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DIY Agate Slice Wall Hook

May 27, 2014

I had originally created this set of agate slice wall hooks for my East Coast Creative contributor project back in February but I thought I'd share the tutorial with you today in case you missed seeing it on EC2's site :)



I started with 3 blue agate slices and 3 vintage school locker hooks:



I spray painted the hooks oil-rubbed bronze and let them dry:



While the hooks were drying, I started gold leafing the sides of my agate slices. I brushed a thin and even coat of gold leaf adhesive size (AKA glue) to the sides of each of my slices:



I set them aside and waited until the adhesive size had turned from milky white to clear:



I started applying the gold leaf sheets once the adhesive size was clear and tacky.



After the entire side of each slice was covered in gold leaf, I used some gold leaf scraps to touch up any spots where the gold leaf didn't stick the first time:



After I was finished, I turned my attention back towards the hooks.

Because the agate slices are a little see through, I wanted to make sure that the hook would be as invisible as possible. When I held the oil-rubbed bronze hook up against the back of the agate slice, I could see a dark shadow so I decided to paint the front top part white to minimize the shadow effect.



After the paint was dry, I broke out some epoxy so I could attach the hook to the back of the agate slice:



I followed the instructions on the back of the packaging and started mixing equal epoxy parts together:



Epoxy hardens super quick so I had to move fast when I was applying the epoxy to each hook and therefore have no photos. Basically I applied a small amount to the white painted portion of the hooks and placed them onto the backs of the agate slices and then I used a hand clamp to hold everything together.



Note: I used a hand clamp instead of a spring clamp because I was worried that a spring clamp would apply too much pressure to the agate slice and end up breaking it. With the hand clamp, I could control how much pressure was added to the slice to ensure it wouldn't break.

I kept each slice clamped for 6 hours even though the epoxy said it would cure in an hour. Better safe than sorry!



I waited until the next day to apply a D-ring to the back of each agate slice. I mixed up some more epoxy and added a small amount to the back of each D-ring.



I eyeballed their placement and let them set up for about 5 minutes:



I clamped them together for about 3 hours:



I was really worried that the epoxy was going to seep out the hole and cause the clamp to become bonded to the D-ring but thankfully that didn't happen!

I know I'm biased but I love them!



I think they'd look great in a closet holding a few pieces of jewelry:





I don't know how much weight the hooks can hold so I'd recommend only using them to hold lighter items like jewelry, scarves, keys, a tea towel in a kitchen, or maybe a hand towel in a bathroom.



You can't see the gold leafed edges from the front so they're a fun little surprise when you look at the hooks from the side:










I love the druzy center :)



Could you see yourself hanging an agate slice wall hook in your home? What would you hang from it?

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11 comments :

  1. i love how these look! i might need to make some!

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  2. Looks great! Totally wish I wasnt doing the whole selling all my stuff and traveling thing. Or this would be all over my house!

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  3. They are so beautiful. I love that blue color! Great tutorial!

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  4. I'll never tire of seeing those beautiful blue slices!! Thanks for sharing over here!

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  5. Oh yes! I remember these and of course I love them!!!! xo Kristin

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  6. Seeing your arrows above them really makes me want to hang those beautiful hooks into my cross hallway. So pretty

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  7. These are gorgeous! The gold leaf edge is perfect!

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