I know you can make one too. If you do, send me a note to let me know where you are sharing it so I can check you out.
I knew before I started to assemble this necklace that I wanted a variety of paper with the images of Gwen’s stencils. I print on reclaimed paper from gifts, packing and shopping. Most of this batch was printed on pharmacy bag paper.
I could have prepared them in a variety of ways – using a spray ink, pouncing paint upon the stencil or using artist marker. I chose the inexact and very flowy look of gelli plate printing. I simply love the process. So much loveliness to work with.
Adhere with gel medium. Cover with a layer of gel medium. Love these colors together.
The beads were flipped over and the glue gun was heated up. Sari yarn was glued to the indentation in the wheels.
They still looked a bit bare, so dots of Ranger Liquid Pearls were added.
2. Thread a needle with like-colored thread. Take a stitch at the end of the sari yarn. Pull the needle through the bead.
4. Pull the sari yarn back down to the bottom and take a stitch through. Continue this process until the bead is covered with sari thread. Leaving some space for the color to peek through adds vivacity. When the bead is covered to your liking take several stitches through the end of the sari yarn and trim.
Eventually, you will use a jewelry wire to thread through the bead to attach to the chain.
1. Cover spool with gesso. (Optional)
2. Cut the paper the width of the spool.
3. Adhere paper to spool with gel medium.
4. Add one flourish from the trim (left from a previous step) to each spool to cover the seam.
5. Add embellishment using Ranger’s Liquid Pearls – Gold Pearl.
Materials used to make the necklace:
Gwen Lafleur Studios
Ranger liquid pearls – dimensional pearlescent paint -Orchid and Gold Pearl
Regular Gel (Matte)
Odds and ends from my stash (I’m so curious to hear what you find in your stash to use on a project like this!)
Hair and makeup and portraits by the lovely Madeleine Ooka. You can find her blog, Because We Fall in Life at www.becausewefallinlife.blogspot.com and on instagram @becausewefall
All other photos by Lynda Shoup