Are you a bejeweled kind of gal? I tend to lean toward the simpler end of the spectrum when it comes to jewelry. Besides my wedding rings and a pair of small dangly earrings which sometimes grace my ears, I’m pretty much a necklace girl. I have a small obsession with Lisa Leonard necklaces, as you may know if you’ve been reading here for awhile. I tend to go for silver chains with some sort of pendant on them… I’m not too fancy-schmancy, but I like a little bit of adornment sometimes, don’t you? One type of necklace that I have been seeing a lot of lately is a geometric shaped pendants with maps in them. Have you seen these around? I think they are so cool- so I made one! I’d love to show you how you can make one too.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Going My Way? necklace:
- Mod Podge Matte or regular old Elmer’s Glue
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Blank pendant
- Ball chain or silver chain
- a map (you can pick them up for free at any highway rest area!)
- a small piece of white cardstock
The How To
First, glue your map to a piece of white cardstock paper to give it a nice backing. If you skip this step you will find that you can see the metal shining through when your necklace is dry.
Measure the size of the inside of your pendant. I suggest using something other than red ink, as you can see that it showed up in my final necklace. Boo. Cut your map to the exact dimensions.
Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge Matte or regular glue inside the pendant area and carefully lay your map in it.
Take your Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and carefully squeeze enough out to cover the map area. DO NOT pick up the tip of the tube as you are doing this… it creates air bubbles, and you want to avoid air bubbles as much as possible.
It looks kind of cloudy right now, but when it dries it will be perfectly clear. I love the way it looks from the side when it’s wet.
Now all you need to do is let it dry according to the directions. I like to let it dry overnight just to be safe. Put it on a chain and you have a fabulous necklace!
The great thing about this project is that you can use anything! Don’t like the map idea? How about a scrap of your favorite piece of fabric? A favorite photo? A tiny piece of original artwork? Make it your own and have a great time! You’ll be fabulous!