This intricate necklace is an original pattern by artist rob ryan. With a little bit of patience and a steady hand, you can cut it out and wear it to that glitzy premiere, safe in the knowledge that itâ€™s strictly limited edition!
<b>Project by Rob Ryan from the book Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book.</b>
Rob is an east London based artist working primarily in intricate paper cut outs and illustration. Rob has been interested in drawing since he was a young boy. Every time his dad bought a new shirt, he would give Rob the white card that came inside it to cover with his scribbling. Rob is still doing the same thing; drawing and writing and trying to make sense of things.
In today's consumer culture, virtually every possible need is catered for, and every style of clothing, accessory, and homeware is available at the local mall. It's all just a little bit too easy. The idea behind Making Stuff is to create a craft book for the twenty-first century. Rather than aiming at retired grannies with time on their hands, this book is for hip urbanites who are moving away from the wasteful ready-made mentality of Walmart, and are looking for something a bit more unique, a bit more responsible... something homemade. The type of craft detailed in Making Stuff is a far cry from the usual macramŽd pot holders and crocheted baby booties. It is an eclectic mix of useful, funky, beautiful and outright weird things ranging from bread lampshades to denim skirts. ...© 2013 Black Dog Publishing / Black Dog Publishing · Reproduced with permission.
If you want, you can cut out the necklace printed here. Alternatively, make a photocopy or trace the design onto a sheet of paper. Once youâ€™ve got the necklace template transferred to the paper of your choice, stick it down onto your cutting board with a few strips of masking tape.
Now you are ready to start! It is easiest to start with all the â€˜holeyâ€™ bits. Cut out all the middle bits of the chains and the words. Cut out any more small bits that you can and remove the excess paper.
Once youâ€™ve done all of them, itâ€™s just a matter of cutting all the way around the edge. If the blade feels like itâ€™s dragging, change it for a new one. You should get through about eight blades for something this size. Donâ€™t waste your time on blunt blades.
Keep going. It will take a while, so you might want to put on some music you like. Take your time, and if you make a mistake, donâ€™t panic. Stop, and join it back together with a bit of masking tape and then trim off the excess.
Once youâ€™ve got the whole thing cut out you could spray paint it in a colour you like. If your paper is coloured, this is not essential, but most people have a few unsightly bits of masking tape they want to cover up.
To make the clasp work, gently fold the right hand heart in half and slide through the first chain link and then open out again.
+ Wrap a bit of masking tape around the top of the blade to avoid cutting yourself. It is easy to cut yourself on the top of the blade and since youâ€™re only using the tip of the blade to cut the paper, make the rest safe.