One of the first things I discovered on Pinterest was this cute necklace made from a thimble and pearl-headed pins. I liked how it turned out but was nervous it wouldn't be in my sister's taste. Joann's was having a 50% off notions sale just when I was ready to start this project so I stocked up on thimbles and bought two different brands of pearlized pins because they had different shades. The only thing I did differently from the tutorial in the link was that I used wire cutters to trim the lengths of pins as they stood too tall from my thimble. In order to get varying heights, I would have had to pull them up even higher from the thimble bottom and it would have been more unbalanced.
|Happily, she loved it and put it on immediately!|
For the second necklace, I used some of my sister's own art without her permission. However, since it was a gift for her, I was sure she wouldn't mind (and she didn't). This was my third idea but actually turned out my favorite of the three...probably because I love my sister's painting style.
I started with a 1" wood disk from the craft store and painted it completely white. I resized my sister's picture to fit and used a 1" hole punch. Using a little craft glue, I attached the picture to one side of the wooden disk and then brushed a thin layer of glue on top to protect the ink. Then I covered the entire top with a thick layer of Diamond Glaze and let it dry over night. One note, I try to smear a little of the glaze around the side edges as well to give a more finished look. Using my Dremel, I drilled a small diagonal hole from the back to come out through the side (and not mar the front). I attached a jump ring and then decided to add a little more whimsy. I took some thin silvery-white wire and twisted it into little curlicues. I put a dot of glue in the bottom seed bead to help hold it on the end and then threaded more beads (pearlescent white and clear over a silver core). I found this great little button in my crafting supplies and decided it could look easily like a snowflake. Ta-Da!
|Snowman copyright Marmalade Press|
My third necklace turned out the least exciting even though it was my first idea. I wanted to make a colorwheel. I took the same 1" diameter wooden disk (several come in a package) and painted several coats of white on it. Next, I took some artist's tape and cut a very thin strip which I broke into several lengths. I arrayed them on the disk to create wedge shapes and painted them in with the 6 primary and secondary colors.
However, when I took the strips off, the edges still had bled a little and were uneven. (My red paint was more watery than the rest.) I also didn't like the stark white lines as it made it feel more like a Trivial Pursuit game piece.
I decided to do thin strips of the tertiary colors to cover up the white, but what to do in the center? From a paint perspective, where all the colors mix is black, but I didn't like the idea of a black dot in the middle. Instead I repainted a little white dot there. I thoroughly coated with Diamond Glaze and after it had dried for a few minutes, I carefully dropped a Swarovski Elements 3MM AB Hot Fix crystal in the center. I didn't want to apply it under the glaze as I figured it would dull the sparkle. The next day, I used my Dremel to do a diagonal hole like for the snowman and added the jump ring.
Overall, I like it although it isn't as "cute" as the other two necklaces. I wasn't happy with the shade of purple but oddly, even though I painted over it several times with lighter shades, it stubbornly remained dark. Also, that ribbon I used looks white in this light and pale lavender in other lights. I wish it were a more obvious lavender/purple as that color represents creativity and inspiration.