Eeeeeeee, I did it! I made Katara's necklace! And it's goooorgeous hahahahaha. Yeah, it's pretty obvious that I fail at photographing jewelry- maybe there's too much light? The pictures don't capture the pretty glitteriness that is my necklace. And, if I may say so, it's better than a lot of the ones I've seen on DA.
The necklace has a clasp because I don't want to just tie the ribbon around my neck- I'm going to wear this, and probably fairly often. I've always wanted Katara's necklace, and now I've finally made it. The first step to the craziness of cosplay, perhaps? Mostly, I made it so I could wear it to the movie next summer.
Funny story- I had a lot of trouble finding the right bail for the necklace, and I finally find one on a pendant that I could bend into the appropriate shape (advice from ~AtomicLava
- check out her version of the necklace, it's the best I've seen). I go through DA looking at what other people did, and then I realized: a lot of people just used Sculpey to make the bail. Totally. Obvious.
Ok, for the interested, I'm going to detail what I did to make this necklace, if you want to try it too.-Materials used-
Pearl blue Sculpey
Royal Blue satin ribbon (it's too thick, I know, but the other choice was a .5" navy blue, and I felt that was too thin)
2 inch gold eye pins
Pinch bail (sacrificed from a pendant)
I practiced carving the design onto the clay several times, trying out different tools and techniques. I decided to make the waves using a flathead screwdriver, and drew everthing else using the eye pins (convenience and laziness). I really love the effect the screwdriver gave the waves.
I searched for Sculpey tips online and followed quite a few of them. I put the flattened clay into the freezer overnight (because it was late- I think an hour is enough to cool it) before carving it. I lightly carved the design, then baked the Sculpey for 10 minutes- enough to harden, but not completely. I then smoothed out the carving and made it a bit deeper. I finished baking it (baking it makes it all shiney again after it got dusty from the hardened carving/sanding) and sanded it til the surface was flat. The result was really pretty, but it got super gorgeous after I added glaze. The pictures really washed out the blue- it's not actually that light.
(And no, I'm not really that good at circles. I found some ActivOn that just happened to be the right size and traced it. My practice circles were so uneven. >.< )
Ok, the ribbon. My first try ended up being just a tad too tight, so I had to try again (and destroyed the slightly longer ribbon clamps trying to get them off. Go me!) I attached the clamps to the clasps by making small loops out of the god eye pins (I don't have gold wire and didn't want to buy any, so the eye pins were a good substitute). I sealed the ribbons with a woodburner (candles work too, I am told). I folded the ends in and sewed them shut, as I didn't want to deal with the itchiness from the seals.
The pendant is sewed to the ribbon under the bail. I'm not quite sure how sturdy this is. I originally was going to punch a hole in the ribbon and attach the pendent by wire (thinking like a jeweler, lol), but then I saw that others sewed theirs on, and I was like, Wow that makes sense. The pendant's kinda heavy, so I don't know how long the ribbon will last. Hopefully a long time.
So there you have it. How I made Katara's necklace. I only used a quarter of my Sculpey, and I love this stuff, so I want to use it in the future. I just don't know what yet. Maybe another betrothal necklace. ~Kyoshi-Fan
's got a great Sukka betrothal necklace
. I actually traced this design during my practice runs, and it was so. much. easier than the waterbending symbol. I am greatly tempted to make it, but for now, I'll just bask in my totally awesome finished product. *squee*
Edit: And, there, I did it. Sukka betrothal necklace: [link]
Disclaimer: Avatar: the Last Airbender was created by Mike DeMartino and Bryan Konietzko.