Today, we are going to make a pretty necklace inspired by family fun and beachside memories. Follow along to learn how to make this necklace and then enter to WIN a Maker's Kit to make your own at the bottom of the post! Remember, every day this week I am featuring a different kit and giving you a chance to win one of FIVE fun kits! Tweet a bunch and you might win TWO! That is FIVE KITS you guys -- enter to win at the bottom of the post!
INSTRUCTIONS:1. Start by deciding how you want your necklace to look and what you want it to say. You can make dogtag like necklaces, luggage tags, bracelet, etc. I wanted to put the names of my four children on the tags and add a couple shells from our favorite beach - Glass Cove.
2. If you have never used metal stamping letters before, practice on cardboard first. Place your stamp letter down and hit on the top 2-3 times HARD.
3. Use a pencil to make lines on your brass pieces for even words or just freehand alignment. Place your stamp letter down and hit on the top 2-3 times HARD. Repeat to create whichever word you choose.
4. Attach metal pieces to chain or leather.
5. If you choose to add shells or seaglass, they will need a hole. Some shells come complete with a hole straight from the ocean, while others need drilling. Use a Dremel or other Jewelry Drill (I use THIS ONE so I do not have to worry about charging batteries...it is on sale now for $25 down from $70) and drill at a high speed into the shell while it sits in a small bit of water (to keep it cool).
6. Use the included jump ring to attach shells to chain or simply string the chain through the holes.
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