I’ve read A LOT of great books over the last month or so but one that just blew me away was The Ward by Jordana Frankel. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of it (it should be in bookstores everywhere tomorrow) and I just fell in love. But more about that later.
As with all books that I love I wanted to immortalize it in craft. There were a few things that stood out to my crafty side. First the phrase “Good Skill” as a substitute for “Good Luck” I really liked that concept. And then the main character Ren wears good luck pennies on a necklace. So I decided to make myself a “Be Like Ren” necklace. And I absolutely love it. I just like the look of it!
But even if you’re not a book geek I think this could be a super darling Mother’s Day project. You could find pennies in the years that the mom’s kiddos were born and then instead of the “Good Skill” quote you could use a dictionary page on the word “mom” or “mother”. I think that would be really sweet.
Penny Necklace Tutorial
- Jump Rings
- Frame Pendant (found mine at Michael’s)
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Printed text or other image
First you want to put holes in your pennies I just drilled them in with a regular drill. Easy. Then add jump rings to the pennies. Make sure to separate the rings by pushing the sides parallel as opposed to just opening the circle.
To make the pendant you want to measure the size of your works image space. I used 2×4 pendants and the space was 1.75×0.75 inches so that’s the size I made my text. Scan your image, size it, and print it. Trim along the edges. Then glue the paper into the pendant. Let dry.
Then add a thin coat of dimensional magic. This will give it a glassy resin like finish (I’ve said it before but this is my absolute favorite craft product). Let dry for a few hours (I just do it overnight).
Attach the pennies to the pendant with jump rings and string on a chain and you are good to go!
More on the Book: The Ward
And if you are curious about the book that inspired this project, The Ward, I like to describe it as a dystopian Speed Racer in water meets American folklore. The synopsis which you can read on amazon or goodreads made it sound interesting but it’s so much more than it describes. Something really clicked with me for this one. Like in the way that Insignia, Ender’s Game and Ready Player One clicked for me. Really I loved it. There are so many layers to the story which made it more interesting. And it is definitely it’s own unique thing. The Ward is a fast paced fresh story, with great characters, conflict, action and unexpected twists. It’s a bit hard to describe without giving too much stuff away but suffice it to say it is one of the only books I gave 5 stars to so far this year. You can read my full review here.