I am a complete jewelry novice – so when I was told June was “jewelry month,” my anxiety level rose dramatically! But this embossed metal monogram necklace is SO EASY that even the beginning jewelry maker can feel proud of herself for a job well done, and have a finished piece of jewelry to wear in under an hour!
- Aluminum roll (or use cut up soda can)
- Embossing folder (I used Darice Polka Dot)
- Alcohol inks (Stream, Pool, Pearl metal mixative)
- Blending Solution
- Alcohol ink applicator (with felt pads, not foam)
- Bone folder
- Thickers alphabet stickers
- Hole punch
- Jump rings
- Black ribbon necklace
- Magnetic clasp
First, decide on the size you would like your finished piece to be, and add about 1/2″ to every side; then cut a piece of aluminum (or soda can) that size. Then, run the piece of metal through your die-cutting machine in the embossing folder. Here, I’ve shown examples of a couple of the new Darice brand embossing folders – they do an excellent job of embossing the metal!
I decided to go with the polka dots for my necklace. Next, take the Alcohol Ink Applicator tool, place a piece of felt on it, and begin adding your colors of alcohol ink to the felt. You only need to add a drop or two of each color. I used Pool, Stream, and the Pearl metallic mixative. Pouce the applicator all over the metal piece until it is covered to your satisfaction. You can choose to leave it as is, or you can then add some Alcohol Ink Blending Solution to your felt, and then go over your metal again – this will help blend the colors together and will help the ink move easily over the metal.
When you are finished, your piece should look something like this.
Then, turn your piece of metal over. It is helpful if you are working on a piece of cork (as pictured) or foam for this next step…you want something with a bit of “give” to it. First, figure out how big you want your final piece to be. The easiest way is to have a piece of cardstock or cardboard already cut to that shape, so that you can simply center it and trace around it. Use a fine-lined permanent marker to draw lines, tracing the outline of where you want your final size to be.
Then, using the ruler, extend those lines all the way out to the edges.
Next, cut out the corners of the metal, in between the black lines. Then, using a ruler and bone folder, score lines on the black lines and once more half way out between the black lines and the edges of the metal. This will aid in folding the metal.
Carefully (so as not to break the metal – it WILL break, trust me!) fold the metal in on the folded lines, covering up any sharp edges.
(At this point, you can, optionally, choose to glue a piece of cardboard, cardstock, or other metal on the back to add weight and to make it reversible if you wish. To see what I did with my necklace, check out my blog, My Crafty Friend Jen!)
Turn the piece over, and simply add a Thickers alphabet sticker (or a couple if they’re small and your piece is large) of your choice.
Finally, simply punch a hole (or a couple holes, as I did), in the top of the piece, add a jump ring (or two), and string the piece onto the black lace necklace. I love this necklace, because it’s already made for you – it’s multiple strands of beads and a strand of lace…with the clasps and everything already put together for you. All you have to do is add the beads/charms/monogram!!
(I actually punched the first hole a bit too far off center, which is why I covered it up by adding a star charm I found in my stash!! See? There are no mistakes in art – only opportunities!)
So…what about you? Have you ventured into the world of jewelry making? I am a paper-crafter and mixed-media girl by heart…but I can definitely see where this could have its role in both of those arts!!
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Jen writes a craft blog at http://mycraftyfriendjen.blogspot.com/, and has been featured on One Pretty Thing, Sew Mama Sew, Simple Mom, and The Tip Junkie. She has also been a guest designer for The Paper Trail. You can connect with her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-Clark-Designs/168798893156390?v=wall, or on Twitter under her user name JenClark74.