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Give everyone something to tweet about with a silhouette birdie necklace!
I dreamed about a necklace like this a couple of nights ago and decided to give it a shot.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1120 projects »
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  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find some bird images you like and trace the silhouette on to paper.

    I googled some and then traced them straight from the screen - it works well like a lightbox.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Carefully cut out the birdie templates.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place lots of little dots of blue tack on the back of the templates.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    Stick the templates down on to black shrink plastic.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Carefully cut out the shrink plastic bird, cutting around the paper template.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Lay out the birds like you'd like them on your necklace and work out where you need to punch holes. Remember you will need holes to attach them to each other and to attach them to the ribbon.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    I punched a small hole on the middle bird's beak so that I can add a charm.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    Shrink down your birds in an oven until small, making sure to squish them flat after.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    Attach a small length of wire through the wing of your first bird.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    Thread on some red seed beads and attach to the second bird.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    Attach the third bird in the same way and slip two jump rings on to the outer rings.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    Add a small charm to the middle bird's beak if you want.

  • How to make a shrink plastic pendant. Silhouette Bird Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    You can now attach this to a necklace chain but I decided to make two small cord loops and then attach it to a ribbon, as I'm allergic to nickel.

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Olivia H.
Olivia H. · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 32 projects
This is so neat!
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Stephanie T.
Stephanie T. · Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, CA · 5 projects
this is cool were do you find shrink plastic
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sweetsundae0
sweetsundae0 · Ajax, Ontario, CA · 50 projects
WOW that is gorgeous! I want to make this for sure now!
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dizzywalker
dizzywalker · Lenoir, North Carolina, US · 2 projects
Ravens!!!
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Pearl W.
Pearl W. · Prince George, British Columbia, CA
You can use clear number 6 plastic you get from take out containers and stuff. Look for the recycle arrows and in between those, is the number. =]
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Riley
Riley · 2 projects
Just a quick question: When your cutting out your birds preshrinking it should be a bit bigger than your fist right?
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gtrdreems
gtrdreems · Seattle, Washington, US
This is awesome. I'm planning on using the Shrink Plastic on a necklace, and was curious what kind of hole punch gadget you used.

Thanks for the idea!
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magg314
magg314 · Birds Landing, California, US · 7 projects
i luff this!!!!! complete gorgeousness <3
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1401 projects
I got the shrink plastic on eBay, it's quite cheap on there! Dulci, clever idea with the heavy beads. I can't wait to see all of your versions!
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Pumpkinniki
Pumpkinniki · Summerville, South Carolina, US · 12 projects
I love this necklace. I've never used (or seen offline) shrink plastic.
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