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Create Helen Cant’s pretty oriental set using decorative washi papers and cute lucky cat beads

What you need...
  • BEADS: Lucky cats, assorted designs x 5, Acrylic, round, red: 10mm x 1; 14mm x 1, Round, metal, goldplated: 3mm x 10; 4mm x 10; 6mm x 1, Hearts, cloisonne: white x 1; peach x 1, Pearl, 10mm, white x 1
  • FINDINGS: Circles, wood, solid birch, 25mm x 6, Jump rings, goldplated: 5mm; 7mm; 9mm, Chain, gold-plated, small link, Bracelet blank, with toggle clasp, goldplated, Earwires, goldplated, Head pins, goldplated, Eye pin, gold-plated, Kilt pin blank, goldplated, Papers, washi, Resin, glazing
  • TOOLS: Drill, hobby, Paint, acrylic, gold, Paintbrush, Pliers, round-nosed, Cutters, wire, Glue, PVA, Scissors, Tape measure, Pencil, Ruler, Eraser, Lolly sticks, Glue, epoxy resin, Heat gun (optional)
  1. Apply gold acrylic paint to a 25mm wooden disc as before. Cut washi paper to fit as for the bracelet. Glue in place then seal with four coats of PVA glue, leaving to dry between each application. Once fully dry, apply resin then leave to fully dry for at least 24 hours as before. Once the resin is fully set, drill a small hole through the top of the wooden circle.

  2. Thread a 3mm gold-plated bead, a 10mm red acrylic bead and another 3mm gold bead onto a head pin, trim the excess then form a loop with round-nosed pliers. Repeat using a single 10mm white pearl. Make up another head pin using a lucky cat bead and two 4mm gold-plated beads, plus an eye pin with two 3mm gold-plated beads and a 6mm goldplated bead.

  3. Secure the beaded head pins and eye pin to the loops of a blank kilt pin as shown using 7mm jump rings. Cut 2cm of small link gold-plated chain and attach to the remaining loop of the kilt pin using a 7mm jump ring. Make up a head pin using two 3mm gold-plated beads and a peach cloisonné heart then secure to the end of the chain. To finish, attach the washi paper disc to the end of the beaded eye pin with a 9mm jump ring.

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