"That's my bat in a pumpkin patch"...well this is no song but an idea I had for a necklace this halloween..Yes..finally I have bit the Halloween bug too. Halloween, unlike in the west is not a huge celebration in India, but of late due to global exposure, many throw Halloween parties and mask (masquerade) balls to celebrate it. However costumes are not so popular here...may be a little devil horns or a bat wing and maybe a little spooky looking makeup but at the end of the day, its just people dressed up in black/ white Tshirts and jeans.
So I thought while it might be childish to sport a costume (or totally fun if you ask me!!), it would be nice to add a little Halloween touch to your basic jeans/tee or dress this year with this bat and pumpkins double sided Halloween necklace...Here is a tutorial if you want to learn how to make it...
- A normal piece of leather (preferably coated or double sided)
1) Make the bat : Start by drawing out a sketch of a bat for the template on cardboard/ thick paper or you could use a sticker if you have one. Transfer it to leather and cut.
If you want the same effect as my necklace, fold a normal blank brass
coin in half to get a center crease and glue (clear glue - fevi bond) to
the leather. let dry. My bat is black on one side and a golden brown on the other due to the coating on the leather making the necklace double sided.
2) Create the Pumpkins: Color your flower spacers with acrylic or fabric color (green) to get the stem part of the pumpkin. Let it dry for atleast 15-20 minutes. (Top coat with sealant is optional - I did not do it). Wooden beads generally tend to have big holes so Make the existing loop
on the eyepin bigger by re-looping it on round nose/ step pliers. I use
Eurotool step pliers and they are great. Insert an orange bead (wooden..mine are from wholeport) followed by the painted bead cap and make a loop to finish it. Add jump rings to both loops. Create four such pumpkins.
3) Assembly - Poke 2 holes on the wings of the bat with an awl or
needle and insert jump rings. Following the above process of looping,
loop 2 green beads. Attach these to the already added jump rings of the pumpkins (such that all the pumpkins are facing the same direction) and attach the whole thing to the bat with jump rings. Make sure
that you have closed all the jump rings well and that they have not
4)Finish: - Attach a length of chain to each of the final 2 pumpkins (on either side) using the loops of the chain or jump rings and finish with a jump ring and lobster clasp. Your double sided bat and pumpkins necklace is ready now!! wear it either on the black or the golden side
I hope you found this tutorial interesting. Do wear it for casually or for Halloween and enjoy it!!
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