I’m kinda on a jewelry kick lately. You’ll find with my posts that I love to do it all. For this tutorial, I wanted to work in felt because of the bright colors. I have this Mexican dress that has lots of hand embroidery on it in all different colors. It was my source of inspiration. I also have an affinity for birds. Even before birds became all the rage as they seem to be right now. So, putting the two ideas together gave me the idea for this necklace.
Here’s what you will need for the Felt Sparrow Necklace:
- 2 small pieces of felt in high contrasting colors (Colors that will pop when put together!)
- A piece of trace paper or cardboard for the template of your bird.
- A pair of scissors.
- Tacky Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
- DMC Floss
- Lobster Claw Clasp (or similar clasp)
- Round Jewelry Pilers
- 2 Large Jump Rings (to attach chain to the felt on the back of the bird)
- 1 Smaller Jump Ring (that is a good size to go with your lobster claw clasp)
My jewelry components were found at JoAnn’s. The one packet contained jump rings and several lobster claws. I found these to be the most cost effective.
Cut your two pieces of felt about 2″ x 5″. Draw your bird design on tracing paper or on a piece of cardboard. If you choose to use tracing paper, you could use any clip art for your bird image, print it out, enlarge it on a copy machine, and then trace the enlargement. You could also use a paper design of a bird from a Cricket or Silhouette machine.
Place your pattern on top of the piece of felt and cut out the bird outline.
Pinch and fold your top piece of felt that is going to have the cut outs. Snip a hole into your piece of felt just large enough to get the tip of your scissors into. Carefully cut your shape. repeat as necessary.
Glue the two pieces of felt together using Tacky Glue. I used a toothpick to get coverage on some of the really small areas. Let the glue dry.
Next, you can leave your bird necklace like it is or you can further embellish it with DMC floss. I will have to admit that I am an amateur when it comes to embrodiery. I used mostly french knots to make the dots of color along the body of the bird. The greenery along the neck of the sparrow is just a series of stitches at an angle.
Take and cut two small pieces of felt about a 1/4″ thick by about 3/4″ long. Make a loop and hot glue it to the back of the felt to secure both the felt and the loop.
Open your two larger jump rings with your round pliers. Hook them through the felt loop.
Cut about 16″ of chain or open your links on your chain. I held the chain up and to my kneck taking into account the sparrow and came up with 16″. You can adjust the length of chain depending on whether you want a longer or shorter necklace.
Take the ends of the chain and attach them to the jump rings that are looped around the felt. Close both the jump rings and the chain attached to the jump rings.
Now for the clasp… Attach the smaller jump ring at the end of the necklace on one side. The other side will get the lobster claw closure. Open the lobster claw closure with the round pliers and attach it to the chain.
Now, you have a beautiful hand made, one of kind, piece of jewelry that’s a real eye catcher. You’ll definitely get compliments.