I used to love playing with tangrams as a kid - I swear that thing would amuse me for hours on end. Now I see them as good pieces to play with - when making jewelry. Let me share with you this tutorial on how to make these cute tangram necklaces. They're actually perfect for everyone's needs - you can make it simple, complex, elegant, colorful - and it's very modern. Read on for the how-to! :)
Wooden tangram puzzle - I got two sets of magnet-backed ones at Dollar Tree.
Felt / leather for backing
Paint medium of choice
Peel off the backing if there's any. The ones I got at Dollar Tree had a magnetic backing, so I peeled that off.
Try and figure out what shape you like. The above photo shows you some examples - you can flip some pieces to make them symmetrical if that's what you're in to. Also if you plan on painting it, do it now while it's not attached to each other yet. I painted some of mine with nail polish and some with gold spray paint.
Glue the sides with each other using E6000 - make sure the glue doesn't ooze out. Wait for that to dry.
When it's dry and sturdy, trace the final shape onto paper.
Pin that shape onto your backing and cut - cut the pattern slightly smaller so it won't go beyond the back line of your shape. Fit onto your tangram pendant and then trim as needed.
Glue your eye pins down like so before gluing your felt backing piece. Make sure everything's dry and secure before attaching your chain.
Assemble your necklace - use the end link of the chain to attach the chain to the head of the eye pin. It's easier to do this with two flat-nosed jewelry pliers. Add your lobster clasp on the other end and you are done!
What do you guys prefer - colorful or gold and black? I'm really torn. Haha! Leave me your thoughts in the comments box as usual, and have a great week!
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