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AGL Summer Showcase and Giveaway Day 6 – Queen Bee Necklace

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Welcome to the Spellbinders Paper Arts™ AGL Summer Showcase and Giveaway!

This project showcases a selection of the fabulous bezels, dies, and relics that are a part of the Spellbinders-A Gilded Life line. Dies are available to match each of the bezels, which makes adding embellishments to your bezels a breeze!

This necklace was inspired by all the strong and courageous women in my life. They are truly “Queen Bees”.

Spellbinders/AGL Supplies used for this project:

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*GLSB-003 Crown Bezel in Silver

*GLD-003 Crown Circle Die

*GLR-001 Relics A

Other Supplies you will need:

*Spellbinders – Artisian X-Plorer Machine (MMM-001)

*Silver Tone Metal Chain

*Large Rosary Chain (available from A Gilded Life)

*2 Rhinestone “Disco Ball” Beads

*12 Small Faux Pearls (I used some vintage ones)

*Silver Bee Charm, Silver Crown Charm

*Piece of Dyed Seam Binding or Silk Ribbon

*Lobster Clasp, Eye Pins, Jump Rings

*Set of Basic Jewelry Tools,  Fine Grade Sand Paper

*Piece of Vintage Paper/Ephemera

*Jewelry Glue (ex. 527), Clear Drying Craft Glue, Small Paint Brush

*2mm Rhinestone Chain

*1 – 4mm Rhinestone

Step 1: Creating the Pendant–

Sand the crown bezel a bit using fine grain sandpaper to give it an antiqued look. Use the corresponding die to cut a piece of ephemera with the Artisan X-Plorer Machine, to fit inside the bezel and glue ephemera into the bezel with clear drying craft glue. I use a small brush to put glue into the bezel.

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Cut the loop off of the bee charm with wire cutters, and then glue the charm into the bezel using jewelers glue.

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Using jewelry glue, embellish around the inside scallops of the bezel with small pearls, making sure that the lid to the bezel will go on.

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Cut a small piece of 2mm rhinestone chain (I used a piece with 5 rhinestones), and glue it to the base of the crown on the bezel using jewelry glue. Also glue the larger rhinestone below the scallops at the bottom of the bezel.

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When you are finished embellishing the bezel, glue the acrylic lid to bezel using a small amount of 527 glue.

Step 2 – Creating the Chain –

Building a custom chain for a necklace is an easy way to make your piece stand out from the crowd. For this necklace, I started by gathering silver-tone necklace chain (available at most craft and hobby stores), some wonderful large rosary style chain (I got mine from the lovely ladies at A Gilded Life), and a few other special bits. Decide on the length that you want your necklace to be. I usually build chains that are 10 to 11 inches long per side, but it is a matter of personal preference. Attach pieces of the rosary chain to the silver-tone chain in a manner that pleases you to create your chain. I also used eye pins to make a couple of eye-catching connectors to add to my chain. Simply string one faux pearl, a rhinestone “disco ball” bead, and then another small faux pearl onto an eye pin.

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Wire wrap the end, and then attach to the chain you are building using jump rings.

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Step 3 – Putting it All Together –

Once your chain has reached the desired length, attach ends of each side of the chain to your pendant, and then add a clasp to the remaining end.

Add jump rings to one (or more!) of the AGL relics, and hang them, along with the crown charm, directly onto your necklace chain.

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Finish off the project by with a scrap of dyed seam binding or silk ribbon tied to the loop of the pendant where it attaches to the chain.

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For your chance to win the AGL products I used for this project click here.  This link will remain active for 48 hours from this posting. You can find official contest rules on the Spellbinders Blog here. Spellbinders will randomly choose one winner from the contest entries each day. The daily winners will receive the Spellbinders’ A Gilded Life products featured in the daily posts. Additionally, one overall grand prize winner will be chosen, who will win all product featured during the Showcase!

For more chances to win, visit AGL Design Team Member Kim Law’s post on her blog from yesterday,  and visit Lonnie Jenck’s blog tomorrow for another project & chance to win.

Questions? No entries will be accepted at this email address.



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