sandpaper in medium to fine grit
- Tinted decoupage medium
2. Glue it to the bamboo bead. I like to glue the image to the not-so-pretty side of the bead.Apply glue (I used The Ultimate by Crafter's Pick) to the bead and burnish from the center of the image out. Press firmly to adhere the edges to the curved surface.
3. Sand the edges and rough up the image. I like to use a multi-grit foam nail sanding block from the beauty supply store. Sand away any unadhered paper around the edges, and very gently sand away "unimportant" parts of the image.
4. Color the sides with gold leafing pen. Carefully apply 18K gold leafing pen all the way up to the image. Let dry completely.
5. Apply and wipe off interference gold acrylic paint. This adds a transparent shimmer when the bead is turned in the light. Wipe the paint away from important parts of the image. You can use your fingers or a damp paper towel. Let dry.
6. Apply 2 coats of yellow tinted satin decoupage medium. This seals the leaf and helps protect the image, and it also adds depth and dreaminess to the antique-looking piece.