This week I felt inspired by Francesca’s Faux Buffalo Horn Nacklace and decided to try something similar: a gilded shark tooth pendant.

gold dipped shark tooth d I have a box full of tiny shark teeth fossils and never got the chance to use them. And while I was dreaming about all these gold ones over the internet, real gold was never going to fit my budget.

gold dipped shark tooth a But, because I already trained myself in gilding with my Gold Typography I thought I could use the same technique with this. And it worked!

gold dipped shark tooth To make your own gold dipped shark tooth you’ll need:

tools 1. shark tooth; 2. glue gun; 3. eye pins; 4. gold leaf; 5. gold leaf adhesive; 6. gold leaf varnish

steps 1. apply a drop of hot glue on your tooth

2. insert an eye pin in the middle of the glue drop and let it harden; if you can’t find ready made eye pins, they are really easy to make and Fran helps me again with a video tutorial;  use the same technique, but without the bead.

3. apply gold leaf adhesive on the tooth; you can cover the whole tooth, I wanted only the top part in gold; let it dry as long as it’s mentioned on the package

4. apply carefully and gently the gold leaf using a brush; the leaf will stick only on the adhesive covered area

5. use a gold leaf varnish to seal the leaf and protect it from oxidizing

You could skip the first two steps and wrap your tooth in wire and create a loop to hang, but I like it more like this.

gold dipped shark tooth b

gold dipped shark tooth c Ready to hit the beach? Imagine how beautifully these will look on tanned skin. If only summer would come faster.




  1. S B April 11, 2014 at 5:43 am


    Those necklaces are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it out with my own collection of shark teeth that I collected throughout my childhood!

    • MACTED April 11, 2014 at 10:28 am


      Thank you SB!Let me know how it turns out. I’m sure they will look very nice next to your beautiful jewelry :)

  2. Ashleigh October 11, 2014 at 2:06 am


    Did you leave the glue on for a long period of time, because I wanted for about 10min and even though it was dry it peeled right off the tooth. I actually tried E6000 first and had the same problem even after a full day of letting it sit.

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