May 27, 2014

DIY Agate Slice Wall Hook

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

  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!

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

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

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

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

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


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