How to Make an Ancient Egyptian Style Ankh Necklace

In Ancient Egyptian times, the ankh was a symbol of life, and therefore a powerful talisman. Read on to create your own ankh amulet.

Steps

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    Take your wire and bend it into the shape of an ankh. See above for an image.
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    Paper mache around the shape. Try to embed the jump ring in the paper mache.
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    Wait for the ankh to dry.
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    Paint the ankh white and wait for it to dry. This is to cover up the newspaper writing underneath and give the pendant a smoother finish.
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    Paint the ankh again (any colour).
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    Apply a second coat if necessary. Make sure the paint isn't too thin that you can see through to the white underneath, but you don't want it too thick and bulky either.
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    Once the final layer has dried, thread the chain through the jump ring.
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    Put it around your neck and decide what length you'd like the chain to be.
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    Cut the chain and add the clasp.
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    Done! Wear your necklace either with an Ancient Egyptian costume or on its own.

Tips

  • Good colours to paint your ankh include:
    • Blue
    • Green
    • Silver
    • Gold
    • Black
  • Don't make the ankh too heavy.
  • Do not paint your ankh red. It was considered the colour of chaos and evil.

Warnings

  • Pliers can be sharp - be careful!
  • Paper mache can get very messy.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire
  • White paint
  • Paint - any colour except red
  • Pliers
  • Chain
  • Clasp
  • Jump ring
  • Paper mache glue
  • Newspaper

Sources and Citations

  • Wikimedia

Article Info

Categories: Historical Costumes | Necklace and Choker Projects