Friday, April 8, 2011

Series 5: Halve a Circle #3 - Dragon Tail Necklace

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."

Roger von Oech

I love making stuff. And trying things. And letting whatever happens happen. No judging. No criticizing. Just fun and play. That's where this little series comes from. A ton o' play.

Do you play? If not, drop everything; this is your chance. Let's have a little fun right now, okay?

Tutorial: Dragon Tail Necklace

You will need:

a scrap of vinyl
cardboard circle template (~2 inches or 5 cm in diameter)
cord or shoelace (~ 4 ft or 1.2 m long) which isn't round but is flat and about 1/4 inch (7mm) wide
pair of scissors
sewing machine
contact cement (glue)
clothes pins
spring loaded fastener

Using your cardboard circle template and a pencil, trace out several circles onto the back of your vinyl (I made 17 circles, a random number). Cut out all circles. Cut each circle in half.

Go to your sewing machine. Place a half-circle down on the sewing surface. Place the cord down flat along the center of your half-circle starting at least 12 inches (30 cm) down the cord. Place another half-circle on top. You're constructing a half-circle sandwich with a cord in between. Yummy delish. With your sewing machine, stitch down the center of your half-circle sandwich along the cord.

Repeat with the remaining half-circles. Your necklace should now look like the photo below.

Apply a little contact cement to the corner of one of your half-circles.

Pinch the two corners together and clamp with a clothespin.

Repeat for the other half-circle in the pair as below.

Glue and clamp each pair of half-circles. Let dry for a few hours.

Create a necklace by threading both ends of the rope through a spring-loaded fastener. Trim the rope to a length that is right for you.

Note: This necklace is quite long. For a shorter, smaller necklace, simply decrease the number of circles you cut out at the start and reduce the length of your cord.

There it is! One completed dragon tail necklace... You like? I like.


Now you have a great day. It'll be play-time again shortly!

See Part 1 of the "Halve a Circle" Series here. See Part 2 here.
To find out who won the Spacey Stitchy Giveaway, check out the previous post.

Linking to Tater Tots and Jello!


  1. Its totally cute...not just dragon tail,it looks like petals of a plant(i forgot the name of that plant),very nice tutorial..thanks for sharing

  2. I think this is the most gorgeous necklace I've seen!! I absolutely love how it looks and how easy it is to make it!!
    I am also playing with faux leather and having tons of fun!

  3. Neat idea! Looks great! I imagine it being the tail from the adorable "Naugahyde", or pleather monster from the 60-70's ads. ;)

    Over here we've been working more and more with real leather scraps for steampunk. I'm finding it's definitely a different beast entirely. :)


  4. I bow down to your creative supremacy. Honestly. Every visit here amazes me!

  5. incredible work! really! sorry for my silence, i´m crazy busy, but i doný forget you, i admire you. kisses

  6. This is awesome, and I had forgotten all about those half circle butterflies.. I must schedule those in to make with my kids..

  7. Very cool - perfect for going to the Renaissance Festival

  8. Wow! Impressive. I really want to see it on!

  9. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  10. Olá

    Seu blog e sua criatividades são demais. Parabéns pela por ser genial.

  11. Fabulous! You have such a talent for design and creation. Ann :-)

  12. Whoa! Love this so much, Michele! Puff the Magic Necklace? I really like the simplicity of the spring-load fastener. Why have I never thought of that??? Genius, perfect for this bold architectural beauty.

  13. Oh Julita, I'm blushing... You're very kind!

  14. How fun is this?!? It's beautiful, Michele.

  15. This is amazing. I think I may replicate it in copper.

  16. Cavalaxis, that sounds very intriguing!

  17. I think I may try this with plastic bags! Or old book pages as a garland! I don't have a working sewing machine in the that will be a interesting challenge....lots of gluing or fusing.

    Love your blog Michelle.

  18. Super joli! Je vais faire en cuir pour moi aussi. Bravo!

  19. AWESOME! It looks exactly like a dried fern frond, is it boston fern?Or maybe a dragon tail, lol!

  20. Very clever!! One wonders if the dragon's head might be lurking around the back!


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