You know those funky strings of novelty lights? The ones with plastic bulb covers shaped like animals, chili peppers, flamingos, lanterns or anything kitsch-worthy? That's where I got my little moo cows.
My light string was a yard sale find. If you go looking, you can find the cutest iterations, both new and vintage.
I know this necklace is not for everybody, but it is most definitely for me. And perhaps, if you find a light string with something that catches your personality, it could be for you, too.
Poke a tiny hole opposite the pre-existing opening. Try pointy scissors or a pushpin. (If your plastic is really tough, you could use a Dremel tool or melt a hole with a hot poker.)
Add a headpin.
If you don't have a headpin long enough to go all the way through your critter, use craft wire to make a faux headpin, like this:
Add a bead to fill in the opening. Fold the wire over and trim to about 3/4 inch.
Make a loop.
Heavens to Besty - that right there is your finished pendant!!!
String it just as you would any pendant.
I liked the look of pearls with my mini moo. On this casual one, I used some vintage pearl trim.
Going a little more schmancy, I strung another li'l cow with big freshwater pearls and a sterling silver clasp.
Hee hee. I love them!
From here on out, I'm going to keep these light strings on my shopping list when I go thrifting. What about you?