Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Here's a New Idea - Word Necklaces

How about making some fab new necklaces for spring?   I felt the need to make something, and I did not have much time - so I opted to use epoxy stickers, which look great and are really really easy to use.

I gathered my materials:
  • epoxy stickers in 12mm and 15mm sizes, 
  • silver plated charm blanks also in 12mm and 15mm,
  • ModPodge, scissors, printer, laptop! 
First I printed out a sheet with everyone's names written on it, in capital letters with big spacings.  Here I am showing you the necklace I made with my own name (part of a set I was making), and obviously you will need an adequate number of stickers and trays for the length of the names or words you are preparing.

I wanted to make these necklaces with a mix of big and small trays and found the 15mm trays went well with a 24pt font size and the 12mm ones suited the 16pt size nicely. 

Once printed, I just centred the stickers over the top of the individual letters - I went for a big-small-big-small pattern, but you could do this differently.

Then I cut around the letters to make reasonably tidy circles (!), and simply ModPodged them into the trays.    Finally, I used jump rings to join the trays in sequence to every second link in the necklace chain, and it was all done!   Really easy, it took ten minutes in all, and everyone was really pleased with their necklace!

Love it!

Below I made a slightly different necklace - firstly I used printed images instead of letters, or rather, the leftover borders from some images I used on another project.  I used the same stickers and same charm blanks but a different chain.

And the beauty of this one is that as the chain is smooth without links (much like ball chain or snake chain), all the charms dangle together clinking as you move, making this a lovely playful piece.

And just because I had some of the little flower print outs, I made some earrings using our new vintage copper ovals and matching 13x18mm stickers.  Easy!

Have fun making!!


  1. Hi I just found your amazing blog after I bought some Diamond glaze from you eBay shop. Inside the package of diamond glaze was a little pendant and a glass cabochon. So I went searching and found you and your stunning jewellery. I purchased some more pendants and glass cabochons from your eBay shop. But I was just wondering if I am allowed to use my own art work and if so what would you suggest I print the image on to photo paper or just normally paper. Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful new craft from Katie.

  2. Thank you for the lovely words Katie! Yes of course you can use your own artwork, all I would say is that you will need to ensure the paper has no texture (so oils etc. will not work) and it is very well sealed with ModPodge or similar so that the inks/paints don't run. If you print your artwork I would use normal paper but of a good thickness, 160gsm is good, as long as it is lovely and smooth. Photo paper often doesn't work because it has a special coating that slips when the glaze is applied. You may have seen the tutorial I wrote on this already, but if you haven't it lives here:

    Hope this helps. Have fun!

    Jasmin x

  3. Thank you for the info very helpful. Hopefully I won’t make too much of a mess. You mentioned not to use texture paper does that mean I can’t use watercolour paper which I have painted on. Sorry to ask so many questions.

  4. I have never tried making any thing like this, but have been wanting to have a go at it. You make it look easier than it probably is. You have a lovely site and I am your newest follower, please accept my warm and humble invitation to visit and hopefully to follow me, too. Connie :)

  5. What a great idea - the 'jools' look lovely. Glad I found your blog, it's great. Hope you have a good week.


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