This Mommy & Me project is a great way to commemorate a fun family vacation or other special moment. The captivating colors of the Montana scenery and memories of horse tails inspired this unique necklace design.
Step One: Cut out a piece of background paper and a photo to fit the silver-plated pewter grande rectangle pendant. Apply a small amount of sealer to the back of the pewter rectangle pendant. Press your background paper into the pendant making sure to press out any air bubbles as you go. Use the sealer to attach your photo to the background paper then cover the inside of the pendant with a thin coat of sealer. Let dry. Set the antique brass horseshoe charm into the frame. Pour in enough Gel de Soleil to cover the charm and almost fill the frame. Place the Swarovski 2058 ss16 XILION rose flatback in white opal blue sky and the Swarovski 2058 ss16 XILION rose flatback in crystal into the frame and then pour in enough Gel de Soleil to fill the frame. Coat the bottom of the crystals to keep them in place. Place the pendant under a UV lamp for 15 minutes to cure. Attach a 5.85mm sterling silver open jump ring to the top of the pendant. For help with jump rings visit the Handy Tip section of the Learning Center.
Step Two: Cut 10 five-inch pieces of Griffin bead cord silk no. 8 in beige. Thread the strands through a 6.85mm sterling silver open jump ring and fold them in half. Cut a two-inch piece of 20 gauge silver non-tarnish artistic wire and a two-inch piece of 20 gauge brass non-tarnish artistic wire. Slide the 5mm Swarovski faceted bicone in Caribbean blue opal onto the silver wire. Wrap the brass wire around the silver wire, creating a spiral pattern. Then wrap the two wires around the bead cord three times, securing the cord to the jump ring. Fray the ends of the bead cord slightly. Use a 4.05mm sterling silver jump ring to attach the cord components to a sterling silver tube bead with ring.
Step Three: Cut the ultra micro fiber suede by the foot in slate blue to the size you want. We cut an 18-inch piece. Slide the components from steps one and two onto the suede. Place a small amount of E6000 on the ends of the suede and press them into the 2mm capped hook & eye crimp clasp set. Use the nylon jaw pliers to gently press the clasp ends around the suede. For help using crimp ends visit the handy Tips section of the Learning Center.
List of Components:
Sterling silver tube bead with ring (SS-LX36, qty 1)
CRYSTALLIZED™ 5301 5mm faceted bicone Caribbean blue opal (5301-CBOP5, qty 1)
2mm capped hook & eye crimp clasp set (ISCL-0138, qty 1)
Ultra micro fiber suede slate blue by the foot (MSUEDE13, qty 2)
Antique brass horseshoe charm (BBA-CH001, qty 1)
Silver-plated pewter grande rectangle pendant (S-PEND017, qty 1)
CRYSTALLIZED™ 2028 ss16 XILION rose flatback white opal sky blue (2028-WOSB16, qty 1)
CRYSTALLIZED™ 2058 ss16 XILION rose flatback crystal (2058-CRY16, qty 1)
Sterling silver open jump ring (0.75x5.85mm) (SS-OJR30-G, qty 1)
Sterling silver open jump ring (0.75x6.85mm) (SS-OJR30-H, qty 1)
Sterling silver open jump ring (0.75x4.05mm) (SS-OJR30-C, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Sterling silver stardust tube bead with ring (SS-LX37)
CRYSTALLIZED™ 5301 6mm faceted bicone crystal ab (5328-CRYSAB6)
Ultra micro fiber suede brown by the foot (MSUEDE02)
TierraCast antique silver cowboy hat charm (SA-2283)
NOTE: This idea uses SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS which currently does not meet the requirements as set out in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).