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Fly to Your Heart Necklace Tutorial
Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Use the large ball tip of the Micro Engraver to texture the front of the heart charm. Keep all strokes at a consistent angle. For example, from upper right downwards to the left. This texturing process gives extra sparkle to the front of the pendant.
Carefully align both blanks and hold them firmly together with the ring clamp.
Use the piercing end of the Crafted Findings piercing/rivet setting tool to punch 2 holes at the top (to hang jump rings).
Clean both metal blanks with Penny Brite® or rubbing alcohol. Let dry.
Colorize both sides of the metal blanks, using a small paintbrush to mix layers of colors from the patina kit with pearl metallic mixative. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Use the Micro Engraver at the same angle as before, to buff off a few spots of ink.
Add a final layer of Purple Twilight alcohol ink. Let dry. Seal with spray sealant, following directions on package.
Colorize both sides and the edges of the wooden wing charms, using a paintbrush to mix and dab colors from the patina kit with metallic mixative. Do the sides before you finish the top and bottom. Let dry. Seal with spray sealant.
While waiting for the sealant to dry, wire wrap a variety of small dangles with antiqued brass beads, and bright blues and purple E, seed and bugle beads from the Toho Bead Cocktail mix assortments.
Determine placement of rivets for wings. Punch hole through the lower right side of the front blank (heart cutout), and punch hole through the lower left side of the back rectangular blank. To fit the rivet through the wooden charms, you may need to also re-punch the hole in each wing. Be careful to center the punch over the existing hole.
Run a rivet through the wood charm, then a metal blank, and using the rivet setting side of the Crafted Findings tool, set the rivet. Repeat for other side.
Use large jump rings to hook the 2 blanks together at the top and attach the gunmetal rollo chain.
Use medium or large jump rings to attach the wire-wrapped dangles to desired semi-random spots on the chain. Add a single E bead to a few large jump rings and further embellish the chain.