January 10, 2012

Gold Necklace/Fimo Beads

Today is special. Why? You ask. Because. I am going to show you TWO things
1. How to make a three-chained necklace.
2. How to make some pretty nifty fimo beads. 

I spoil you. 
Lookin' good, right!?

I would like to site two sources of inspiration for todays craftiness: 
-The Man Reppeller who so kindly notified me that pastel colors are where it's at. And while, like the Man Repeller herself, I have no intention of saying goodbye to neon, I am kind of excited for this change of color scenery. And by 'kind of' I mean for-cray-cray-excited. 

1. Scissors.
2. 1 foot of gold heart chain from Toho. 
2. 3 feet of regular gold chain from Toho.
3. Two three-pronged clasps from Toho.
4. Gold loops from Toho.
5. Gold pins from Toho. 
6. A disco-ball bead from Toho.
7. A gold clasp from Toho. 
9. Long push pin from Staple's. 
8. Pliers from a local hardware store. 
9. Martha Stewart's Liquid Gliding in gold from Michael's.
10. Fimo in two colors from Michael's.
11. An X-Acto knife from a local hardware store. 

I took a close up of the Toho supplies to make it easier for you!
SEE! You are spoiled rotten!

Step 1:
Cut a square piece of the fimo using the X-Acto knife. 

Step 2:
Use the X-Acto knife to cut off pieces at angles to make a geometric shape out of the square. 

Step 3:
Use the long push pin to make a hole through the geometric shape.
Step 4:
Bake the fimo beads at 275 degrees for 7-10 minutes. 

Step 5:
Dip the fimo bead in the gold liquid gilding and let dry. 
OMG, I KNOW. My nails. They are amaze-balls. We can thank Sally Hanson for that. 

Step 6:
Cut your chains. The plain chain should be the shortest, then the heart chain about two inches longer than that, and then the plain chain again as the longest, about two inches longer than the heart chain.
Like so:

Step 7:
Cut the first (smallest) chain about 1/3 of the way in. 

Step 8:
Take one of the gold pins and hook it onto the longer piece of the short chain. Secure the pin onto the chain with the pliers. 

Step 9:
Thread the disco-ball bead onto the pin. 

Step 10:
Secure the top of the pin to the other piece of the short chain using the pliers. 

Step 11:
Thread the longest chain onto the fimo beads. 

Step 12:
Use the gold loops and pliers to secure the three-pronged clasps onto the chains. The shortest chain with the disco ball should be attached to the top prong. The middle length chain (heart chain) on the middle prong, and the longest chain with the fimo beads on bottom prong. 

Step 13:
Use the pliers to secure a gold loop onto the outside prong on both sides of the necklace. 

Step 14:
On one side add the gold clasp. 

That was a lot of steps, but SO worth it!

I am really digging these fimo beads. Something about the gold and the pastel really hits a happy note with me. I've been brainstorming on what else I can make using the fimo and liquid gilding combo. 

Except not the last one though. E-me.


Beth said...

That's beautiful. Wish I had time to make such lovely jewellery xox


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