The Bear Claw Necklace

Last summer my sister sent me home with an Indian-style necklace.  It was missing the pendant and the leather ties were broken off and in poor condition.  Sometimes, these things have to sit in the to-do pile, waiting for solutions.  First, I was too busy to think about it and then it was difficult to find a pendant that would fit in with the beads.  I couldn’t find red or black to match and couldn’t find anything online that I would not have to drill a hole in.  The other day, I found a faux bear claw pendant at Hobby Lobby which I had not seen on previous trips.  The other problem that had been weighing on me was the bead cap which had held the previous pendant.  It was too small to fit over the new pendant, which had a fixed metal loop and a jump ring.  Ah ha–just cut off the bead cap.  I was lucky in that the sinew holding the beads did not pull through the last bead; if you run into something similar, place a pin through the loop before carefully cutting off the bead cap.


Here is the new pendant attached.


Next I needed to get rid of the creases in the leather strip, which had been wound on cardboard.  I anchored one end of the strip to the ironing board, placed parchment paper underneath and anchored the strip on the end.  After folding the parchment over the strip, I ironed out the kinks.


Maybe one should wet leather to make it easier to work with but the computer wasn’t available when I was working on this so I just did my own thing.  Now the new leather is tied on to each side and the necklace is repaired and ready for pickup (haha) or mailing.


It looks to be another fine day here in NWArkansas so I’ll be on the trail again with my camera.  I will be on the lookout for my heron but I am also going to start my series on tree stumps.  After weeks of unseasonably cold weather, it is great to be outdoors and smell water, vegetation and DIRT.  Have a great week till next time.


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

Posted on January 18, 2015, in jewelry, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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