With a steampunk vibe and a wanderlust attitude, this necklace mixes metal-stamped details with traditional elements to create a piece of jewelry for adventurers only.
Explorer Necklace Project by Sarah Donawerth Directions:
Beginning with the bezel, layer the Tim Holtz sprocket gears in the bottom of the bezel and add a small key or other detail to the top of the pile (Note: The bezels holes should be at the top and bottom.). Mix the resin according to the directions and fill in the bezel; set aside for 12 hours for the resin to harden.
With a brass mallet or hammer and a dapping block, flatten 7 pennies. Use a ballpeen hammer to add some texture, if desired. If you are having trouble getting some of the design to disappear, try flipping the coin over and hammering again.
Hammer “EXPLORE” onto the pennies with the steel letter and number stamp set. Outline each letter with a black permanent marker, then gently wipe with a paper towel moistened with rubbing alcohol. This will leave the black ink in the impression and make the letters dark and striking.
Use a metal hole punch to create a hole on each side of the penny and connect them with jumprings.
Cut a 25” length of chain and attach the pieces of the clasp at each end. Fold the chain in half and attach the bezel with a jumpring at the halfway point. Attach a Tim Holtz key to the other hole of the bezel.
Measure 4” up the chain on either side of the bezel and attach the strip of pennies.
About the Artist:
Sarah Donawerth is the Marketing Assistant and Copywriter at Stampington & Company. Follow her as she crafts whatever her heart desires at: www.sarahdonawerth.com.
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