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« on: October 07, 2007 06:35:28 PM »

Ok so for halloween I want to be Pocahontas (from the Disney movie) because I looove that movie...anyways I think I can probably figure out the dress...its pretty simple but I don't know what to make the necklace out of...I could make the white part out of polymer clay but does anyone have any ideas for the blue part?

If any of you have seen the movie the part where her necklace breaks you can kind of see that its a bunch of square -ish beads (sorry I can't find a picture of it) - but I have no idea how to do that??  

I guess I could do polymer clay but I don't know if i could get the shapes right?

Any Ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2007 06:54:48 PM »

i don't know if you crochet or knit, but you could perhaps work something out with one or the other to make the general shape =)

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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2007 06:56:54 PM »

Perhaps you could make some veerry large beads, four (maybe six), that would connect in that shape. You'd probably have to use memory wire bent at the corners. In theory, it could work.

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2007 06:59:15 PM »

I'd also suggest making a few big beads out of clay to connect in that shape.

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2007 07:04:59 PM »

holy cow you guys are fast!

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2007 07:05:33 PM »

I know you'd want it to be more shell/bead like, but what about fabric? If you got some of that heavy duty interfacing and cut it into the shape and wrapped it in fabric. Or something along those lines. Just throwing it out there. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2007 07:06:09 PM »

maybe if you know how to you could do some wood-working. get some trim or something thats rounded on the top but flat on the back and use polymer clay for the connecting pieces in the corners?
you could get a lightweight wood so it wouldnt be too heavy and then use polymer clay for the pendant like you suggested


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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2007 07:09:55 PM »

for temporary and so not as nice, but might get the job done ..kinda stuff... maybe straws wedged between cardboard then wrapped in paper and painted...or wrapped in aqua tissue paper?..... I dont know if it would be what your looking for though. Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2007 07:28:48 PM »

What about paper (papier) mache? People make some really amazing stuff out of it, plus it's cheap and fairly easy. Here's a link to a butterfly necklace made with paper mache: http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=521

That necklace seems more ornate/difficult that the one you are trying to recreate, so it seems like you should be able to accomplish that. 

Plus it would be pretty light which would be a plus with the size/bulk of the Pocahontas necklace.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2007 07:35:39 PM »

I second the paper mach.  It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and just about any shape is possible.  It might help to have a base for the mach, cardboard or wire or something in the basic shape of the necklace, then use the mach to round the edges and make it look nice. 
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2007 07:42:35 PM »

I was thinking sturdy felt wrapped in fabric...

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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2007 08:24:07 PM »

I'm thinking vinyl from the fabric store would be really quick and easy. If you use tissue or have a Teflon foot you could sew on some details.

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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2007 12:06:05 AM »

Duct tape?  Not sure how you'd do it but I've seen some lovely things made from it.
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2007 04:19:56 AM »

I always thought that was a necklace similar to the tan ones in the shop the swap:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199218.msg2115227#msg2115227  (need to scroll down a bit, but it's in that post).


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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2007 06:53:25 AM »

That looks like it is supposed to be a necklace made of turquoise beads, most likely wheels or chips. You can buy these beads but they are pricey.

I would make the flat beads from polymer clay too.  I think it would be the most authentic looking without actually using real turquoise.
here is a link with lists of the bead types
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« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2007 09:03:52 AM »

My first thought was to use craft foam (the adhesive backed kind that comes in sheets) and cut out the shapes for each "bead" twice. Lay out a circle of elastic cord and put each bead in place, adhesive sides together with the cord sandwiched in between.
It wouldn't be sturdy but would be inexpensive to make.
How heavy is the pendant part?

« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2007 09:28:11 AM »

Why dont you just use fabric? Make a simple pattern for your neck, get some really pretty taffeta or cool blue fabric, add some iron on stabilizer and WAHLA. You could also do some basic surface embroidery on the sewing machine for all the individual lines and things. I think it would look neat.

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« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2007 09:45:01 AM »

when i was small i was given a kit to make that necklace, you might be able to still find it out there, and see how it's done, but it was all made from polymer clay..
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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2007 10:58:44 AM »

Well the Pocahontas walking around Disney World wears a plastic necklace, so you could probably make a copy out of polymer clay. I have picture here:
It looks like faux turquois, there's probably a tutorial for making that out of polymer clay floating around somewhere.

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« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2007 01:06:45 PM »


Here's a weird page I found, that seems like a nice, cheap solution to your question.
 I was looking for that stuff they sell in craft stores that comes as a thin bar. It's plastic, you put it in hot water and it molds into whatever shape you want, then solidifies. But maybe it was a health hazard, because I couldn't find it and haven't bought it in a long time.

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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2007 01:57:36 PM »

If you shape the necklace as you see it in one piece, and then cut it apart, you'd get the size and shape of the beads right. The nice thing about the clay is that you can either mix colors of clay until you get the right color, or paint it. After you've cut apart the shapes, use a skewer to make your holes and then bake the beads until they're hardened. The directions are on the package. I made my sister a necklace similar to the one in your picture. Because I mixed the clay, the beads looks like real turquoise. Then simply string the beads and add a closure.
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« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2007 06:52:47 PM »

I was Pocahontas last year for an orchestra event. My necklace was made in about 30 seconds from the leftover fabric from John Smith's T-shirt. Here's the picture if you would like to see. My mom started making the dress 3 days before the concert! Good luck with your costume  Smiley

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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2007 12:34:47 AM »

Styrofoam and turquoise paint. Cut in into beads with an exacto, poke a hole through it with a bamboo skewer, paint and thread.

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« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2007 06:32:28 AM »

blue/turquoise ribbon? with a white pendant.. haha..
« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2007 09:18:53 AM »

Hi, I don't know if this is a little late or not... Or if someone even suggested it yet but, you could try needle felting it (something I know nothing about but love the way it looks).  Or sewing one out of felt.  I say felt because it can hold just about any shape and it's kind of soft and light.  I dunno maybe I'm wrong.  Good luck.
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« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2007 02:01:00 PM »

Thanks guys! There's so many ideas I don't know which one to pick lol --- I'll try to remember to post pics when I'm done.  Thanks again!
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2007 12:37:01 AM »

hey, this is probably way too late, but I remembered your post when I came across this site. If you like making paper beads it could look really good if you haven't made it yet. Tongue
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I can imagine this looking great, but could take quite a long time!
Anyway, good luck with the costume, and looking forward to pics!
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