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Stamped Necklace

I decided to make myself a hand stamped necklace, based on this tutorial.  And in the end decided to give Karen one for part of her birthday gift too.

Only after I had all my supplies ready to go did I realize I was supposed to buy the letters to stamp the jewelry.  I was against the wire with time & didn't really want to invest in the letters so I was pretty bummed.

Me:  You're gift isn't going to be good.  I don't have something I need.
Karen:  Lisa, do you remember that stuffed animal you made me in middle school?  (Home Ec, 6th grade.)  You sewed the head on backwards and I still have it.

This is true, made me laugh, & brainstorm how I would approach the project.  (Note:  she was also trying to convince me to go get ice cream with she did have motives too.)

So I mostly followed their notes, but I made my letters with a nail and hammer, instead of the stamping letters they suggest.  I just kept tapping the letters as I moved the nail along.  

The permanent marker part didn't really work because the little notches were tiny, but I kind-of like that it turned out more subtle, especially since I put my nickname for Karen on hers.  Mine says LAR, my initials.

I purchased the plait and jump for the plait from the site the tutorial suggested, but I was at a loss where to find a chain.  And I looked.  And I asked friends.  And I went so many places.  Until!  I was on Division to go to a baby store for my niece & nephew when I walked past Beadniks and thought...maybe...
They had chains I could purchase...lots of them!  I got to choose our chains and they cut them at your request so I was able to get the lengths I wanted.

Something I learned:  I then needed a clasp and two jumps.  She asked me if I needed these parts and I said no because I didn't realize what they were.  Luckily, it dawned on me while I was paying so I was able to add them on.  Then I just used my little tool kit to finish off the necklaces!

Nope, they didn't turn out like I envisioned, but I'm pretty in love with mine!


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