I love books. I love books, and I love writing, and I love reading, and I. Love. Books.
I love crafting (clearly), so I wanted to make a little something bookish. I’ve seen a lot of tutorials out there using old books and book pages, and I have to admit… it seems like a sacrilege, LOL. As much as I enjoy crafting, I just cannot sacrifice a book to make something cool.
And then I remembered the scanner my husband got me for Christmas, and suddenly, I got very excited about crafting with book pages. (Want to see another great project? My Hunger Games Bracelet has been a popular project as well!)
I picked up this little photo-frame jewelry finding at Hobby Lobby on one of my many trips. It was on sale for half-off, so for $1.24 I knew I could find something to do with it. It’s a sizable little frame – 1″ wide by 2″ tall! And it’s been sitting for a few months – but when I had this idea, I knew it’s exactly what I wanted to turn it into: a book page pendant. Everything for this project came from my stash (go, me!) but supplies are pretty reasonable for this one if you are inspired to make your own.
First, because I’m a huge chicken on the topic of destroying perfectly good books, I scanned the page I wanted from a favorite book of mine: Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind. I cannot in good conscience tell you that this is OK. In fact, I’m sure it breaks copyright law. But I can’t bring myself to cut up my favorite book, and if Terry Goodkind sues me, at least I will have his autograph on something, right?
Anyway, I found my favorite part in about 2.3 seconds (LOL) and I laid out the glass from the pendant frame to see just what would look best, while also picking out the phrase that comes to mind whenever I think of this book.
I trimmed it out, and put it in the frame. Then, I raided my stash for an appropriate chain. But it looked a little plain. So I decided to add a little charm.
Charms are very easy. I will show you how to make them if you haven’t done it before. I use my round jewelry pliers, because that’s easiest, but if you only have regular pliers, those will work just fine!
You will need a jewelry pin with a head on it. Mine has a small flat head (not a decorative one) so I put a seed bead on the end. If you’re using a larger bead, you run the risk of it sliding right over the head. (You’ll notice the bead in the photo is different than what I ended up using – this happens to me all the time. I have trouble envisioning what I want, so I just try a whole bunch of beads until I like how it looks.) I ended up picking a stone bead and a white pearl. I think they are fitting for the book. And yes, I’m the nerd who considers the symbolism in addition to the style.
Thread your beads on how you like. Then, you’re going to curve the end of your pin into a ring to hang it from.
First, bend it.
Then curve it over your pliers and around.
Then twist the extra around the base of the ring you just made. (If you are using small beads, or a really long pin, you may want to trim your pin down before wrapping the end.)
Then, just take a jump ring and add your charm to your necklace – that’s it!
Now I want to do this for all my favorite books! :)
So – what’s your favorite book?
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