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DIY Metallic Gold Animal Pendant

Updated on September 24, 2013

Give Retro Toys the Midas Touch

metallic gold lion pendant
metallic gold lion pendant
I found my paint in the hobby section of a local craft store. Look for the stuff used to paint models - it's inexpensive and perfect for this type of surface.
I found my paint in the hobby section of a local craft store. Look for the stuff used to paint models - it's inexpensive and perfect for this type of surface.

How it all began

While treasure-hunting through a local thrift shop recently, I came upon a baggy full of plastic toy animals. The sad little lions, tigers and bears got me thinking ... this tiny menagerie needed a new home. I've been obsessed with gold lately (who hasn't?) and anxious to use a recently purchased bottle of metallic gold enamel paint.

And so I decided to turn these kiddie trinkets into big-girl treasure - the kind you can wear.

Plastic toy animals
Plastic toy animals

Easy prep

A gold lion sounded nice and fierce, so I chose this guy. I began by giving him a little scrub-down with soap and water, since clean surfaces work best when painting.

This little yellow lion gets a chic update
This little yellow lion gets a chic update

Time to paint

I gave my bottle of paint a good shake, then began applying it with a little craft paint brush I had lying around. The gold went on beautifully, with no need for a second coat.

Be sure to allow a couple of hours to dry - I got anxious and smeared mine when I picked it up too soon. Probably why my manicures always look the way they do . . .

The hardware

I'm lacking in the jewelry-making supply department, so I took a simple approach here. I had some gold wire on hand, and I like the look of wire-wrapped pendants. I wound the wire tightly around the lion's midsection, and then secured him to an old gold-colored necklace I had lying around.

And just like that I have a fun new piece of jewelry, ripe for the layering!

Metallic gold lion necklace
Metallic gold lion necklace
My new gold necklace, once a forgotten second-hand toy ...
My new gold necklace, once a forgotten second-hand toy ...

As for the rest of the little zoo . . . maybe I'll get them painted in time to decorate my Christmas tree! I'll keep you posted.


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    • SouthernHoney profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Woodinville, WA

      Thanks purl3agony - I had fun with this hub :)


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      Donna Herron 

      5 years ago from USA

      Wow, your pendant came out great! Very clever of you and surprisingly easy. Thanks for sharing!!


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