Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Golden Snitch Necklace - Harry Potter Inspired

If you follow me on Facebook, you might remember me mentioning I'd come up with a few more Harry Potter themed projects.  Here's one of them...

This project took about 10 minutes to do...but the supplies have been waiting around for me since before Christmas.  I had the idea to make some Harry Potter themed jewelry...but I don't know all that much about making jewelry...so I just wandered around the bead making department of an awesome little craft store near my in-laws house looking for anything that I thought might work.  I found some silver colored wings and this gold, glittery bead that opens and is held together by a really strong magnet.  (Not sure if it's supposed to be a bead?  Or a really fancy clasp?  Or it was just designed to be made into snitch jewelry.)
This is more a collection of tips than an actual tutorial because I was completely making it up as I went along.

If you want to make your own, here is what you'll need:

1 magnetic golden ball bead.
2 silver wings
4 ring things (I think they're called findings...but "findings" means SO many different things.
1 chain or cord with things on the end to attach your rings to.
Needle-nosed pliers to put the findings on.

The silver wings I bought already had a hole in them at the base.  I had to use the 1/16th inch drill bit and drill the hole in the tip.  I wasn't able to take a picture while I was doing it, but the set up I used looked something like what I was doing here with the owl (which might give you a clue about an upcoming project)...the wing on top of a block of scrap wood, so the drill bit would go into the wood after going through the wing.

This necklace will work best if the cord/chain is fairly short...just slightly roomier than a choker.  The gold bead is pretty heavy, so if there's much extra length in there the wings don't stay spread very well.  My cord was a little long for Katie, so I put a little knot in the back to shorten it until I get around to shortening it the right way.

The only problem I'm having right now is that I only bought one of those magnetic beads...and all the kids including Seth, think a necklace that comes apart and goes back together with a magnet is just the coolest thing ever...and the fact that it's a snitch is just icing on the cake.
Becca has always loved Hermione and Ginny...and she decided Ginny was even cooler when she heard that Ginny likes to catch snitches just like Harry.  So I guess I need to go look for some more of these beads next time I'm at my in-laws.

And now if you don't feel up to gathering the supplies and making one, Snitch necklaces are now available in my shop.

I have lots of Harry Potter inspired gifts and fun things in my shop.  The selection is always changing.

See these links for more details about other Harry Potter themed crafts we've done...and be sure to check back because I'll be adding more as I get them written up.

Gryffindor Deathly Hallows Quilt


 Hogwarts Crest Quilt

Slytherin Quilt - Green and Silver
 Slytherin Quilt

 Giant Monster Book of Monster Cushion (No Sew)

Golden Snitch Birthday Cake
 Slytherin Quilt


Granger-Lovegood 2016 Election Shirts 

Potter - Weasley 2016 Election Shirts 


Lumos and Nox Quilt

Harry Potter Party Overview


 Hedwig Necklace

Accio Book Tote Tutorial - Freezer Paper Stencil 
Harry Potter Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil

Easy Harry Potter Wands 

Printable Hogwarts Library Book Plates

Printable Harry Potter Valentines

Easy Harry Potter (Hogwarts) House Scarves

Golden Snitch Necklace

Golden Snitch Cupcakes

Ron Weasley "I'm a Keeper" Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil

Ginny Weasley's Golden Snitch Skirt
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Boy Version)
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Girl Version)
Harry Potter Wizard Robe in 15 Minutes from a T-shirt

Harry Potter Family Themed Costumes

Harry Potter Inspired Charm Ornaments

Harry Potter Printable Spell Books

Harry Potter Printable Dementor Themed Chocolate Bar Wrappers Books

The Hermione Skirt
Dementor's Kiss-Away Free Printable Party Favor or Valentine

DIY Hogwarts Robe for 18-inch Doll

Hermione in the Library - CraftingCon Post

Harry Potter Potions Ornaments

 Harry Potter Robes with Oly*Fun

 The Wand Skirt

 Always Doe Pillow

Deathly Hallows Pillow
 Deathly Hallows Pillow

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Hedwig Necklace from Pieces by Polly

Mockingjay Necklace from Boutique Academia
Modern Black and Gold Hexies Baby Quilt from Pieces by Polly

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  1. Ooh, I want one, too. :) This is a very cool project. I wouldn't have thought of drilling the extra holes. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Oh, I love this more than words could ever express!

  3. after hunting around I finally found this center piece!http://www.etsy.com/listing/127840413/33360-matte-gold-tone-alloy-ball?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted&utm_campaign=supplies_low&gclid=CPz8zYOnjrcCFSJlMgodxGsAlg


  4. Omgoodnes you are the best mom ever! Harry Potter crafts?! That is so awesome!! I popped over from Or So She Says...--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  5. Hi! This project is wonderful! Is the center piece 16mm? Or 8 mm?

    1. It's a little over half an inch...so I'd go with the 16mm option. The wings are a little over an inch, which I believe is somewhere around 28-30mm. Good luck!

  6. Oh, and how long are the wings? I have to purchase all materials online, so I can't compare the pieces. Many thanks!

  7. What a fun idea this is! Really love your creativity here! We are Harry Potter Fans as well - so fun! You're right -- the magnet part of the necklace is just great for kids! Thanks for the inspiration. Catherine (new follower)

  8. Love this snitch necklace. So glad I saw it on the linky party. I pinned it.

  9. How cute! So fun that it's magnetic.
    I'm visiting you today from Sugar Bee Crafts. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat). I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party


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