easy and fun
• You can use foil instead of wax paper.
• A conventional oven will do set to about 275 or 300
• A jump ring is a connecter you can easily make yourself with wire and pliers.
• Prism color pencils are what I prefer but you can use markers.
• If the finished piece isn’t as flat as you like reheat it and press between books.
• Have no varnish then just use clear nail polish.
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First get online and print an image. The monarch I like to use is from www.butterflyutopia.com. Or just google it and find the biggest image and print. Try to get the image about half the size of your computer paper. (It is ok if the image isn’t in color.)After you are through with that gather the rest of the materials.
Pick a hue and color. I used the hues fitted to the printed image but you can be as creative as you want with any hue. It is important to at least pick three shades. After deciding on the colors you want it is time to fill your outline in. I usually start with the darkest color but you can color as you wish. (Be sure that you are coloring on the rough side!)
The darker you color in the more vibrant your pendent will be as a finished product so beware of open spaces.
Place in toaster oven. Now do not freak out your piece will not only shrink down to a third of its size but it will curl up and curl down and move in odd shapes. In the end it will lay flat all on its own. The amount of time you leave it in varies on type of toaster oven and temperature. I have found that it doesn’t matter all that much if you keep and eye on it. Once it is flattened and a third of its size, take it out and try not to let it melt.
Because the smooth side was facing down the permanent marker melted straight on the wax paper making the pendent dull and overall not as appealing as it could be. That is why it is important to remember smooth side up.
The Necklace part
Open two jump rings and attached each one to one of the holes in the wings.
Cut desired length or cord or string. At one end tie a knot and add the medium sized bead and then tie a knot on top of it. Cut excess string.
Add the monarch to the cord.
Take the end of the cord and fold it in estimated amount and knot. Be sure to tighten knot so that it fits snug around the bead.
Once you have done that just varnish to seal in the deal and you are finished.
This step isnt really a step but if you like to recycle take an empty soda bottle and cut the flat surface with scissors. Taking sand paper (any kind as long as you can create decent scratches) sand a rough surface to one side and draw or trace whatever you want on it, whole punch it and bake and there you go trash into treasure.