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Fanned flower necklace

Resin-coated flowers make a chic craft

I’ve been beading since I could color a Shrinky Dink and have always been courageously crafty. When I found a scrap of vintage fabric and some leftover Ice Resin in my bead studio, it was an experiment waiting to happen. My inspiration came from fan-folded tissue flowers tied with pipe cleaners, but with the right fabric and wire, the child’s craft became chic!

Read on for instructions on making the flower trio, and click here to download the complete project PDF for free.

Supplies

Flower trio

  • 30 in. (76 cm) 22-gauge wire
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 20-gauge wire
  • 2–3-in. (5–7.6 cm) piece of chain, 8–10 mm links
  • 3 30 mm rings
  • fabric scraps
  • ICE Resin
  • mixing cups
  • plastic gloves
  • safety goggles
  • sponge applicator
  • waxed paper
  • wooden craft sticks
  • binder clips
  • corner rounder punch
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Instructions:
Fanned flower necklace 1
Step 1
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Step 2

1. Place a piece of fabric on waxed paper. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to mix ICE Resin. With a sponge applicator, apply an even coat of resin to one side of the fabric. Let dry.

2. Cut out five or more 2–2 1⁄2-in. (5–6.4 cm) squares of fabric. Use a punch to round the edges of each square. (The more squares, the fuller the flower will be.)

Tip!
If you don’t have a corner rounder punch, simply use scissors to round the corners.
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Step 3
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Step 4

3. Fan-fold each square. Stack the folded squares, keeping them firmly pressed together, and clamp each end with a binder clip. Allow to set for at least an hour so that the squares maintain their folded shape.

4. Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Wrap the wire around the center of the folded squares a few times and twist to secure. (This will be the back of the flower.) Do not trim the excess wire.

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Step 5
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Step 6

5. Remove the binder clips and fluff out the folds. Continue to fluff the squares to form a flower.

6. Place a ring on the back of the flower. Wrap the wires around the ring to secure. Trim the excess wire and tuck the ends. Repeat steps 1 to 6 to make two more flower units.

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Step 7
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Step 8

7. Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of 20-gauge wire. Securely wire the three flower units in a triangular arrangement. Cut a 2–3-in. (5–7.6 cm) piece of 8–10 mm-link chain. Attach the chain to one side of the triangle.

8. Open the end links of the three necklace chains and attach them, evenly spaced, to the triangle component’s chain. Attach the end link of the clasp-and-chain to the other side of the triangle component.

To continue this project by making the necklace, click here for the free project PDF.

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