Natural Branch Necklace
Go eco-chic with this easy-to-create necklace that features a charming miniature bird perched atop a handmade wire nest and natural branch.
By: Michele Beschen
- 1/4-inch diameter branch that has an offshoot
- anvil pruners
- miniature bird (found at a hobby store with the miniature dollhouse supplies)
- 20-22 gauge wire
- 1/16" drill bit
- leather, jute or ribbon cording
- head pin
- necklace clasp
- wood stain or stain/wax
- sanding block
Using anvil pruners, trim branch to 2-1/2 to three inches long.
Sand and Stain Branch
Sand branch to remove any rough places then apply a light coat of wood stain or stain/wax.
Drill Hole in Bird
Carefully drill a hole through the center of bird using 1/16-inch drill bit.
Using the same drill bit, drill a hole through branch where bird will be attached.
Create bird's nest using a 10-inch piece of wire. Simply twist, turn and tuck wire ends to create a nest shape that will accommodate the bird.
Slide head pin through bird, nest and branch. To secure, add a small bead to the bottom then trim and curl end of head pin.
Drill Holes for Cording
Drill holes on each end of branch using a slightly larger bit to accommodate the cording.
Knot Cording Then Add Clasps
Knot cording under branch to secure ends and add closing clasps of your choice.
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