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Stamped Star Burst Bib Necklace
This necklace is a fun, Beaducation interpretation of tribal jewelry. We used a lot of our geometric Design Stamps to create patterning on this piece. We were able to cut the shape out of one piece of 6x6 sheet metal using a pair of our shears. This is a great project that lets you think spacially as you construct geometric collages and reconstruct your pieces with jump rings.
Step-By-Step Instructions
  1. Take a piece of 6x6 sheet metal and draw out the desired base shape of the necklace. Draw in the lines where you intend to cut the shape into pieces.
  2. With a variety of design stamps, start stamping in a repetitive way that will start to create a pattern. Beginning at an edge and growing in will help with placement and allocation. Think in halves and quarters; stamp one side and then flip to the other side. Once you are finished, oxidize your metal.
  3. Polish your metal and then cut the pieces with shears or a saw. File the pieces so they are smooth to the touch.
  4. Line the pieces up and mark where the holes will be punched so they all meet up. Punch holes accordingly.
  5. Connect the metal pieces with jump rings and add additional jump rings at the ends so you can connect your leather.
  6. Measure out 2 portions of leather cord. We used 2 longer pieces (approximately 18-20 inches each) so we could thread them in half, and position knots an inch apart to appear like beads.
  7. For a clasp, to match the bold look of this piece, we created our own hook and eye clasp with the help of this FREE: Simple Hammered Clasps class.

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