This hexagon paper necklace shows off the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities collection in a jumbo way, using Clearsnap products to enhance the design. I’m into typography and nature lately, which I combined, inspired by the Rare Oddities collection. I’m a creepy lady at heart, so this is a year round style for me. This would be cool for a teacher, historian, or as Halloween jewelry. This necklace style could be made with any of Graphic 45’s collections, Clearsnap’s inks and embossing powders. I love the contrast of black, white, and cream. This would be fabulous in colors too!
- ColorBox® Archival Dye Ink in Wicked Black
- ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Gold Shine
- ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Posh White
- ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Loft Black
- Top Boss® Embossing: Full Size Stamp pad in Clear
- ColorBox® Embossing Powder in White
- Graphic 45 Cling Stamps Rare Oddities 1
- Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Paper 12 x 12 Pad
- Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Paper 8 x8 Pad
- 2 Pieces of Black Cardstock
- 2 Pieces of Chipboard
- Mod Podge Matte
- 4 Jump Rings
- 1 Lobster Clasp
- Silver Chain
- 2″ Hexagon Paper Punch
- Letter Stamps
- Acrylic Blocks
- Wax Paper
- Thin Paper Plate
- Cotton Swab
- Flat Paint Brush
- Small Paint Brush
- Small Scissors
- Craft Knife
- Self Healing Mat
- Big Heavy Book
- Rotary Drill
- Heat Gun
- Jewelry Pliers
- Wire Cutters
1) Choose one of each black and cream paper from the two paper pads. The papers are double sided, so look for black and cream prints on both sides. Focus on typography and subtle cream prints.
2) Punch out hexagons from the printed and black cardstock papers. You need a total of 8 for the finished design. However, punch two to three times that amount, to experiment with placement and stamping.
3) Lay a piece of wax paper on your work surface. Lay one black hexagon onto the wax paper. Using the letter stamps and ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Gold Shine, stamp the alphabet onto the black hexagon. Set aside.
4) Lay 3 black hexagons onto the wax paper, in a row. Press the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities ruler cling stamp back onto the acrylic blocks. A bigger block is easier to use. Press the ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Posh White onto the stamp. Press the stamp onto the black hexagons, along the center. Re-ink and repeat for the top. Re-ink and repeat for the bottom. Clean the ink from the stamp.
5) Press Top Boss® Embossing: Full Size Stamp pad in Clear onto the ruler stamp. Stamp in the negative space between the white stamping. Re-ink and repeat for the other negative space. Clean off stamp.
6) Place the ruler stamped hexagons onto the paper plate. Sprinkle ColorBox® Embossing Powder in White onto the wet ink, covering the hexagon. Lift each hexagon and tap off the excess embossing powder. Set the ruler stamped hexagons aside.
7) Fold the plate in half and pour excess embossing powder back into its jar.
8) Using the heat gun, emboss and set the inks onto the stamped hexagons. Set these aside. The embossing powder clung to the pigment inks too. I didn’t heat set the stamped letters hexagon well enough, making the ink smear later, when I sealed it. Still, the effect was cool.
9) Using the ColorBox® Archival Dye Ink in Wicked Black, acrylic blocks, Graphic 45 skeleton, “Rare Oddities”, butterfly, and skull cling stamps to print images onto three cream printed hexagons. Print these a few times, and choose the best ones for the necklace.
10) Working in sections, use the flat paint brush to apply Mod Podge Matte to one chipboard piece and add a hexagon. Seal the hexagon with a thin layer of Mod Podge Matte. Repeat for each hexagon until they are all in place.
11) Sandwich the hexagon glued chipboard in between a big piece of wax paper. Lay a heavy book on top and let completely dry.
12) After 30 minutes, remove the book. Apply Mod Podge Matte around the hexagon necklace perimeter with the flat paint brush. Work it into any perimeter edges that aren’t glued down yet. Place the hexagon glued chipboard back in between a big piece of wax paper. Lay a heavy book on top and let completely dry.
13) Using scissors, cut loosely around the hexagon necklace, to free it from most of the excess chipboard. Using the small scissors, cut away as much of the chipboard as possible. Any sides where the blades will touch the hexagon tops, will damage the paper. Use a craft knife and self healing mat to cut away the excess chipboard, in those areas.
14) Using the flat paint brush, apply a thick layer of Mod Podge Matte to the necklace back. Press down onto a 2nd piece of chipboard. Repeat the book pressing. Let completely dry. Cut away the excess chipboard in the same way as before. Repeat this gluing step again with black cardstock.
15) Saturate a cotton swab with ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Loft Black. Apply pigment ink to necklace edges.
16) Use a small paint brush and Mod Podge Matte to seal the necklace edges. Seal the back with a flat paint brush.
17) Drill a hole through each of the top hexagons.
18) With jewelry pliers, add the jump rings and chain to the holes. Add a lobster clasp to one chain end.
I made this chunky with the punch I had on hand. Use a smaller hexagon punch for a smaller necklace. The stamps work well with this size, so you’ll have a smaller amount of stamping with smaller hexagons. You could also use squares or triangles for a similar geometric effect. Punches are great for having all your pieces the same size. Though this is a jumbo necklace, it’s not very heavy. It’s made with paper, but the layering technique I used makes it stiff and stable. Smaller necklaces will be rigid like wood, but this one is a little flexible. However you choose to design your necklace, have fun with it!
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About Abby Davis:
Abby has been an artist and crafter since she was a young child. She has been sewing and creating for 30 years. She has a degree in Fashion Design. She started her blog, Crafty Lady Abby in 2009, as a way of documenting her creations and motivating herself. She creates tutorials to share her creative knowledge and empower others to be creative.