The last featured necklace this week is one I made for a friend. I think of it as “the bird necklace”. I like the juxtaposition of the red and the natural wood and ivory.
This necklace is made from button/craft thread, unfinished wooden beads, a vintage button, and an ivory bird that I recycled from a vintage necklace. You can find this thread very inexpensively at any large fabric store. I think it costs a little more than a dollar and comes in nine colors. It’s very strong and thicker than normal thread. I used red, and I pulled it across a cake of beeswax several times, and then ironed it with a scrap of old t-shirt around it as a press cloth to strengthen it further and prevent it from tangling. You could skip this step, but if you choose to do it, make sure to use a press cloth to protect your iron and ironing board (some of the dye from the thread came off on the cloth). The beads are the same unfinished wooden beads I used in this post. The bird, which I think is ivory (but I don’t really know) was from a necklace filled with small beads and birds that I got at a flea market. It was a great necklace, but those little bird beaks were constantly poking me in the neck. I decided they could be put to a better use, so I cut the necklace apart and sanded down the little beak just a bit for this necklace.
To make the necklace, I put the beads and the bird on the waxed thread in a pleasing arrangement, and then threaded the ends of the thread through the button a few times and tied a bow. This way it can be untied and the length can be adjusted, if necessary.
You could make a necklace like this from any odds and ends you have around or that you find in craft stores and flea markets. Here’s one of my finds from this summer that I hope to turn into…something.
Do you know what these are? I didn’t, but I liked the graffic numbers and the material made me think of Bakelite (although I don’t know if it is Bakelite or not).
Guess what I found out about them? They’re cow tags! I didn’t grow up on a farm, so this was news to me. The lady I bought them from said the previous owner was a farmer who used the tags to remember which cows he had milked.
What do you think I should do with them? Earrings, maybe? 😉