Tutorial by Melinda

alveston Necklace

What’s the first thing one might need for an ocean voyage? A map, of course! Looking at my map of the United States, I decided that Galveston Bay looked like a lovely place to launch my trip (mainly because the names fit my wooden sailboat cutout.) I love making jewelry using fragments of maps. It renews my sense of adventure.

I decided that, since this necklace was going to be a bit casual, white braided cord would be the perfect thing to pair with my map-clad focal piece. The connector is actually a tiny pulley from a box of model shipbuilding supplies someone gave me, and the lovely little blue crystal bead was leftover from my Welcome To India box!

The finished necklace measures 19 ½ inches. To make it longer or shorter, you can easily adjust the size of the cord.


Supplies From Your Box:
White Cord
Cord End Caps
White Wooden Sailboat Cutout

Additional Tools and Supples:
Craft Blade
Jump Rings: (6) antique brass twisted 9mm, (6) antique brass twisted 6mm, (1) 8mm oval
Stronghold Adhesive: E6000
Mod Podge: Ultra Matte
Jewelry Files
One-Step Looper Tool
Head Pin: antique brass, ball-end
Connector (I used a pulley from a model ship building set)
Blue Crystal Bead


1. Cut (2) 8” lengths of white cord.
2. Put a fairly generous amount of adhesive onto the ends of the cord and glue them into the end caps. Allow adhesive to dry completely (over night.)
3. Attach clasp and jump ring to end caps.
4. Use (3) large and (4) small twisted jump rings to attach the two free end caps to one another.
5. Find a section of map to use for your image. Place the sailboat over that section and trace around it with a pen or pencil.
6. Cut out the circle.

7. Paint the front of the wooden sailboat with Mod Podge. Press the map circle onto the glue firmly and clean up any excess glue.
8. Put the circle face down onto a flat surface and put something heavy on it, like a coffee cup or a book. Allow it to dry for a few hours.
9. Once the glue is dry. Carefully remove the excess paper from the image, using a craft knife. (I’ve found it helps to begin from the back, tracing the outlines carefully with the blade.)

10. Carefully file away any remaining excess paper with a small jewelry file. Use a round file to clean the excess paper around the top hole.
11. Seal the front with several coats of Mod Podge and allow to dry.
12. Make the bottom charm using a head pin, small blue crystal bead, and a looper tool.
13. Use jump rings to attach the top of the sailboat to the center of the chain, and also to attach the pulley connector to the bottom of the sailboat and the crystal bead dangle to the bottom of the pulley.

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Melinda Barnett lives in Stanwood, WA with her husband, three horses, and two big spotted dogs. More of her work can be seen at BeesOnPie.blogspot.com. She welcomes email at melinda.erickson@hotmail.com