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Finally, something to do with all of those X-Force #1 books!
This necklace was actually inspired by a project I saw for a bowl made of one very large paper coil. I love geometric designs, but someone suggested I make one of these in the shape of an "X" since I was using an X-Men book at the time... we'll see!

Posted by Mimi L. from Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States • Published See Mimi L.'s 4 projects »
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  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Sorry I forgot to take pictures along the way again! I'll include some "after the fact" pics and I'll try to be very descriptive!
    Find a comic book with little or no value. In the U.S. we have "Free Comic Book Day" every year; comic book stores and other retailers give out books that are stamped "Free Comic Book Day" and are therefore not worth much to collectors. You can also use magazines, catalogs, or anything that has color. Each page of the comic book is about 6 5/8" by 10 1/8". I cut each page into 3 strips lengthwise. I used a guillotine cutter to make it easier, but scissors work nicely too!

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Here's a pile of the strips cut to the right size. I'm using them for other projects too - more on that later!

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    Take each strip, fold it in half lengthwise, then fold the outsides in to the center seam (see next pic).

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold outside quarters in to middle seam.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lightly glue each strip (I use a paste-like glue stick) down so that it's flat.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Once your strips have dried, tape several together end-to-end. I wrap the tape around the paper completely. I wish I could find a better method because the tape is a little unsightly in the coil, but glues don't seem to get the job done the way I want. Note: I have used 2, 3, and 5 strips to make coils of different sizes.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now the frustrating, I mean fun part. Start coiling your strips. I start mine around a bamboo skewer to get a nice round hole in the center. When you've coiled it around about 5 times you can pull it off the skewer and keep coiling. Pull it tight as you go and get ready for some to pop out of your hands and come undone! I don't glue along the way because it makes it really messy.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    When you're done, put a line of liquid (i.e. Elmer's) glue along the inside of the last inch or so of the coil. Smooth it out and wrap a rubber band around it fairly tightly to let it set. I find 5 minutes is usually good enough and I can pull the rubber band off to use on my next coil.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    Here's a coil drying with the rubber band wrapped around it.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    With a fairly stiff brush, coat each coil with Mod Podge. I do one side, forcing the Mod Podge in between the layers, let it dry and then turn over and do the other side. You can use your bamboo skewer to clean out the center hole.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    After your coils have dried, arrange them in a pattern. I try to turn the seams in and usually tack them together with some glue.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    Find an interesting thread and stitch away between the coils. I used cotton embroidery thread on the fuschia one. I used a larger guague beading needle and made three passes at each coil to coil seem. I wasn't able to do it in one continuous line of stitching, so there are some knots on the back. GLUE YOUR KNOTS!!!

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    I also made passes over the outer edge of the top coils so I could attach my jump rings. Use your plyers to open the rings and thread them underneat your stitches. Close the jump rings.

  • How to make a recycled necklace. Upcycled Comic Book Geometric Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    Attach your chain to the jump rings and it is ready to wear!

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Catalina R.
Catalina R.
great idea
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
wooow awesome cool!
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violetta
violetta · Temerin, Vojvodina, RS · 208 projects
Love it!great idea!
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C P.
C P. · Roma, Queensland, AU · 1 project
This is cute! Happy
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