TBT: Punched Paper Bat Charm

So I made this necklace last year, and I wore it frequently during October…then…guess what? I totally forgot I had it! This morning, while dressing to go volunteer with the second graders, I spied it while perusing my jewelry rack. Happily spied it, I might add.

Although this one is obviously Halloween-themed, this idea works equally as well with any small punch you might have. Or want an excuse to purchase. This was really fun to make…here’s how I did it.

I’ve had an idea rolling around in my brain for awhile that I could punch many layers of Designer Paper and glue them together to make a pendant. And I did!

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First, I punched out 15 bats from DSP. Only two have to look exactly as you want your pendant to look…for the front one and the back one. Then I used craft glue to glue them together in two stacks.

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Liberally (but not so much that it oozes out) apply glue to what will be the middle of the layers and lay a head pin on it. The put the other stack of paper layers on top of it.

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Clamp them together until completely dry. I left mine overnight.

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When the glue is dry, apply a layer of Crystal Effects (Stampin’ Up!) or Glossy Accents (craft store) to the front and let that dry completely. Repeat for the back.

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When everything is completely dry and set, run a thin bead of glue around the outside, or use 1/8” double-sided adhesive tape, and cover with fine black glitter.

To finish the bat, I used needle-nosed pliers to bend a loop in the top of the head pin, then wrapped the end around the bottom of the loop a time or two. I attached a jump ring to hang it from the necklace.

I made two other “dangles” using head pins, various beads, and making loops at the top in the same way. Then I strung the beads as I wanted them onto a silver necklace. This particular one is $1.50 at Walmart and has a magnetic clasp that just unscrews to allow you to string your beads. I love how easy it is.

Although it didn’t photograph well, the bat pendant is very glossy and then glittery along the edges. Much prettier in person…but I guess you’ll have to make one for yourself to see that! I hope you will…it took a bit of time for all the drying, but really required very little crafting skill. The trickiest part is making the loop to hang it, but I know you can do it!

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