April 24, 2012

DIY Gold Arrowhead Necklace

I saw the Bing Bang earrings in yesterday's post of arrowhead jewelry first on the ears of a friend. They were so tiny yet packed a punch, and I love the combination of rough-hewn arrowheads with luxe gold. My handy grandpa is pretty awesome, and gives me lots of odds and ends for crafty purposes, including an arrowhead with wire wrapped and soldered around it, and strung on cord. I embellished it with gold leaf to give a little luster, and love the result!






Tools and materials:
Gold leaf kit (got mine at Hobby Lobby) with gold leaf, adhesive, and sealer.
Paintbrush 
Arrowhead (Here's hint for finding a replica arrowhead: try a museum gift shop. I volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History, and the store there is chockfull!) 
Jewelry wire 
Wire clippers

My arrowhead was already wrapped with wire, thanks to my grandfather, but I recommend wrapping after you cover the arrowhead with gold leaf.




Apply a coat of adhesive and let dry at least 30 minutes until tacky, according to the adhesive's instruction.


 Apply the gold leaf. Don't worry about bare spots-- just add another coat of adhesive, let dry, and apply more gold leaf. Repeat on the back side of the arrowhead.


Once the arrowhead is covered in gold leaf, coat it with the sealer. Once it's all dry, you can wrap with jewelry wire, create a loop to hang on a necklace, and clip the wire.

5 comments:

  1. This is amazing, Erin! Great job, I've been looking for both an excuse to go to the Nature and Science museum as well as to get a gold leafing kit :)
    xo
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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  2. LOVE this Erin! Such a fun + easy project... I want one.

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  3. Aw, this is great Erin!!! I love to use leaf metal, will try to find an arrowhead!! :)

    love K

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  4. It looks really lovely, thank you very much for sharing this idea.

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  5. I love it!! :D

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