Intaglio jewelry tutorial with Cricut

I’m Maggie Lamarre and very excited to be sharing an easy way to create jewelry with pieces you already have on hand. This technique is call Intaglio, it has been around since the 1430’s, you can find more information about Intaglio here

Many of us have pieces of jewelry that has not been worn or are missing pieces. This week take them out and give them a new life with this easy step by step tutorial below.

One of my favorite things is to incorporate recycling items in my craft, for the pendant I use cereal boxes, you can use any cardbox for this tutorial. Using the Cricut cartridges to select a frame.

Let’s begin!


Heat gun, Utee in any colour except clean, Acrylic paint, brush, Stamp Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology, Iridescent medium, Jump ring, necklaces, Jewelry findings. Cricut Expression, Cake basic cartridge, gypsy, cereal box cut out, UTEE, Clear embossing ink.


Cut 6 1″ small oval frame from Cake basic on the Cricut Machine, or use any punches you own.

coat 3 of the frame w/modpodge layer the other 3 to create a sturdy frame.

Paint the frame with chosen colour, use a heat gun to speed the drying time.


Use any Utee except for clear.

Coat  the frames w/clear embossing ink, Utee, heat, repeat with a second coat. While hot stamp the Utee frame let stand for 30 seconds for a good impression, repeat for the other frame.

Last frame coat with Utee 4 times for a very thick layer. While hot stamp using the pink paislee Parisian Anthology, on the Utee frame let stand for 30 seconds for a good impression, this frame should be different from the other it should be deeper, as seen below on the left.

Faux pendant

Sorry didn’t wait for the iridescent to dry before taking the picture.

Brush a coat of iridescent medium with a pinch of acrylic paint to create a shimmer glaze. let dry, use a piercer tool, pierce a hole on top on the 2 frames,  brush modpodge on the frames and  the edges to seal and protect against moisture and rain.  Use the piercer in the hole again to remove the modpodge let dry.


Mixing iridescent medium with any paint will create a beautiful shimmer or you can use it as is to add shimmery glitter look

Add Faux pendant onto the necklace using the jump rings in the center.

Add a second hole the deep embossing frame pierce a hole on the bottom add jump ring, add  jewelry finding at the bottom of the Faux Pendant. Add remaining findings.


I use the same spacing from the right on the left so it lay perfectly when worn.

Voila done! have a great weekend.


PS You can see more of my work at


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Wooten
    May 06, 2011 @ 06:56:17

    Interesting. I may have to try this.


  2. Jodie R
    May 06, 2011 @ 08:38:10

    Maggie your necklace is gorgeous! I love making jewelry, so this right up my alley! You never fail to amaze me with your awesome projects! Thank you!


  3. Chris Wooten
    May 06, 2011 @ 19:32:59

    Maggie I am a die hard follower of always you do great work…hugs Chris Wooten


  4. Edna McGreevy
    May 13, 2011 @ 06:11:40

    This is just FABULOUS!!!! Girl !! I have just purchased my UTEE and the melting pot have been looking for some inspiration to create with it, I love this idea and will forsure be doing this for my sisters wedding to give to the brides maids to wear and for a keepsake Thank You, Tank You, Thank You.


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