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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow fall officially begins. Our attention is now turning toward the next holiday that is a little over a month away – Halloween! Scary, isn’t it?!
If you are planning a Halloween celebration, you can easily create these personalized treat bag tags that will be treasured long after the party is over. Slip the tag onto leather, cord, or other stringing material and it magically becomes a pendent for a necklace that can be worn any time of year!
These treat bag tags/Halloween pendents will be an extra special treat for your guest and are simple to make with almost no tricks to it. Check out the tutorial below to conjure up your own.
- Soldering Iron
- Heat Resistant Surface *Tip* Remnant large ceramic tile works well.
- Copper Foil Tape – 1/4 inch wide
- Gel Flux & Brush
- 2 Microscope Slides
- Lead Free Solder
- Sterling Silver Jump Ring
- Bone Folder
- Martha Stewart Halloween Scrapbook Paper
- Third Hand
- Letters from magazines to spell names
- Mod Podge w/ brush
- Krylon Craft Paint Pen in Black
- Trace an image you want to use from the Martha Stewart Halloween Scrapbook paper using a microscope slide and pen.
- Cut out your image. Make sure your image fits inside the glass. Trim off any paper that extends past the edges of the slide.
- Apply the letters from magazines to spell the name of your guest on your paper using Mod Podge. *Tip* Rub the shovel end of the bead tweezers over your letters to ensure they are laying flat.
- Place your piece of paper with the name between two slides.
- Wrap copper foil around the edges of your slides. Make sure your slides are in the center of the tape. This will ensure that the copper tape will be even on both sides.
- Press down the tape onto the slide with your fingers. Use your fingernail to press down the corners. Rub the tape with a bone folder to ensure the tape adheres tightly.
- Brush flux gel onto the copper tape covering in completely. The flux is what helps the solder adhere to the copper foil tape.
- Lay your pendent on a heat resistant surface. Use your soldering iron to pick up a small amount of Lead Free Solder. Skim the tip of your soldering iron with the solder over the copper tape on the front of your pendent. Once the solder has cooled, repeat on back.
- Use your tweezers to hold your pendent on the heat resistant surface so you are able to solder around the edges in the same manor you did the front. You may need to do more than one coat to build up the amount of solder you like.
- Once you are finished soldering around the edges, use a third hand to hold your pendent so the bottom is flat against your heat resistant surface.
- Grasp your jump ring with your hemostats. Brush the bottom of the ring with flux so it will easily attach to your pendent.
- With one hand, use your hemostats to hold in place the jump ring on the center of the top of your pendent. Use your soldering iron to slowly melt the metal on either side of the jump ring. You will know it is attached when you feel the jump ring “drop” into the metal.
- Remove the hemostats from the jump ring and let the pendent cool before removing from the third hand.
- Color the silver solder black using the Krylon Craft Paint Pen to give the pendent a more festive look.
- Tie onto your Halloween Treat Bags for your guests to enjoy!
If you have any questions about beading, or the Soldered Halloween Pendents and Treat Bags, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com and BeadphoriaBoutique.com.