This morning when I tore open my cartridge, I knew just what I would be making first: a dragonfly necklace!
I cut a 4" dragonfly (the first layer only) out of shrink film, on my Expression, from the Art Nouveau cartridge, using these settings:
I used this brand and kind of shrink film:
I used an old silver Color Box stamp pad. When I say "old", I mean old! I have had this since college (is that possible??) -- the label on the back isn't white any more! I just pressed onto the die cut until it was covered completely. Then I used the 1/8" hole on my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite to make small holes on each wing.
I placed it on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet and something weird happened while it baked: it just shrunk. It didn't buckle or twist like the other projects I have done with this product. I guess it was the ink from the stamp pad. It baked for 6 minutes at 300 degrees. Honestly, it might have been done when I checked it at 3 minutes, but I was just so surprised that it was flat that I kept baking it!
The ink was wet when it came out. I pressed it with a paper towel to remove the excess. Once it was completely cool, I sprayed it out-of-doors with Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze (thank you Marcjo for posting about this product).
After it dried (about 20 minutes), I went over the back and edges with a wet paper towel to be sure all the ink that wasn't on the top surface (and glazed over) was removed so that it wouldn't rub off onto skin or clothing.
I placed it on my bead board and worked on the necklace strand.
I used sterling silver beads, silver-colored beads, and fresh water pearls. My natural pearls ranged in color from gunmetal to yellow-silver. Just like mother-of-pearl buttons, you will know they are real and not plastic because they are cold to the touch. They are irregularly shaped and colored, which is why I loved them for this project!
I used jump rings and crimp beads to join the beaded strands to the pendant. To see how to make jewelry with coated wire and crimp beads, click here to see a previous post on this blog.
My finished necklace:
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