Thursday, August 11, 2011

Art Nouveau Necklace

So... last night was date night for the hubs and me.  As usual, I happened to check my messages on my phone when he stepped away from the table only to find that FedEx had just delivered my Art Nouveau cartridge!  After sushi, we took a walk and passed by a few vintage stores.  The window display of one featured jewelry with period pendants. 

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:

Blade:  6
Speed:  3
Pressure:  5
Multicut: 3

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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JennyKozar said...

Nadia this is beautiful!

beccagoose said...

I think this necklace is elegant. Who would have thought that as adults, we'd be wearing shrinky dinks?

Maria said...

This is beautiful and really does look vintage! Glad you like the Krylon spray:)

Noelle P said...

I would not have thought of stamping the shrinky material! It is lovely, and once again, thank you for your generous sharing of the details!

Carolyn/MamaC said...

Nadia, you are amazing! What a beautiful necklace! Thank you for sharing your talent and wonderful designs!

Gina piazza said...

Oh Nadia. It is gorgeous! And you explain everything so well. And it is gorgeous; sorry, did I say that already!
Thank you for sharing.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Nadia this is just gorgeous... WOW.. I am very impressed. hugs

Dayna Sabrina said...

Amazing Nadia! I have a question - what size did it shrink down to? - Sabrina

Adele said...

Stunningly beautiful Nadia
TFS with us :)

A splash here and there said...

This is soooo awesome, Nadia! Thanks for sharing!

Marty said...

Absolutely gorgeous pendant Nadia, I knew you'd do something amazing with this cartridge when I saw it in Ohio. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and expertise with us you're so kind.

Nadia said...

Thank you for the kind comments, ladies!

Dayna -- To answer your question, the pendant baked down to 1-1/2" tall by 3" wide.

Sandie Oxley said...


It was so nice of you to make me that beautiful dragonfly Just kidding. I just love fav dragonflies :)


ScrappyMama said...

Seriously, is there anything that you can't master????!! This looks AMAZING!

Audrey Frelx said...

Love-love this!!! Love the vintage look of it!

You made a wonderful piece of jewelry, my friend!

Gail said...

I love the necklace

Melissa said...

I never would have guessed that was a shrinky dink charm! SO COOL!

Lori Comeau said...

This is so pretty. Love your work.

Anonymous said...

That is beautiful!
I have a question.....
I'm not a jewelry maker, can you tell me what tools I need to just make some basic jewelry; earrings, necklace, bracelets etc.? I have beads and I'm going to get a bead board. Thanks!

Nadia ( said...

To Scrappin*Fun - You need a small needle-nose pliers, a small wire cutter, and bead stringing wire. I use .015" nylon coated stainless steel. You can get this stuff at most craft stores and on line. You can find my mini tutorial here:

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