My dear friend recently lost her 19 year old puppy dog (thankfully peacefully from old age) and it prompted me to think of all the close ones we lose and how nice it would be to create a piece as a way of remembering them so here's a simple one:
What you will need:
You will need the basics for a necklace; beads, tigertail, a clasp, crimp beads & crimp bead covers (optional) plus a cameo setting with clear dome, a photo you can cut, head pins, glue, a bail (also optional) and a trusty pair of pliers.
The Necklace Itself
In making the part that holds the pendant you can use a chain or cord, even something you already have, or opt for beads. In choosing the beads look at the photo. Here I've chosen beads based on the pale blue of the background (it's quite hard to see here) as well as colours that match Kfer's coat. Even one colour bead threaded looks great. Or perhaps the traditional Victorian black and gold combination.
Take the clear dome and place it over your photo finding the best part to set in your necklace. Trace around and cut it out to fit. Glue it in the cameo (I find a glue stick works well as it's just to hold it). Pop on the dome and put tiny drops of glue (super glue or my fav e6000) around the outside where it meets the cameo. You can go all around the edge for a waterproofed piece. Add the bail for that professional finish.
The Beaded Necklace
Using the tiger tail (or thread) string up a combination of the beads you have chosen. I often take a piece of paper & crease it to hold the beads while I position them. Don't forget to thread on the cameo as you go. If using a piece of cut tiger tail, fold a piece of sticky tape near the end so you don't loose any.
Finish the ends & add the clasp as normal: Thread the tigertail end through the crimp, then through the clasp & back again. Squish it closed with the pliers to hold it and thread the beads over the end up to the crimp. Add a crimp bead cover for a finished look. Repeat this with a loop that meets the clasp.
This is an added bit for fun. Using the headpins (I chose 3 but even just 1 looks great) thread on the beads. I have found some different shapes but in the same colours. Even a themed charm, in this case a puppy would be perfect! Using the pliers create a loop at the top (see my basic techniques guide). Attach these to the bottom loop of the cameo.
All finished and ready to wear. She loved it! She has received many compliments and she loves the questions as she can talk about her beloved Kfer! These cameos also look elegant on a bracelet.
Please feel free to ask me anything. I have been selling on ebay for @ 12 years and teaching jewellery/craft classes in schools for years. All materials used here are available in my shop at the time of publishing (well...not the photo!)