Introduction: St. Patricks Trinity Pendant

St. Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the trinity when teaching the pagans he encountered in Ireland.  
Each leaf representing one: The Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit.  

The Shamrock is each of these, yet one.  

I made a large number of these pendants to give to friends and co-workers, no matter what their belief.  Although I think many of them believed they would get pinched for not wearing green on St. Patty's day!

This is a simple an inexpensive way to make a lovely little pendant with a Shamrock inside, no matter what that person holds the Shamrock's meaning to be.

You will need:
A Shamrock (or Clover, since I don't live in Ireland, I guess these things covering my yard are just plain old clover, but they will work).
A hard flat surface that is heat tolerant
A piece of glass
A glass pendant found at most hobby stores for less than $2
A pair of small jewelry pliers
A soft clothe to clean the glass 

I don't usually  buy the hardware to make my jewelry, but when I found these I realized they were cheaper and definitely less time consuming than cutting my own glass and soldering the pendant together.  Maybe not quite as personal, but great if you are in a pinch for time.

Step 1: Pick Your Shamrock

Pick some Shamrock, or clovers

Place between the hard surface and the glass.  (I used a piece of marble as my hard surface)

Place the shamrocks in a hot sunny place.  The quicker they dry, the more color will be left in the shamrock. 

Wait a couple of days.

(I have read this can be done in a microwave, but I have never tried that)

Step 2: Place Your Shamrock

Carefully place the shamrock between the two pieces of glass supplied with the ring.  Be careful not to shift the two pieces or you might destroy your shamrock.  Carefully place the glasses into the pendant ring (holding with a small pair of pliers makes it easier to get the nut back on top to hold it closed).

Clean off the glass and place it on a chain and you have it! A Shamrock for St. Patty's Day to wear around your neck! 
 
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

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