After I made the paper bead necklace (see post below), it was like I was bitten by a bug. Thankfully, not a tracker jacker! Just more of a garden variety obsession bug. I hadn’t played with my jewelry tools in quite a while, and since they were already out… I decided to make a pair of Hunger Games inspired earrings.
There were a few rejects because the Fiskars ‘Flight‘ punch seemed too big for my small beads and I almost gave up. I kept wondering how could I make the mockingjay smaller? Then I remembered Shrinky Dinks!!! That’s when it started to get real FUN!
I punched 2 mockingjays out of shrink film and used my heat gun to shrink them. Then I covered the back side in gold embossing powder and set a silver ring in the embossing powder while it was still wet. I added more embossing powder and heat to help set the mockingjay. Be careful not to add too much or it will flow into all the open spaces and you won’t see the detail in your mockingjay (ask me how I know THAT!).
The rest is just personal taste. I wanted a few small beads in colors to represent the Arena (green), District 12 (black) and Katniss (orange). I love how they turned out and you can bet I’ll be wearing them when I see the movie this weekend! And who knows, maybe there will be a Hunger Games inspired bracelet next?
Don’t leave yet! I haven’t announced the winner of the Fiskars Flight punch from the post below.
Effie Trinket has reached into the glass fishbowl and come out with the name… Amy Jones March 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm. Congratulations, Amy. I guess the odds were ‘ever in your favor.’