DIY Comic Book Necklace

GUEST DIY WEDNESDAY: Courtesy of Big Girl Baubles

My husband is a big comic book geek (I am too, I’ll admit it!). He’s been collecting for 25+ years. Among his treasures there are some real duds! Now most fans would run away screaming at the blasphemy of cutting up a comic book, but something had to be done with all the bad books out there.

These necklaces were actually inspired by a project I saw for a bowl made of one very large paper coil. I love geometric designs, but someone suggested I make one of these in the shape of an “X” since I was using an X-Men book at the time. I started with more abstract shapes but finally did the “X”!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win your choice of comic book necklace from Big Girl Baubles. To enter, comment on this post and tell us your favorite comic book (duh!). Ash and Kimmy can’t say that they did much comic book reading as kids, but Kimmy adores “Watchmen” and Ash will always think Batman (and thus the comic) is a total dreamboat.

Materials:
Comic book
Glue stick
Liquid glue (like Elmer’s)
Large eyed needle
Metal chain
Jump rings
Bamboo skewer (or other similarly shaped and sized stick-like object)
Lobster, spring ring, or other necklace clasp
Jewelry pliers
Rubber bands
Mod Podge (or other sealant for paper)
Small paint brush

Directions:

1. Find a comic book with little or no value. I usually stock up on “Free Comic Book Day”; the first Saturday in May every year comic book stores and other retailers give out books that are stamped “Free Comic Book Day” and are therefore not worth much to collectors. You can also use magazines, catalogs, or anything that has color. Each page of the comic book is about 6 5/8″ by 10 1/8″. I cut each page into 3 strips lengthwise (a hair shy of 2 ¼” wide). I used a guillotine cutter to make it easier, but scissors work nicely too!

2. Take each strip, fold it in half lengthwise, and then fold the outsides in to the center seam

3. Lightly glue each strip (I use a glue stick) down the quarter flaps and the middle and press it together so that it’s flat. I usually weight the strips under a heavy book or something of a similar weight for about 10 minutes to keep them flat.

4. Once your strips have dried, tape several together end-to-end. I wrap the tape around the paper completely. I wish I could find a better method because the tape is a little unsightly in the coil, but glues don’t seem to get the job done the way I want. Note: I have used 2, 3, and 5 strips to make coils of different sizes.

5. Now the frustrating, I mean fun part. Start coiling your strips. I start mine around a bamboo skewer to get a nice round hole in the center. When you’ve coiled it around about 5 times you can pull it off the skewer and keep coiling. Pull it tight as you go and get ready for some to pop out of your hands and come undone! I don’t glue along the way because it makes it really messy.

6. When you’re done, put a line of liquid (i.e. Elmer’s) glue along the inside of the last inch or so of the coil. Smooth it out and wrap a rubber band around it fairly tightly to let it set. I find 5 minutes is usually good enough and I can pull the rubber band off to use on my next coil.

7. With a fairly stiff brush, coat each coil with Mod Podge. I do one side, forcing the Mod Podge in between the layers, let it dry and then turn over and do the other side. You can use your bamboo skewer to clean out the center hole.

8. After your coils have dried, arrange them in a pattern. I try to turn the seams in and usually tack them together with some glue.

9. Find an interesting thread and stitch away between the coils. I used cotton embroidery thread on the fuchsia one. I used a larger gauge beading needle and made three passes at each coil to coil seam. I wasn’t able to do it in one continuous line of stitching, so there are some knots on the back. GLUE YOUR KNOTS!!!

10. I also made passes over the outer edge of the top coils so I could attach my jump rings. Use your pliers to open the rings and thread them underneath your stitches. Close the jump rings.

11. Attach your chain to the jump rings, add a clasp, and it is ready to wear!

Photo: Courtesy of Big Girl Baubles
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32 comments to DIY Comic Book Necklace

  • Nice DIY, thanks for sharing ! About step 4, I was thinking you may want to stitch the strips together, possibly using waxed linen like you would to make a book ? It may be less unsightly yet strong enough ?

  • My favorite commic book was Superman.

  • I can see myself being able to make these out of glassy magazine pages, or even junk mail. It all depends on what look you want on the outside. I like the idea of stitching the pieces together so long as you coated it sufficiently in another glue like mod podge afterwards so it wouldn’t tear.

  • Jeanne S

    Nice. Out of bad comic books rise superhero necklaces. Very cool. I’ve always been more of a dilbert & calvin & hobbs kind of person, but they do make interesting jewelery.

  • thalia

    i gotta say, my favorite comic books are archie comics! i STILL have a huge drawerful and read them at the gym!

  • sarah

    Akira! Old Japanamation from the old days (before it was called Anime).

  • Cortney

    Ok, so I never read comics, but that bottle of Mod Podge just gave me some pretty violent summer camp flashbacks! Oh man, I want to Mod Podge something RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Meg

    Wonderwoman!!

  • FUN project! I agree it would suit any sort of old paper products! And, I’m a die hard X-men fan. Although sadly I never read many comics as a child, I loved the cartoon and now the movies…

  • James

    This one time, at band camp….we read some superman comics, because our band director said he thought it would teach us some moral character. I’m pretty sure those were the only comic books I ever read, aside from Calvin and Hobbs, and I love Calvin and Hobbs so much, I could never cut them up! But these necklaces are very cool. There’s a special someone in my life that would dearly enjoy one!

  • mar

    x-men. definitely (:

  • Jessica C.

    My favorite Comic is the Walking Dead. Gotta love zombies!

    luckysluna(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Ana Belén

    My favorite Comic book is “Mortadelo y Filemón”

    Spain

  • Shayla

    To be honest, Archie comics still remind me of being a kid!

    scybulski at mac dot com.

  • Clarissa

    No Doubt! For me it was “Topolino,” the Italian version of Mickey Mouse that I bought and read every week.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topolino

  • lormeh

    I almost didn’t read comics as a kid, but I must admit, I liked the Donald Duck ones.

    leemoor1 at gmail dot com

  • the archie comic books! i’d always read them while in line at the grocery store.

  • ooo!! my favorite is Johnny the Homicidal Maniac! i wish i could live in that world! thanks for this awesome opportunity!

  • Grace

    wow, I love this idea of making a necklace! My favourite comic has to be Calvin and Hobbs. Wish it’d come back!

  • I am a big fan of Spiderman!

  • katie

    I read A LOT of the Archie comics and i also loved the batman!

  • Anything from Batman! I’ve been so fascinated by him for a long, long time. I like Wonder Woman too, though, especially the earlier ones. ^_^

  • Michelle

    I never really read many comic books growing up… but my husband said his favorite will always be G.I. Joe!

  • lola malone

    ever since I was very little, I have always had a crush on spiderman. I would have ot pick him.

  • I used to be pretty obsessed with Sailor Moon comic books – that is until my little sister decided that they were all hers instead!

  • Hmmmm… my favorite comic book… do the Far Side collections count? They’re comics, but I don’t know about “comic books.” :P

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