Monday, June 17, 2019

Galaxy Pendants - Super Cheap and Super Easy

If you need a quick, easy and super inexpensive craft program for the "A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading Program, or just for a day when you don't have many ideas or a big budget, I recommend "galaxy pendants." I've been making these for a long time, and even occasionally sell a few on Etsy here and there. The teens love them and every one that you make will be just a little bit different. Also, they're super pretty!
(In this post I talk about making pendants, but the cabochons can be used for all sorts of things other than necklaces including rings, bracelets and hair accessories).

Sample finished pendants.

What you will need:
Large clear glass cabochons (you can find them at dollar stores, craft stores and sometimes even pet stores.
Any kind of cheap nail polish, but especially ones with glitter, as well as shimmery ones. It's also a good idea to have at least one bottle of plain black and one bottle of plain white polish.
Necklace bails (can be bought in bulk from Amazon, I purchased these: Bails)
Some type of necklace cording (these are the ones I purchased: Cord)
A bottle of super glue or jewelry glue (be advised, Super Glue dries much faster)
Optional - a jar of Mod Podge

To make them:
Start by painting the flat side of the cabochon with your largest glitter. The more layers you add the more the glitter will show up, obviously, but it will also take progressively longer to dry.
Make sure each layer of nail polish is completely dry before adding the next.
Glitter polish with smaller glitter pieces can be layered on after the big glittery pieces.
Then move on to colored polish without glitter.
The very last layer of polish should be your darkest color (or the white, if you have it) to give a flat background and make the glitter pop.
Once the polish is dry, you can seal it all with a layer of mod podge  - this will make the polish last pretty much forever and prevent chipping.
When all your layers are completely dry, attach the bail with super glue and thread through your cord.

Make sure you do this program in a well ventilated space to avoid getting woozy from the polish fumes!

Teens creating their own pendants. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Book Review: Betrothed

The choice: have sex with a guy you just met, or fight that same guy to the death. Either way, your choice will decide the fate of the entire universe.
This is the premise of Sean Lewis' and Steve Uy's Betrothed a terrific new graphic novel series.
Kieron and Tamara are the cursed couple: the only orphans at their school, they have known each other since they were kids, but don't really KNOW each other. Then one day, just before they both turn 18, Tamara starts having weird feelings towards Kieron - a mix between wanting to jump his bones and tear his spine out through his mouth type feelings.
As it turns out, neither Kieron nor Tamara realize they are actually the figureheads of two warring alien races. Kieron's people are a little more earthy and fight with weapons like swords while Tamara's are ultra high tech and sport fancy guns and power suits. Also, the fate of both of their races totally hang on the two teenagers, since they have been betrothed since before their birth, and they need to decide to either consummate their betrothal (thus ending centuries of war) or battle it out Mad Max style to the death - winner take both kingdoms.
Of course everyone around them has their own agenda. Kieron's people want them to bang in the name of peace, Tamara's people want blood, and there are double agents on each side with their own agenda. Tamara is just pissed no one asked her what she wanted, and Kieron pretty much wants to get laid.
It's a fun and promising start to what could end up being a very good series. 4.5 bookmarks!