The craftsmanship of Maiden Art is tight. Unfortunatley, so is my bank account. So I decided to take a stab at making my own low cost, low maintanence amalgamation of thoese two piece with some things I had laying around the apartment.
Directions and photos after the jump.
You will need:
A pair of very sharp scissors or exacto knife
Chain of your choice
Strong adhesive that works on leather. (I used some E6000 that I previously bought at a bead store for jewelry making purposes)
Glue applicator (In my case, a toothpick)
Very thin, soft leather. (I used leftover scraps from a calfskin, but anything thin and pliable will work, including leather substitutes)
1) Using ruler and marking pencil, measure leather into (4) 1/2 inch wide sections of the following lenths: 12.5″, 9.5″, 5.5″, 4.5″. Cut.
2) Create bottom layer of flower. Starting at one end of the 12.5″ strip, make a cone shaped loop.
3) Starting at the end of first loop, make another loop.
4) Continue looping until the whole strip is used. You should have 5 loops in a star shape.
5) Using applicator, apply glue to bottom layer to secure. Set aside to dry.
6) Create second layer. Loop the 9.5″ strip into 4 loops. Glue and set aside.
7) Create 3rd layer. Using the shortest (4.5″) strip, make 2 loops that are opposite one another. Secure with glue and set aside.
8) Create topmost layer. Loop remaining strip into 2 loops as in previous step. You should have a little tail left over. Loop tail on top of self to create a clean, finished edge. Glue and set aside.
9) Assemble the layers. Stack layers with the points of the loops raidiating outward. Be sure all points are visible. This may take a little nudging back and forth. When you are satisfied with the look of the flower, glue into place.
At this point, you can either make a ring or a necklace. For a ring, make a loop of leather to fit your finger. Glue to the back of the flower
For a necklace, create a loop of leather that just fits around your chain. Secure loop to back of flower and string onto chain. Use a fastener of your choice to finish the neacklace. (I used a black saftey pin, but any beading or craft store will have an assortment of clasps)
Be sure to let your creation dry 24 hrs before wearing.