Projects so far

Saturday, 6 August 2011

31st project completed - A plastic bottle necklet

Happy evening! 

I say 'Happy' as we are all supposed to be statistically the happiest this year between the hours of 6pm and 7pm this evening. Were you? I'm not entirely convinced about all that but I am certainly happy to show you this week's project!

A neck-let made from recycled plastic bottles!

Materials needed

  • A few plastic bottles
  • Permanent markers or glass paint
  • Thick wire
  • Multi purpose glue
  • Jewellery clasp
  • Long nosed pliers
  • Heat tool

1. Cut a section from one of your bottles and using the heat gun, gently heat it. You will find it bends, buckles and twists into a shape of it's own. Trim into a pleasing shape as you go. I made one large and one small shape

2. Once cooled, you can colour them with the permanent markers or glass paint.

3. Make a hole at the top of the larger shape with a sharp, heated needle. Glue the smaller shape to the larger one where it fits best.

4. To make the beads, colour a 1cm wide strip of the plastic with the paint or markers. Then holding one end with the long nosed pliers, wrap the strip tightly around the pliers. Move the pliers so you have one of the noses through the bead and hold the rest in place by clamping together. Now heat gently with the heat gun until the layers have melted slightly and stuck together.

5. Thread the beads and the pendant onto a length of thick beading wire making a twist at the top of the pendant to hold it in place. Attach the clasp and jump ring to finish.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! Thank you.