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The "world's first animated GIF" lenticular necklace with audio for Lauren Out Loud!

For this week's Crafter To The Stars I'm making the "world's first animated GIF necklace" of Nyan Cat (with audio) for professional Interneter, TV presenter, blogger and geeky blondebot Lauren O’Nizzle. I'm also giving you the chance to win your very own Nyan Cat necklace on my blog, so make sure to enter!

Lauren is amazing at finding the funniest GIFs and posting them by the bucketload on her hilarious blog, so the idea of making her an animated gif necklace came pretty quickly, though figuring out how to do it was a little more complicated. I used a lenticular sheet for the body Nyan Cat, so he runs when you move him from side to side and if you push a little button, the theme tune plays from a sound recorder glued to the back.

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  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    For this project, you'll need a lenticular sheet. I got one free with a photo and just peeled the original picture from the back and used WD40 to remove any left over stickiness.

    The trickiest part is getting your image just right. Measure the spacing on the lenticular sheet and then use Lenticular Software ( I used Lentikit at http://lentikit.sourceforge.net) to create an image to match. Play around with the number of frames and the size of your image until you find something that works perfectly!

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cover the image with double sided sticky back plastic.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    Carefully line the lenticular sheet up with the image and stick on top.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    Neatly cut around the outline with a pair of scissors, being carefully not to cut any of the moving pixels off.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use a cutting knife to cut out the trickier bits.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Keep going until you're left with just the frames of Nyan Cat and nothing else.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    Punch a hole through the top of Nyan Cat with a small hole punch.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    Punch an eyelet through the hole, to give it a neat finish.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    To make the rainbow, we're going to use lots of plastic strings. These used to be know as scoubidous and really popular a few years ago.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    Clip the strings together in order of the rainbow. I used two strings to get the right height on my rainbow.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    Place some waxed paper over top and iron.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    The strings will fuse together nicely.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    Cut a piece of clear plastic to match the size of your rainbow.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    Glue the rainbow on to the plastic.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now for the fun part. Record the Nyan Cat theme tune on to a greeting card sound recorder. I found mine on eBay and it was really cheap.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 16
    Step 16

    Glue the rainbow and sound recorder to the back of Nyan Cat with a hot glue gun.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 17
    Step 17

    Glue the speaker and the play button on top. You can just cut off the extra cables.

  • How to make a plastic necklace. Animated GIF Nyan Cat Necklace - Step 18
    Step 18

    Attach a jump ring and clip on to a necklace chain and you're all done!

  • Step 19

    Here's a video of the necklace in action.

  • Step 20

    And here's what Lauren thought of it!

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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
OMG! I really want one!! This is absolutely amazingly cool! Happy
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1401 projects
They're easy to make, you should give it a go! x
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Clarisa G.
Clarisa G. · San Marcos, Texas, US · 1 project
Are these for sale? I'd made a similar piece of jewelry for my online store, and the creator of Nyan Cat messaged and said I couldn't use his material, has that been an issue?
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1401 projects
No, I've never really sold any of my crafts. I am giving one away on my blog though!
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Abby W.
Abby W. · St Louis, Missouri, US · 16 projects
Um...this is absolutely incredible!
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1401 projects
Thank you xx
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Sammi<333
Sammi<333 · Green Bay, Wisconsin, US · 11 projects
Omg, awesomee! Happy
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1401 projects
Thanks so much x
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