For something so easily produced it has a lovely hand crafted feel and everything we used was recycled from old clothes that we tea stained to give a soft look.
You can create this both with a laser cutter or by hand if you don't have access to one using scissors and buttons.
Changing the material and colours drasticly changes how the necklace feels and what kind of statement you want to make.
It takes about 1 hour to cut and make this necklace so why not give it a go
The team at Littlebiglaser.com
Step 1: The Concept of the Flower Necklace
We used AutoCAD 2011 to create our flowers and shape our base layer.
We were able to use AutoCAD not only for the perfection of the design but also able to use it to directly output the cut parts directly to the laser.
We love AutoCAD due to its easy nature to create complex repeated parts that always come out just how we have drawn them.
We have included the AutoCAD 2011 file as well as a Corel Draw file that you can use to make your own (although not for financial gain or for profit please)
Step 2: Materials & Equipment
- A4 Sheet of Felt
- 4 x A3 Sized sheets of fabric
- 1 Meter of ribbon
- 3mm thick white acrylic
- Reel of cotton
We used the following tools in our instructable :
- Laser cutter (in our case a Universal Laser 4.60)
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Cutting Mat
- Sewing needle
- Sewing Machine (optional)
Step 3: The Felt Base
Step 4: Attaching Ribbon to Felt Base
At this point sew the ribbon on the outward facing side as where it will be stitched will be hidden by the flowers and make it much more comfortable to wear.
We cut the ribbon into 50cm lengths (20 inches for non metric measurement) but adjust to what feels comfortable, we also heat sealed our cut edges to stop any fraying
Step 5: Laser Cutting Material Flowers
Play around with your materials to find an order that works best for you.
using materials with natural patterns and alterations creates a more natural feel.
Cut each size of flower from a different material.
Step 6: Cutting the Acrylic Flowers
Step 7: Assembling the Material Flowers
Align the petals to the center dots, you can use what ever you like from a paperclip to your eyes!
your almost there....
Step 8: Sewing the Assembled Petals
Ensure that your stitch grouping does not exceed the size of the acrylic flower that will cover it away later on.
Step 9: Glue the Acrylic Flower to Petals
Step 10: Glue the Complete Flowers to the Felt Necklace
Its a good idea to have a dry run with no glue to get an idea of what will make you happy, then commit it to glue forever!
Step 11: Finished Product
- Look and Feel Stunning
We hope you have enjoyed our first instructable, we know we have...
We will be back with more..
Chris & Stacey of Littlebiglaser