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.