My friend Emma really wanted a Tatty Devine Dinosaur Necklace so I decided to have a shot at making a similiar one for her birthday, without copying their original design.
The great thing about this is that you can change the type of dinosaur by making a few extra bones and a new head and switching them around a bit. If you wanted to make this really cool, try using glow in the dark shrink plastic.
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Find a picture of a dinosaur you like and trace around the outline on to paper. Remember, it needs to be 7x the size you want your final necklace to be.
Use an cutting knife to cut out the inner details. Cut the template up in to sections, to make it look like connecting bones.
Place blue tack on one side of the template and stick down on to shrink plastic.
Cut out the shrink plastic dinosaur.
Decide where you need to connect the bones together and use a hole punch to make small round holes.
Shrink down the dino in an oven, making sure to press the pieces flat when they first come out hot.
Use white wire to connect the bones together. I made little loops with jewellery pliers, opened them and then slipped it on to both bones before closing them off.
Slip a jump ring through the head of the dinosaur and the tail and cut a length of white embroidery thread. Loop it through the jump ring and knot in place.
Thread the string with white seed beads, long enough to wear around your neck nicely.
Attach half a toggle clasp to either side.
All done, Raaarrrrr!