You'll need a few supplies to get started making your own necklace. I was sent free product from Sizzix to create my necklace, but you can find the supplies online using the links below.
- Sizzix BIGkick Machine
- Sizzix DecoEmboss Die - Filigree Garden
- Sizzix DecoEmboss Die - India Archway
- Vintaj Natural Brass Chain
- Vintaj Natural Brass Altered Blanks - 22mm Small Rectangle
- Vintaj Natural Brass Altered Blanks - 34mm Circle
- Vintaj Natural Brass Altered Blanks - 25mm Small Circle
- Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block
- Metal Jump Rings
- Metal Punch
- Wire Cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Flat nose pliers (I used nylon jaw pliers.)
Step One: Punch extra holes in each of the metal blanks.
The metal blanks are sold with more than one blank to a pack, but you're going to use one of the large circular blanks, two of the small circular blanks, and two of the rectangular blanks to create this necklace.
All the metal blanks come with one hole pre-punched. To create the metal statement necklace, each blank needs two holes. The rectangle and small circle blanks need a hole punched parallel to the pre-punched holes. The large circular blank needs a hole punched about 3/4" from the pre-punched hole. To punch the holes, you simply place the blanks into the punch and twist the handle until you punch through the metal.
Step Two: Emboss the metal blanks using a Vintaj DecoEmboss Die.
The awesome thing about the dies is that you can place blanks in different spots on the die and get a different pattern. To emboss, simply place the metal blank over the desired part of the die and close the die. Center it between the clear cutting pads on top of the solo platform.
Turn the handle of the machine until the solo platform and cutting pads reach the other side of the machine.
I used the Filigree Garden die for all the circular blanks and the India Archway die for the rectangular blanks. You could definitely use the same die for all the blanks though.
See all the awesome texture the die creates? Well, it's there, but it's kind of hard to see. That's why the next step is important.
Step Three: Use the Vintaj Reliefing Block to remove some of the dark "finish" from the raised portions of the blanks.
This makes the pretty brass shine through in the high spots of the design and shows all that awesome embossed texture.
Step Four: Use jump rings to attach the blanks together.
You'll need four jump rings. I used both medium and small jump rings.
Step Five: Cut the brass chain.
The chain comes in one piece 24" in length. I cut the chain in half and then cut the halves in half using my wire cutters. I wanted to double the chain to make it look more substantial. If you want a longer necklace, don't double the chain or simply use two different chains instead of one.
Step Six: Attach your chain and clasp to the metal blanks.
Attach a jump ring to the rectangular blank and thread both pieces of chain through it and then close the jump ring. Make sure your chain isn't twisted and then attach a jump ring to the other end of the chains. Repeat for the other side, making sure to thread a clasp onto the jump ring before closing.
And that's all there is to creating a pretty embossed metal statement necklace!
In the picture above, you can see how the light hits the raised portions of the embossed design, making it really pop. It's definitely a fun piece to wear, and the Sizzix BIGkick, along with the Vintaj blanks and Vintaj DecoEmboss dies, made it really easy to create.
NOTE: While I received free product from Sizzix to create my necklace, I was not paid for this post, and the ideas and opinions contained in the post are 100% mine.