Halloween is one of my kids’ favorite times of year. My teenage son is into scary movies (yikes!) and my little one keeps asking me how many days until she gets to wear her Elsa costume from Frozen. I’m going public with a confession right now; I bought my daughter a costume because refashioning a dress seemed like too much work for this non-sewing mama.
People think because I have the crafty gene that means my kids get handmade costumes every year. I have hot glued like a banshee in past years, particularly the year my son was in sixth-grade and saw a DIY costume idea online to dress up as a used Q tip (it involves batting, yellow paint for ear wax and white sweat pants/sweatshirt). This year, however, I can say that I’m using my crafting skills for good and not evil to make a few sweet Halloween necklaces.
Here’s a quick tutorial to make this vintage little girl necklace when you want to be Halloween festive but not too over the top.
Art Mechanique Long Rectangle Hobnail Bezel
Vintage Halloween image (The Graphics Fairy has some nice images) As always, please review copyright laws regarding images if you are selling your work. You will want to ensure royalty free or check out a company’s Angel policy.
Size and print image using a photo manipulation program. I happen to use Photoshop Elements but there is a great online website called PicMonkey that I use for frames and other quick effects. There are some frightful Halloween features on the site right now. As a matter of fact, I used the little spider and ghoul images to dress up my photo above.
Copy images onto toner based paper at your local print center.
Cut image to fit inside your bezel. Seal front, back, sides with a paper sealant or white glue and let dry.
Place image inside bezel and add a sprinkle of silver glass glitter
Mix up half a calibrated mixing cup (1/2 ounce) of ICE Resin and then slowly drip mixed resin into bezel. Let dry 8-12 hours.
When your bezel is dry to the touch, use crystal brads to attach it to the filigree brass stamping.
Attach a rhinestone or another spooky charm to the bottom with a jump ring.
Attach pendant to brass chain with a jump ring. Keep the chain long so you can pull over your head and eliminate the need for a clasp. If you want a shorter necklace, attach clasp to chain using jump rings.
Put on a cute top, a pair of orange or black earrings and your new necklace and you are tres festive!
Hope you are having a very Artful week!