Sunday, 23 November 2014

DIY District 12 Necklace (Hunger Games Inspired)

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

Welcome to the final day of Hunger Games Week! As it's Sunday, aka DIY day here at e-elise etc, I thought I would finish up the themed posts with another jewellery project!

Once again inspired by main character Katniss this necklace is designed to represent both the character and the district where we first meet her. The arrow and pearl charms reflect Katniss' journey through the two arenas whilst the miniature bottle charm has been filled with dark beads representing the coal trade of her home district. Here's how to make your own...

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

You will need: a miniature bottle, an arrow charm, a faux pearl bead, 'coal' bottle filling (e.g beads, sequins, glitter etc), two jump rings (1 small, 1 large), two headpins, strong glue, a pin, flat & round nose pliers, an assembled chain

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

1. First up we're going to turn the bottle's miniature cork into a charm so that it can be attached onto the necklace chain. To do this push a headpin through the centre of the cork, so that the remaining length of wire is at the top. It's a good idea to pierce through the centre of the cork with a pin first to make sure the headpin won't be off-centre!

2. To turn it into a charm use round nose pliers to curve the remaining wire into a loop. Trim off any excess wire if necessary.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

3. Next fill the bottle with your beads or other faux coal - for this tutorial I've opted for a mixture of seed beads plus a few sparkly black nail art gems but for a more realistic look try imitation coal usually used for model making.

4. Secure the cork in the top of the bottle with a little dab of strong glue and set aside to dry.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

5. As an extra embellishment in contrast to the black 'coal' I also added on a faux pearl bead. To turn this into a charm thread onto a headpin and use round nose pliers to create a hanging loop just like you did with the cork in step 2.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

6. Use pliers to open up a small jump ring, thread on your arrow and pearl charms, then close.

7. Open up a larger jump ring, thread on all of your charms as well as the chain and use pliers to close completing your necklace!

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

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