I was inspired by a necklace I saw Erin Madsen from DCWV wearing in a video for paper stacks. It looked kind of like iridescent shells, but being a crafter I saw milk jug material. I waited for my family to finish the gallon of milk in the fridge, then I rinsed it out and cut the flat side off. I used the Flower Bunch file from the Craft Room Library. That file really seems to be my go to file for spring projects. I chose a flower with defined petals and duplicated it until I had nine flowers, then resized three each to 1.5″, 1.25″ and 1″. I thought at this point it might get tricky, but it didn’t. I put the milk jug pieces on a new conditioned mat, as I did not want them to move during cutting. Just to make sure they didn’t slip, I taped them with painters tape also. I cut them on the stencil material setting and did 2 passes, first on a blade depth of 2 and then on 2.5. It cut beautifully.
I wanted to wear my necklace for spring so I added alcohol ink in yellow and pink with a pearl mixative, giving me that iridescent shell look just like the one I saw. I then heated the flowers with my heat gun so they were more pliable and I could shape them. (Be careful with this step as they do get hot.) I poked a hole in the center of each flower and used a jewelry pin to stack one of each size to form my flower. With the pin sticking out the back of the flower, I cut it down and made a loop to string the flowers on my chain. You can use cord or ribbon as well. I then added a flat back pearl to the center of each flower with glossy accents. I can’t wait to wear this, and it really was a fast and easy project.
Plastic Milk Jug
Alcohol Inks and Pearl Mixative
Jewelry Pin with a flat head
Flat Back Pearls
Chain, Ribbon, or Cording
Clasp (If using ribbon, you can just tie it)