I'm excited to say that I have completed step 2 - February's project - of my JA (Jewel-aholics Anonymous) 12-step program from my earlier post "My Addiction".
It's no surprise that I would choose to make a heart themed necklace considering it is February. It may surprise you however, to find out what the heart is made of.
A 50 cent thrifted tin canister!
And, of course, some jewels from my addiction stash.
I used tin snips to cut a heart shape from the red part of the can. I also cut 4 small rectangles (not pictured) to use as links. Wear safety glasses and leather work gloves when cutting tin.
I hammered and scratched the surface of each piece with sand paper to add some texture. I sanded, applied copper tape and soldered the edges of each piece and put them in a pickle solution for a couple of minutes to remove the flux. The pickle solution darkened the
tin in areas - even the back looks kinda cool!
I removed the pin back of a vintage brooch and glued it to the top center of the heart. Once the glue was dry, I applied some
ICE Resin® to each piece and let it cure for several hours.
I needed some holes in the pieces so I used this
handy little tool that easily drills through thin metal.
I added a pearl drop to the pendant. I fashioned the chain from bits and pieces of gold and pearl rosary chain (both from my stash)
along with the tin links that I made.
I've made a few more necklaces from vintage tins but I have plans for them and will have to save them for later to share with you.
Below is where you can check out my other
JA (Jewel-aholics Anonymous) projects.
January - "Snowflake"
March - "Good Luck Wishes"
June - "It's Heating Up"
July - "Golden Dreams"Bonus Project - "Masquerade Mask"
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