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I will show you how to make a Percy Jackson necklace to add to your costume or as a gift for a friend.

Step 1: Get the Products

You will need:
-Beads
-Sharpies or paint
-Some type of string or cord (leather/fake leather is the most book accurate)
-(Optional) Latch for a necklace
-(Possibly) Hot glue gun and glue
-(Optional) Gloves
I got all of this minus the sharpies at my local Michael's. You don't have to get what I am showing you but this is what I used.

Note: this is only for the first four beads, since I made mine as a Percy Jackson Necklace. Feel free to add on pictures in the comments to show others your necklace if you add other beads or such.

Step 2: The Cord and Latch

Originally I used the first cord which came with the first latch. It was cheap but it got the job done and looked decent. I then switched over to a leather like cord and bought a magnetic latch to go with it. All of this was bought at Michael's. Once you know which one you want figure out the length you would want it and then put it aside.

Note: you will want to make sure to leave some extra room until the end just in case you need to tie it off.

Step 3: Bead #1: Trident

This bead is pretty simple. It's just a black background with a green trident. You may want to put gloves on for this one since the whole thing will be colored/painted.

For my design I went with a pointed trident with a little lip at the bottom. There is no one way to have it so feel free to change it. Once I colored my trident I went over everything else in black. Keep in mind you can always make it smaller, but you can't make it bigger.

Step 4: Bead #2: Thalia's Pine Tree

Not the most complicated but not the easiest. All you need to draw for this is a pine tree with a small yellow/gold rectangle near the bottom. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want.

Note: after some use and spinning, this bead starts to have some red and black rubbed off onto the sides. To me its not a huge deal, but there are ways to prevent this if you care.

Step 5: Bead #3: the Labyrinth

This is easily the most complicated piece of it all. The way I made it is I colored the whole thing red (you may want gloves again) and then drew circles near the edges like shown and figured out how many spaces I would have. I used this to plan out exactly how it would go down to each line. You don't have to do this but you can if you want to.

Note: this one can get messy when coloring the whole thing red with sharpie. This can be prevented with gloves or by waiting for it to dry on each side, but AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! Well some people do, but I didn't at the time. You can see it on the sharpie where all the wet ink rubbed off.

Step 6: Bead #4: the Empire State Building

For this one i just looked at the cover of The Lightning Thief and drew what I saw. At the time I made this, I was taking an art class and learning about shading and stuff so I used the dot technique to shade since there really is not coloring lightly with sharpie... Shading isn't really necessary but it adds a nice touch.

Note: the labyrinth bead rubs off a little onto this bead as well.

Step 7: Put Together Time!

Now that everything is dried (if you have the time and patience) thread the beads onto whatever you are using for the cord. If the hole looks a little like the first picture, take a pair of scissors or a knife and just twist it in there to clear it out. Once it's all threaded glue or tie the latch, or if you choose to opt out of that, just tie the ends of the cord together.

Step 8: Enjoy Your New Fine Piece of Jewelry!

Wear this proudly and think about adding in a shirt if you don't already have one. Just don't use a purple one... That's just a bad idea...

If you are wondering about the box, it's just a simple origami box on orange paper. One side had simple stuff printed on it. If there is interest I will make a tutorial video and include the design.

Make sure to favorite if you like it. Thanks!
<p>the second year was a sheep for the island and everybody forgets to make a bow for the hunters in book three but otherwise this is really cool and i will have to try it</p>
<p>Actually the second bead was supposed to be the golden fleece on a blue field and the third book didn't have a bead bc it wasn't in summer which is when they get their beads</p>
<p>for the second year Percy was at camp it was not Thalia's pine tree on the bead, it was the golden fleece. but other than that you did a great job and I might be making some for me and my friends. </p>
<p>I forgot to add that I got the joke about the purple shirts.</p>
<p>I forgot to add that I got the joke about the purple shirts.</p>
<p>Thank you! This is great!</p>
<p>Thanks......that's really, really helpful.... : D</p>
Oh my gosh this is AWESOME!
Thanks for the suggestion! I may try making the beads for that, but I wouldn't expect it soon. Life gets very busy and it took a whole day to plan the four, and that's when I actually had the time. As to why I used wood rather than clay, I wanted something that was easier to work with and cheaper to buy. Plus I wanted to have plenty of extra in case I made a mistake. The lightness of the wood was a benefit as well that came to me after the fact. I'd love to see your version if you try clay! As to the tattoo, that's easy and I may be able to get that. Personally all it will be is just drawing (or maybe printing if you want to go that far) a design. Thanks again for the comment!
<p>try using clay beads ( like in the books ), I'm curious. And maybe you could try Annabeths necklace? And another awsome thing, maybe you could make an instructable for an s.p.q.r tattoo?</p>
I may just do that. I feel like it would be better done as a video. All it was was an origami box and lid sized to fit the necklace with the little but printed on orange paper. I would have to go digging to find the original file but I could recreate it. I'll keep you updated as to whether or not it will happen. Thanks for the suggestion!
<p>do the tut on the box, this is a great necklace</p>
Wow! Great job. You recreated it perfectly!
<p>Good detail work. </p>

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