Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tutorial :: Rhinestone Heart Necklace

Hey friends! I just wanted to share a new tutorial with you. I was perusing Polyvore last week and I stumbled across this Tuxedo Lingerie Puff Heart necklace by Tarina Tarantino.


I love it! I had to have it. You know me though, I make pretty much everything. I just couldn't justify $80 for a necklace either. SO without further ado...Here is a tutorial that I wrote to show you how to make your own Super Cute Rhinestone Heart Necklace.

You will need:

Black Shrinky Dinks plastic
A cardboard scrap
Chalk pencil or regular pencil
16 inch length of medium width silver chain
2 small jump rings
1 large jump ring
1 toggle clasp
Small ribbon bow
Hot glue gun
E-6000 Adhesive
Wire Cutters

First you will need to make a heart template. I searched online to find a heart template I liked, then I printed it out. You can find a heart template here. I then put a piece of chalk paper between the heart template and the cardboard and traced around the heart of my choice. My heart was approximately 4 inches wide by 3 inches tall. Make sure it's not too small because it's going to shrink down to 1/3 of it's size when you bake it.

Cut out the cardboard heart. This will be your tracing template.

Lay the cardboard heart on top of the Shrinky Dinks black plastic. Trace around the cardboard heart with a chalk pencil or regular pencil.

Cut out the heart.

Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the center top of the heart. Make sure you do this before you bake your heart.

Bake the heart as directed on the Shrinky Dinks package.

Now use a toothpick to spread a thin line of E-6000 adhesive around the edge of the heart. Lay the rhinestones on top of the line of adhesive and gently press them down. Allow the adhesive to dry for at least 48 hours.

Make a tiny ribbon bow and glue it in the center of the heart.

Measure out 16 inches of medium width silver chain. Cut with wire cutters.

Attach one side of the toggle clasp (with a small jump ring) to one end of the chain with pliers.

With pliers attach the other side of the toggle clasp to the other end of the chain (with a small jump ring). Try the necklace on and see where you'd like your heart to sit. You can put the toggle anywhere you like. I have mine situated on the side of my neck.

Keep track of the link that you'd like the heart connected to, and attach the heart with a large jump ring. Close the jump ring with a pair of pliers.

That's it! Now you have a super cute, super sparkly heart necklace.

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