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If you love vintage graphics, you will love this necklace!
This necklace is made using printable shrinky dink paper. I found it at Hobby Lobby, but it can also be purchased online. I made butterflies with it, but you could do anything! The sky is the limit :)

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  • How to make a chain necklace. Vintage Butterfly Necklace Diy - Step 1
    Step 1

    Begin by preparing your graphic to fit on a piece of printable shrinky dink paper. I created an 8"x10" document in word and then made the graphic as big as I could for printing. I highly suggest you do a print test on regular paper first. The paper also comes with instructions on how to prepare the graphic (you have to fade it down before printing), so follow those instructions as well then print.

  • How to make a chain necklace. Vintage Butterfly Necklace Diy - Step 2
    Step 2

    Once it's printed, cut it out. I had to use manicure scissors for some of the tighter areas. Then take a hole puncher and make a hole in each of the wings.

    I don't have a picture for this next part, but prepare to stick it in the oven according to directions. Really keep an eye on it because I had to flatten out each butterfly myself before it got too hard. The wings and antennae are prone to curling, and if it gets hard you can't flatten it back down. I tried to reheat it to get it bendy again, but it didn't work.

  • How to make a chain necklace. Vintage Butterfly Necklace Diy - Step 3
    Step 3

    Once it has cooled off you need to cover the printed side with a coating. The paper instructions suggest Krylon acrylic coating as the best, but the coating in the above picture is what I found and it worked great. I guess you could use mod podge or another medium, but I didn't want to take the chance of the ink bleeding by painting that stuff on. After spraying, let it dry for a while.

  • How to make a chain necklace. Vintage Butterfly Necklace Diy - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now its time to make it into a necklace.

  • How to make a chain necklace. Vintage Butterfly Necklace Diy - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut two chains for each side at your desired length. I did 13" for one and 11" for the second necklace.

  • How to make a chain necklace. Vintage Butterfly Necklace Diy - Step 6
    Step 6

    Then attach a jump ring to each butterfly wing using your needle nose pliers and then add the chain to it. I somehow wasn't paying attention and got a double jump ring and it was a bit of a pain to work with but it was more secure.

  • How to make a chain necklace. Vintage Butterfly Necklace Diy - Step 7
    Step 7

    Then on the other end of the chains, attach a jump ring to both sides. Then add a clasp to one side. Now it's ready to wear or give as a gift.

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Arty Addict
Arty Addict · London, GB · 7 projects
These are sooo pretty, where was the clipart butterflies from?
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
I love these! Beautiful. Whered u find ur clipart at?
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