When I was brainstorming ideas to make for my new craft swap partner, I thought it would be fun to make some reversible wooden pendants. I ended up making three (one for my swap partner, one for me, and one for my sister's birthday). I didn't want to post about them until Carmila got her swap parcel in the mail (I wouldn't want to spill the beans) but since she got it (and liked it! Yay!) I can share them now!
They were a ton of fun to make but I went through a few rejects before getting some I was happy with. Fraser lend me a little hand drill to use to screw in eye hooks that make the wooden disks into pendants which was handy. It was a little tricky to get the screws to go in perfectly straight without splitting the wood so I guess I still have a ways to go before I've mastered that part of it. Then it was just a matter of painting them up and varnishing them! I went for a geometric pattern for my necklace:
I also went with some chevron stripes, sunburst, and heart patterns for the back/rest of the pendants:
Aren't they fun? I saved a little bit of time using masking tape to get straight lines and since I painted them all at the same time I only had to mix the colours up once! I contemplated using chain for the necklace part but ended up going with waxed cotton cord instead. I am so thrilled with that option since all I had to do was tie a slip knot and the necklaces can be adjusted to whatever length you fancy. Slip knots are much easier to tie than I thought they'd be and even look neat:
I used this you tube video to figure out the knots and it worked like a charm! I totally want to make more of these to sell this summer at craft shows. What do you think of them? Which designs do you like best? Any thoughts on pricing?