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Making Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Necklaces

oquirrh mountain fairy necklace how to by kelly parke

This fun fairy necklace started from my Wing Wall illustration at the 2019 Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Book launch.

I made a poster to hang outside the Book Nook so visitors could get their photo taken with fairy wings.

I created the original artwork in Adobe Illustrator, shrunk it down and edited it, then used 3D modeling software to slice for 3D printing.

Once printed, a mini-drill was used on the end of each wing so jump rings could be inserted.

Spray-painted with silver and glitter spray-paint and the pendant was ready!

wing wall poster illustration by kelly parke
Wing Wall Poster Illustration by Kelly Parke
fairy pendant 3d modeling
Fairy Pendant 3D Modeling
printing fairy pendants on 3d printer
Printing Fairy Pendants on MakerBot 3D Printer
1st round 3d fairy print
First-Round 3D Fairy Print
drilling holes in fairy pendant
Drilling Holes in Fairy Pendant

The Oquirrh Mountain Fairy necklaces are a tri-strand: one strand is the mineral pendant, 2nd strand is made up of sparkly beads and a small pendant, 3rd strand is the 3D printed fairy pendant (shown above).

The agate mineral pendant takes months to create: mineral hunting and mining minerals out of the earth in Wendover; breaking seam agate chunk into sizes suitable for tumbling; tumbling at different speeds, with 4 different grits, over 30+ days.

Once the agate is nice and shiny, it is attached to a bell bale, jump ring, then the silver chain.

mineral hunting large seam agate chunk
Mineral Hunting Large Seam Agate Chunk
mineral hunting in wendover
Mineral Hunting in Wendover
breaking rocks
Breaking Rocks
rocks and minerals after tumbling
Rocks & Minerals Washed After Tumbling
oquirrh mountain fairy necklace assembly
Fairy Necklace Assembly
oquirrh mountain fairy necklace assembly
Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Necklace Assembly
oquirrh mountain fairy necklace assembling beaded strand
Assembling Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Necklace Beaded Strand
bead strands
Bead Strands

Next is the bead strand, which includes beads from projects over the years and new beads from a local shop.

Because I used yarn, jump rings and clasps had to be glued on (won’t be doing that again…must check size of bead hole next time or use fishing line). That took extra time, but, still made show deadline.

oquirrh mountain fairy necklace on costume
Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Necklace on Costume
oquirrh mountain fairy necklace on display
Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Necklace on Display
oquirrh mountain fairy necklace practice card and finished card
Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Necklace Practice Card & Finished Card
oquirrh mountain fairy necklaces in package
Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Necklaces Packaged Up & Ready For The Show!

The Oquirrh Mountain Fairy Necklace was on a fairy costume, featured in a display case with all the minerals for book #2 in the series “Mineral Beauty”.

The fairy necklace and entire costume was donated to the Children’s Justice Center as part of a silent auction.

oquirrh mountain fairies mineral show display
Oquirrh Mountain Fairies Mineral Show Display