Do you like to make jewelry with scented, natural objects? If so, you may want to consider making a pomander pendant necklace. Based on my experience, pomander pendant necklaces are attractive and smell good. They are also easy to put together. Here’s how to do it:
In order to complete this project, you will need a miniature orange, a knitting needle, a leather cord necklace, a bottle of whole cloves and a bottle of orange essential oil. You should be able to purchase the knitting needle, the leather cord necklace and the bottle of orange essential oil through most major craft retailers. The whole cloves and miniature oranges should be available for purchase at major grocery stores and specialty shops.
Assemble the Pomander Pendant
Begin by threading the knitting needle through the center of the miniature orange and leaving it there. Then grab a whole clove and insert it into the top of the miniature orange. Continue by inserting a second whole clove next to the first one. I should also mention that the two cloves should be as close to each other as possible. Otherwise, the orange peel will show through and your finished necklace won’t look as attractive. Keep going by inserting additional cloves into the orange until it is completely encased in cloves.
Next, suspend the clove studded orange in a dry, warm, well ventilated area of your home and let it dry. As far as the suspension method goes, you could opt to tie string to the knitting needle and hang it somewhere or balance the knitting needle in between two identical cans of soup. Either way, you goal should be to position the orange in a way that allows air to circulate completely around it. On average, the drying time will take two weeks. You will know that the orange has dried completely when it has shrunk to half its size and feels 50% lighter than before.
Once the orange has dried, remove the knitting needle and insert the leather cord necklace through the remaining hole. Then add one to two drops of orange essential oil to the cloves. It will help to strengthen the pomander pendant’s scent.
At this point, your pomander pendant necklace is technically complete. However, you could opt to add additional items to it should you so desire to do so. Other items that tend to pair well with the pomander pendant are wooden beads and cork balls. You can typically purchase both through jewelry making shops and craft stores. Prices for the items will vary based on the retailer.
Source: Personal Experience
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