If you have already made the paper mache recipe, this is a very simple project.
In addition to the paper mache you will need:
- pressed flowers (mine came from Michaels, you can also dry your own)
- paint (I used acrylic)
- white glue
- Mod Podge
- pendent bail
- needle and thread
Make a disk the size you want for your pendent out of the paper mache. I like something that is not perfectly round, but if you want it perfect, you can use a template and cut it to the shape you want (or use a small cookie cutter if you have one). Put it into the oven at 200 degrees (F) and just keep checking it until it’s done (hard!).
I let the paper mache disk sit overnight before I put several coats of paint on both sides. I discovered that it then got somewhat rubbery! I supposed it was because it absorbed some water from the paint, so I popped it back into the oven on 200 (F) again until it firmed back up. Just as an aside, I had actually made several disks, and I left the others out overnight to see if they also firmed up, but they did not, so I put them in the oven the next day and they were fine. So, if yours soften up after painting, don’t panic, just redry them.
Select a dried/pressed flower that will fit onto your disk, once the paint is dry. Once you decide where you want it placed, smear a light coating of white glue with a tooth pick on the back of the flower and place it on the front of the disk. When the glue has dried (it won’t take long) you can put a couple of coats of Mod Podge over the flower to protect it and give it a little shine.
When the Mod Podge has dried thoroughly, glue the pendent bail on the back of the disk. If you make a lot of jewelry you probably have them on hand (I did) but if not, you can order them online, or buy them at a craft store. I only mention this because I remember being at a loss as to where to find them the first time I made a necklace, because I had no idea what they were called!
As you can see from the photos, this is also very “organic” looking. You could certainly make it much smoother by working the paper mache and smoothing out the ridges and wrinkles more (if only that worked with our skin!) I like the natural look, personally.
When the bail has dried you are ready to put your ribbon through and attach the clasp. I decided to sew it on, although there are probably different ways to attach them. As you can tell, I am not a very professional jewelry maker. I decided the length for the necklace (I like them a choker length) and then put the ribbon through the bail, folded one end, and stitched it. I repeated on the other side and viola!
Other than making the paper mache itself, this was easy. I think would be a fun project even for kids. In fact, it might make a really cute Mother’s Day gift! And I think Dad could help with it. 🙂
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