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Tanager's Song Necklace

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Tanager's Song Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

This beautiful, vintage inspired look combines the softness of silk ribbon with a weighty pendant for a stunningly balanced piece. We chose to accent the charming tanager background with our favorite feathers, but you can choose any nature inspired element you deem fit.

Note: When using the ICE Resin, each time you mix you will have enough for multiple pieces of jewelry, so you might want to have other pieces ready so as not to not waste the mix. For help with Ice Resin, visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.

Step One: Cut the heart shaped tanager image from the nature collage paper to fit the antique silver-plated pewter heart picture pendant. Coat the image in Mod Podge to prevent bleeding. Let dry completely. Repeat.

Step Two: Apply a coating of Mod Podge to the inside of the pendant. Position the background cut-out and gently press it into the frame, making sure it is smooth and without bubbles. Apply another coat of mod podge to the cut out. Let dry completely.

Step Three: Mix together the ICE Resin as indicated on the instructions. Coat the feathers with resin. Let dry. Place a small amount of Mod Podge on the bottom of the feathers to keep them from moving when you pour the resin, and place them into the frame.

Step Four: Pour the resin slowly into the frame or use a mixing stick to drizzle the resin into the frame. Because of the thickness of the resin, it tends to mound as you pour and then it settles, making it easy to over fill the frame. Let dry overnight. Please note that the ICE Resin often takes several days to fully harden, so take care not to make indentations in the surface of your pendant.

Step Five: Attach one sterling silver oval jump ring to the center ring on each side of the antique silver leaf clasp set. For help with jump rings, visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.

Step Six: Cut two approximately 19-inch pieces of hand-dyed light yellow silk and one approximately 19-inch piece of 1mm hemp. String enough of the ribbon and hemp through the jump ring so you can fold it over. Wrap approximately six to seven inches of sterling silver round 22 gauge half hard wire around the ends to keep them in place. For help with wire wrapping visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center. String the pendant onto the strands and then repeat the wire wrapping on the other end of the necklace.
Approximate size: 18½ inches
Estimated time:One hour plus drying time.
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools Used:
Round nose pliers (TOOL-108)
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)
ICE Resin (ICE-01)
Sterling wire round 22 gauge half hard-approx 1oz (30.4ft) (SSWR22HH1)
Collage sheet - nature (STKR-0097)
1mm hemp 4 color card, 20 lb test (HEMP-04)
List of Components:
Antique silver-plated pewter heart picture pendant (PSA-PEND002, qty 1)
Hand-dyed silk light yellow (RBSILK-LTYEL, qty 1)
Antique silver leaf clasp set (SA-6039, qty 1)
Sterling silver oval jump ring 6.4x9.6mm (SS-OJR-OV6, qty 1)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

32-Inch Light Yellow Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon
Minimum 32 inches 
Price: $9.23
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Leaf Clasp Set
Code: SA-6039
Loop 11mm, Bar 17mm 
$1.89 $1.60$1.78 $1.51$1.67 $1.41
Sterling Silver Oval Open Jump Ring 6.4 x 9.6mm, 16 gauge
Code: SS-OJR-OV6
.252x.378 (6.4x9.6mm), 16 gauge 
$1.20 $0.92$1.12 $0.86$1.05 $0.80

Purchase Tools & Supplies

ICE Resin
Code: ICE-01
Resin 4 oz. bottle, Hardener 4 oz. bottle 
Sale Price: $29.36
Price: $32.99
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Sale Price: $6.67
Price: $7.67
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.67
Price: $7.67
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $10.05
Price: $11.56
Sterling Silver Wire Round 22 Gauge HALF HARD - Approx. 1 troy oz (30ft)
Code: SSWR22HH1
22 Gauge, 30 Feet (Approx) 
Sale Price: $37.79
Price: $41.99
The Beadsmith 1mm Hemp 4 Color Card, 20 lb Test
Code: HEMP-04
Approx. 10 yards, Size 1mm 
Sale Price: $4.14
Price: $4.94

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