Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gift Project: Hardware Chokers

From the McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine (Spring/Summer, 1971, issue), comes the instructions to make these hardware chokers.

The supplies needed are strips of suede, self-hardening clay (non-firing), metal hardware (tacks, screws, washers, brads, snaps, etc.), glue, clear nail polish, & paper clips. (May also need incidentals such as needle & thread.)

While I find making gifts can sometimes be as (if not more) expensive than buying gifts, these chokers are worth sharing for several reasons.

One, since they can be made with objects found around the house (in lieu of suede you could opt for other fabric strips), they should be relatively inexpensive; and if you make the gifts together as a family activity, a little extra expense can be seen as a family entertainment expense.

And two, since these necklaces are made with hardware, this craft project is one which may be of more interest to boys. You could also modify the project, replacing the fabric strips with findings for key rings etc., to make more masculine gifts.

Complete instructions available in the last scan.


Nicola O. said...

What a neat project. I could see doing this with different kinds of ribbon too, or even "boy-friendly" holiday ornament projects, no ribbon or suede needed. Could be a good way to get rid some of the more mysterious objects in the junk drawer and the bottom of the tool box....

Deanna Dahlsad said...

Ah, the junk drawer... such sweet mysteries await!

Also, uou can find jars or old mis-matched hardware at rummage sales quite cheap & some of those old upholstery tacks were actually pretty!

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