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An accessory you can't live without
I made this necklace for a gamer friend's birthday.

It looks good to have the pixels with sharp corners but it does make the necklace a tad spiky, so you may want to round them off slightly with sandpaper.

Posted by Jackkie from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia • Published See Jackkie's 47 projects »
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  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw a grid for your hearts on some scrap paper. Use a shrunken ruler to figure out how big your grid should be.* Draw your hearts into the grid, making sure you add an extra pixel in the top corners of your outer hearts for the hole punch.

    *If you don't have a shrunken ruler, all you need to do is draw a ruler on a piece of shrink plastic (you can include some colour swatches and hole punches of different sizes to see how they turn out as well) then cook them to the requirements on your packet of shrink plastic.

  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sticky-tape a sheet of shrink plastic to your grid and trace on your hearts.

  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    Un-tape your shrink plastic and colour in your hearts.

  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you make any mistakes, just use a cotton bud and some nailpolish remover to erase them.

  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Carefully cut out your hearts and punch a hole in each corner.

  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cook your cut out hearts to the specifications on your shrink plastic packaging.

    Be careful though, because I've found that the heat specified on my pack is incorrect and causes the plastic to curl but not to shrink. Your oven also effects what temperature/time you need to cook your plastic at. I had to re-trace, cut and cook the hearts at a different temperature as the first one I did shriveled up and never shrank because I used the settings that I would have in my old oven.

  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut your chain in two equal pieces. Connect one piece to a jump ring and the other to a lobster clasp. Cut the other end of the chains to a length you want the necklace to be.

  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    To the other end of the chains you just cut, add jump rings and connect your hearts.

  • How to make a charm necklace. Life Hearts Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    Ta-da! You're done. Go wear your necklace and flaunt your geeky skills.

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Impluse L.
Impluse L.
Nice...
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Impluse L.
Impluse L.
Nice...Happy
Jackkie
Jackkie · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 51 projects
Thankyou Happy
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Khadijah R.
Khadijah R. · Manchester, England, GB
nice...where can I buy one of those shrink plastic ..........
Jackkie
Jackkie · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 51 projects
Thanks Happy
I bought mine at an arts and crafts shop at my local shopping centre; just ask a staff member at any arts and crafts shops and they should be able to tell you if they have it or where to get it. It's also probably available online.
Good luck!
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