Wearable Art…A Necklace

Today, I have a fun piece of wearable art to share. It’s super simple craft to create using the Urban Artsy line by Melody Ross.

I love all the gorgeous butterflies in this line. I can use them on a million different layouts, but unfortunately most of the time the end up tucked away in my scrapbooks.  I wanted to create something that will show them off and make a “statement” piece of jewelry.

Here’s what you’ll need:  Butterfly paper from the Melody Ross collection, black paint, Dimensional Adhesive (I used Glossy Accents by Close to My Heart) and a large butterfly from the GCD Chipart Chipboard, chain, jump rings, a clasp, jewelry wire and a few of your favorite beads.

I started by selecting a butterfly that closely matched the chipboard piece I picked out.  I painted the front and back of the chipboard black and cut out my butterfly.

Once the paint was dry, I placed the butterfly on top of the chipboard and trimmed around it until it fit just inside the chipboard edges and glued it in place.

Next, I used my Crop-A-Dile to make two holes in the chipboard and applied the dimensional glue. You want to completely cover the piece with the glue. The result will give your butterfly a fabulous epoxy like finish.

Once the butterfly was completely dry (it takes a couple hours to set completely), I added a jump ring to each corner, added some beads and attached it to a chain.

Here’s the finished project.  I also used the same beads on the necklace to create a matching pair of earrings.

I ended up giving this one to my mother-in-law, who we visited recently and adores all things butterflies.  I guess I’ll have to make another one for me. 😉

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