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Recycled Steampunk Bat Necklace

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If you hear screeching while creating this Recycled Steampunk Bat Necklace, it could be one of two things: either spooky bats or rusty gears. Whatever it is, it sure makes for one cool jewelry making idea. This awesome necklace can be worn all October long. Show off your affinity for Halloween fun and cool steampunk accessories with this DIY jewelry idea. If you're wearing it as part of a Halloween costume or Comic Con cosplay, you will certainly be the talk of the village.

Recycled Steampunk Bat Necklace
Recycled Steampunk Bat Necklace
This image courtesy of cool2craft.com

Primary Technique: Jewelry Making

Occasion/Theme: Fall

Intermediate

Materials:

  • Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
  • Craft foam
  • Pen or pencil to trace pattern
  • Metallic paste – copper
  • Washers – no larger than 1/3″ wide
  • Nuts – no larger than 1/4″
  • Scissors
  • Bead for one eye – should fit into the center of the washer
  • Tiny bead cap for the other eye – it needs to fit next to the washer on the bat’s face
  • Craft knife
  • Hole punch – 1/8″
  • String or ribbon
  • Wire
  • Bat necklace template

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the bat necklace template, trace on the foam and cut out.
     
  2. Cut the gray areas out of the paper bat, keeping the head and body as one piece. Trace all the pieces on the foam and cut out.
     
  3. Cut out the head on the paper bat, trace on the foam and cut out.
     
  4. Rub copper paste on the foam pieces. Do a tiny bit at a time. You can add more if you desire.
     
  5. Cut a tiny “x” on one side of the individual bat head. Cut just large enough for the eye bead.
     
  6. Place a tiny drop of glue on the cut “x” and push the bead in.
     
  7. Glue all the foam pieces in place. **You may want to cut the ears off the whole bat piece and the body with head piece, if they don’t line up with the individual head piece.**
     
  8. Punch holes just to the outsides of outer foam triangles.
     
  9. Glue the metal pieces according to the photo above, making sure to glue the outer metal pieces over the holes. Allow to dry.
     
  10. Thread string through the holes. Tie knots and wrap the wire around the string tails and trim off excess.

 

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