I’ve been really interested in all of the tribal and ethnic inspirations in fashion lately. (As if the printed pants didn’t make this obvious…) This project was a way to combine that with something I always have laying around- maps.
I like maps- they are so pretty. I can hardly bear to throw away even the freebie ones where things like T.G.I. Fridays and Hard Rock Cafe are marked more clearly than the actual landmarks. This vacation I did much better but one map still snuck it’s way back to the US from London. (Yeah, London didn’t make the trip photos… I was tired of carrying the DSLR by that point.) We didn’t buy any souvenirs there either, so I decided to make this map into a memento of sorts.
I cut the map into long skinny triangles that were 1 inch wide on the bottom and narrowed to a point on the top. Each strip was about 22″ long, the width of the map. Then I used a bamboo skewer to roll the paper into a bead and secured with two coats of Mod Podge. (I popped the beads off the skewer before the glue dried to be sure they didn’t get stuck.)
I used a headpin and small spacer bead (to keep the bead on the headpin, since the bead hole was larger than the end of the headpin) to attach the beads to the necklace. In addition to the paper beads I used a package of assorted silver beads (by Bead Gallery, green card) that I picked up at Michael’s and strung them all together on Acculon beading wire.
Have you used steel beading wire before? I don’t use it often but it is really wonderful and easy to work with. To attach the chain I used small crimp beads to secure the beading wire. They are dead simple to use- here’s a great tutorial. But I don’t use those special crimp pliers and find that my normal chain nose jewelry pliers work fine. To finish I added a clasp in the back.
Here’s the final product- a fun and cheap (under $10) way to remember London.