Thursday, 27 September 2012

Butterfly necklace

Today I have been busy making a necklace.  I thought it might be nice to share how I made it.  So here it is.

Collect everything you need:
  • 1" square punch
  • small shape punch
  • tacky glue
  • thick vilene
  • two contrasting, thick papers (I used wallpaper)
  • hole punch
  • two types of beads
  • eye pins
  • strong jump rings
  • needlepoint pliers, flat nosed pliers, snippers
 Punch out 15 or so squares of vilene. I used the punch upside down so I can see the fabric in the punch and use it most economically.

Punch out 15 squares of each of the papers.

Take the squares you want to be on the top and slide them diagonally into the punch.  You may have to try out  a few times to get the placement right.



 Glue two squares onto each side a square of vilene. This will be your base.  The vilene is to strengthen the bead.
Glue the butterfly squares on the base bead taking care not to get too much glue into the butterfly cut-out

Punch a small hole on opposite sides of your square and your bead is finished.

Now you can start turning it into a necklace.  Make 15 links with your eyepins and beads.  They should look something like this.

  Now it is a case of putting it together.  Link the squares with the beaded links with  strong jump rings.  The fifteen squares and links are long enough to make a necklace that passes over your head, and you can make it longer by adding more squares of course.

Anyway here is the finished article

 Hope you enjoyed this tutorial  and you make some of these fun necklaces.


lisbonlioness said...

awww... I love flutterby's! Thanks for showing how it's done!