Tips and Tutorials:
How to make Inu Yasha's necklace
To make a necklace the way I did, you will need these materials:
Polymer clay (white)
About 40 purple fossil stone 12mm beads (recommended sources: Fire Mountain or Ebay). NOTE: if you want to use different beads see Step 1 below.
EITHER (the easy version)
30-ish inches of black leather thong
OR (professional finishing)
30-ish inches of beading wire
A necklace clasp of your choice. I usually use a claw (lobster) clasp, but anything will do. DON'T use a twist clasp with a heavy necklace like this one as it'll untwist while you're wearing it.
A few smallish jumprings
A few crimp beads big enough for your beading wire
Again, you can get all these from Fire Mountain Gems or Ebay.
A small pair of pliers, ideally flat-nosed
A thin metal rod (you can usually get brass rod cheap from a model shop or hardware store, or a kebab skewer will do in a pinch)
Right, this one's really very easy compared to the Millennium Items I've already done tutorials for. It does require a bit more in the way of jewellery-making if you want to finish it nicely, but you don't have to bother.
If you've read my other tutorials then you know the routine; find as many pics of the necklace as possible! You'll see that it's drawn with different numbers of fangs and beads in different pictures, so decide what *you* think it looks like. I looked at about fifty pics including the horrible plastic necklace they sell in Japan, and I settled on 8 fangs with 5 beads between each one. You can of course change this but there must be an even number of fangs, because all the pictures agree that there are two fangs at the very front of the necklace, not one in the centre.
Of course you don't have to use the same beads I did; you could even make them out of clay if you're feeling cheap ^_^. In some pictures the beads look black, in others quite a light purple shade, so I compromised with fossil stone purple which are a dark, rich colour with a subtle natural texture; I think they suit the necklace. If you're going to use different SIZED beads, remember that this will make the necklace shorter! Or you'll have to change the number of beads between fangs, which will make it less accurate if you're a perfectionist cosplayer like me.
So here's the pattern I used: because there are an even number of fangs, the clasp has to come in the middle back between two fangs. Imagine you opened the clasp and laid the necklace out in a line, it's going to look like this:
(where o is a bead and \/ is a fang and x~ is my feeble attempt at a clasp ^_^;;)
Make the fangs out of clay. To start with I recommend dividing up the clay into eight even pieces, because it's very hard to make the fangs the same size by eye. Form the fangs into the shape you want (it might be helpful to look at my photo to get the idea). When you've made them all, use the metal rod to poke a hole in each one for the beading wire to go through. (if you're using thong, make sure the hole is big enough for it!)
TIP: make sure your hands are very clean before you work with white clay! Dust on your fingers will stick and be very obvious on the baked fangs - fortunately they're supposed to look like bone so little imperfections don't matter much. ^_^
Now bake the fangs - I actually bake them threaded on the rod, because it means they don't have a flat patch where you rested them. Once they're done I often use a craft knife to clean up the area around the hole if required.
Once you've made the fangs, you're ready to thread the necklace! Use the pattern above to show you how it's done. If you're making it the lazy way, then this is where you finish! Tie the thong in a knot and you're done.
If you're going for the professional finish, the process is a bit more complicated. Cut a piece of beading wire that's plenty long enough for your beads plus some extra. Use a crimp bead to attach a jumpring to one end of the wire. I'm not going to try to describe how to use crimp beads here - instead, go here and look at Rock Garden's tutorial, which is an excellent short video.
Once you've attached the jumpring, thread the beads and fangs onto the wire, and then use another crimp bead to attach the clasp to the free end. (again, look at the tutorial!).
And you're done! Congratulations if you managed the professional approach, you are now capable of fixing your granny's old necklaces in the manner of a proper jeweller! ^_^
Click on the thumbnail below to see what I ended up with.
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