One of the things I loved about Virginia was how green it was.
The trees were beautiful, and there were flowers everywhere.
So while we were there, David and I enjoyed collecting leaves and flowers and pressing them in books so that we could bring some pretty memories back with us.
And that's how this necklace came about:
Freshly picked flower (or leaf...)
Pendant tray with glass insert
Clear-drying jewelry glue
1. Take a walk and find a pretty specimen outside... make sure it is the right size to fit in your pendant tray.
2. Press the flower or leaf you have collected inside a book. I recommend that you place a paper napkin on either side of the flower to better dry out your flower and protect the book pages. Also, depending on how heavy the book is, you may want to stack some other books on top of it for a better result.
3. Let the flower sit for at least a week. Then remove and admire your handiwork:
4. Remove the stem from your flower:
5. Spread some glue on a piece of cardstock and adhere your flower:
6. Add more glue to the back of the glass insert and adhere it atop your flower:
7. Let dry according to glue specifications.
8. When glue is dry, cut the excess cardstock from around the glass insert.
9. Apply glue to tray of the pendant and insert the flower/glass insert.
10. Place something heavy on top of the pendant and allow it to dry.
When it's dry, string the chain through your pendant and enjoy wearing the little piece of spring you captured:
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