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Beautiful Butterfly Pendants
Shell pendant painted with colourful and simple butterflies.

Posted by George B. from Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom • Published See George B.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take a shell and afix a blob of blue tac to the back.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 2
    Step 2

    Turn over and press shell down lightly on a hard working surface so that the blue tac holds it in place. Make sure the hole is at the top.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now take a light colour, paint of a thick curved line like the picture. Use the paint thickly and quickly as you need to blend the colours when wet.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now paint on another thick line, in a sort of bat wing shape with two inverted curved.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now make a sort of peak next to that 'wing'. See picture.

    And fill the entire shape in with the light colour. (Not pictured, sorry!)

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now take a medium colour and work this intop the top of the wings like so.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now take a darker shade and just work it onto the very tips of the wings.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 8
    Step 8

    Work all three colours together till they are nicely graduated, go back to the lighter/medium colour if neccessary.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 9
    Step 9

    WAIT UNTIL FULLY DRY!!!! Now using black, paint on a slightly curved carrot shape for the body next to and just touching the wings.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now with the black go all the way around the outside of the wings, bringing the bottem tip to a slight point. Remember to split the two wings. Doesn't matter too much if your outline is slightly wobbly as you'll work on this on the next step.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now thicken up the outline so its smooth and gives good shape to the wings. Add 3/4 'veins' by just putting a thin line in the natural curves if the wings. Add thin lined antennae.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 12
    Step 12

    Cover with a gloss when dry.

  • How to make a shell necklace. Shell Butterfly Pendants - Step 13
    Step 13

    When that has dried, add a jump ring and bail and 'wallah' its ready to be attached to any chain, cord or ribbon!!

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Michaeljackson6499
Michaeljackson6499 · 2 projects
tHESE are so cute!!!!
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Happy-Go-Lucky
Happy-Go-Lucky · Nawur, Bamiyan, AF · 8 projects
its soooo pretty
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Kristin T.
Kristin T. · 1 project
These are really elegant and beautiful! I love it!
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Tennille J.
Tennille J.
Voila, not "wallah." That drives me nuts.
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Surf jewels
Surf jewels · Southend-on-Sea, England, GB · 11 projects
very pretty
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ThePinkPanther
ThePinkPanther · 1 project
They are beautiful! I wish I could do them. Alas, I have no painting skill!
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KattyRa
KattyRa · Iași, Iași County, RO · 4 projects
soo cute.love it!
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Zindziwe J.
Zindziwe J.
Wow, beautiful! I'd love to wear them...
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FoxesinBoxes
FoxesinBoxes · Bury, England, GB · 10 projects
That is beautiful. Impressive painting skillzzzz too, I could never get the black right if I tried.
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Janet
Janet · 2 projects
I love it
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