Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)


Select One (optional)

Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Estimated Cost

Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafts
  • Craft Foam
  • Pipe Cleaner Crafts
  • Clay & Sculpting
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wood Crafts
  • Beads & Jewelry
  • Recycled Crafts
  • Painting & Coloring
  • Food Crafts
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
Time to complete

Select One (optional)

Primary Technique

Select One (optional)


Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Age Group

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens


Soar Like a Bird Necklace

This beautiful pendant necklace from Melony Bradley would make a great gift for Mother's Day or a graduation.  Made with a variety of craft supplies, this Soar Like a Bird Necklace is a must for fans of mixed media and unique handmade pendants. 

mixed media necklace


  • Wood finches
  • Various unfinished wood pieces
  • A variety of paints
  • Pearl Ex
  • Wax
  • Sand paper or nail file
  • Paintbrush
  • Strong adhesive
  • Rhinestone chain
  • Wire nips
  • Various other embellishments to decorate your bird



  1. I used Jacquard Products Neopaque paints and Pearl Ex to create a shabby chic look to my pieces.

    mixed media necklace
  2. First I painted the pieces in White and Black.

    mixed media necklace
  3. When the pieces were dry to the touch, I applied wax randomly to the pieces. Then I painted them the opposite color.

    mixed media necklace

    mixed media necklace
  4. Let the pieces dry to the touch again and then lightly sand the surface with a sanding block or nail file. Areas where the wax was applied will sand off easily to reveal a distressed finish.

    mixed media necklace
  5. Next, mix a little Pearl Ex Varnish with pearl ex in Pewter until you have a slightly creamy consistency.

    mixed media necklace
  6. Dry brush the Pearl Ex across the surface of the wood pieces with a paintbrush.

    mixed media necklace
  7. Once the pieces are dry, you can begin to assemble the pieces using a strong tacky glue, such as Aleenes Liquid Fusion.

    mixed media necklace
  8. Now the real fun begins. Embellishment!
  9. Attach some rhinestone chain to the edges of the wood circle, using wire nips to cut the chain as needed for the appropriate length. Place a thin line of liquid fusion to the edge of the circle and glue the pieces on.

    mixed media necklace
  10. Now add various embellishment such as a pretty flower to the wing and some flat backed gems, secured with tacky glue.
  11. At the last minute, I decided to add an eye painted on with a thin brush.

    mixed media necklace
  12. I added small computer printed sentiment to the tail using a foam brush and collage pauge.

    mixed media necklace

Your Recently Viewed Projects

Free recipes, giveaways, exclusive, partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Project of the Day

Decorative Globe Anthropologie Knock-Off

Don't throw away your money on expensive boutique decor - reuse old materials and make your own instead. The end result will be a far… See more

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts


Connect With Us

Facebook Google Plus Instagram Twitter Pinterest
Twitter Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----


Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.