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Transfer an image to metal

Dress up a toggle for an asymmetrical lariat

I wanted a warm, mixed-metal piece with the closure as part of the design, so I started with a bunch of different metal components. I kept the beads to a minimum to punctuate the graphic black floral imagery. 

SUPPLIES

Lariat 19 in. (48 cm) 

  • 3 4–6 mm beads
  • 16–20 in. (41–51 cm) chain, 9 mm links
  • 13–17 in. (33–43 cm) chain, 5 mm links
  • 2 in. (5 cm) chain, 3–4 mm links
  • 17–21 in. (43–53 cm) chain, 3 mm links
  • 7 in. (18 cm) chain, 2–3 mm links
  • 3 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pins
  • oval toggle pendant 
  • toggle ring
  • twig connector
  • twig toggle bar
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • paintbrush
  • paper towels
  • scissors
  • sealant, such as Nunn Design Sealant
  • transfer sheet
  • water

Supplies from Nunn Designs. Visit nunndesign.com for store locations. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Transfer an image to metal Step 1
Step 1
Cut an image from a transfer sheet to fit an oval toggle pendant. Soak the image in water for 40 seconds. Slide the filmy portion of the transfer onto the oval. Discard the backing and dab the image with a paper towel to remove the excess water.
Transfer an image to metal Step 2
Step 2
Use a paintbrush to apply a thin coat of sealant over the entire pendant. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat and allow to dry.
Transfer an image to metal Step 3
Step 3
On a head pin, string a 4–6 mm bead. Make a plain loop. Make three bead units.
Transfer an image to metal Step 4
Step 4
Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of 3–4 mm link chain. Open the loop of a bead unit and attach an end link. Close the loop. Repeat with a 3-in. (7.6 cm) and a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of 2–3 mm link chain.
Transfer an image to metal Step 5
Step 5
Open the end link of the 2-in. (5 cm) chain. String the pendant’s hole and attach another link of the chain. Close the link. Repeat with the remaining chains.
Transfer an image to metal Step 6
Step 6
Cut a three-link piece of 9 mm link chain. Attach one end and the pendant’s loop. Attach the other end and the small loop of a toggle ring.
Transfer an image to metal Step 7
Step 7
Use a 9 mm link to attach the toggle ring and a loop of a twig connector. Cut a 14–18-in. (36–46 cm) piece of 9 mm link chain. Attach one end to the twig connector’s other loop.
Transfer an image to metal Step 8
Step 8
Cut a 13–17-in. (33–43 cm) piece of 5 mm link chain. Attach one end to the 9 mm chain near the connector.
Transfer an image to metal Step 9
Step 9
Cut a 13–17-in. (33–43 cm) piece of 3 mm link chain. Attach one end to the 5 mm chain.
Transfer an image to metal Step 10
Step 10
On the other end, attach the 3 mm chain to the 5 mm chain. Attach the 5 mm chain to the 9 mm chain. Attach the 9 mm chain to a twig toggle bar.
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