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How To Make Your Own Initial Pendant


Monogrammed items are becoming all the rage when it comes to gift giving in today's world. 
It seems as though every time you turn around there is someone offering to put your name on a 
towel, a cup, a washcloth, a place setting, a set of dishes, a brush, a mirror, a Christmas Tree 
ornament, a body part-you get the idea. Why is this so popular? Monograms are in vogue 
because it gives people a thrill to look at an object and have it proudly declaring for the world 
to see that it is theirs. It's an alpha male thing going back to the days when humans were little 
more than animals.


With jewelry the monogram often serves two purposes. It can proclaim to the world the owner 
of the jewelry or it can proclaim the man or woman to whom the owner belongs. (Generally this
 is a man-most men do not choose to walk around with a piece of jewelry with a woman's name 
or initial hanging around their neck unless it was given to them as a gift, and even then not willingly
 and not when she isn't looking.) Either way, creating one of these pendants is fun and easy, 
and is an activity enjoyed by many. Remember, it does not have to necessarily be worn by you. 
Jewelry makes a great gift, and having some of it stockpiled aside when Christmas rolls around 
can go a long way towards making the stress of the holidays a little bit easier.


There are two ways you can make your own pendant. For those who are ambitious jewelers 
you can choose to purchase the silver yourself and shape it. There are many methods by which y
ou can do this. The easiest method for the beginning silversmith is probably to purchase a mold, 
melt the silver down to its liquid form over a safe heat source (this is probably not something you 
want to attempt over your kitchen stove) and pour the silver into the mold. A ceramic crucible 
(remember your high school chemistry class?) and a torch is generally considered the safest and 
most effective method of melting down silver. While the silver is still hot, make a loop on the top
 that you can string a chain through. The chain you will probably want to purchase from a store
 unless you have a great deal of experience in jewelry making; small links are very difficult.
For those who are less inspired it is possible to simply buy an already finished charm from any c
raft store (or department store that has a craft section) and purchase a chain. These can be found
 in such retail establishments as Michael's, JoAnn Fabrics or WalMart. This is much easier and 
safer than melting down the silver but does not afford the wearer nearly as much choice as if they
 had made their own.

time. 

Aside from being too far away from you, other problems that you might encounter—especially if you 
are a first time bird watcher—is the dim light shaded by trees, the glint of sunlight that can affect your sight, and the hidden places where birds go to play. So, when you are into bird watching, it is always best to have a general knowledge on bird's attitudes and observe them carefully. You might not name them properly the first time but you definitely can the next time if you pay proper attention in observing them. 
The following are just of the helpful tips that can help you in your very first bird watching session: 

Always keep on eye on one bird. Bird watching is more effective if one uses a binocular. When 
you are bird watching, try to spot only one bird that catches your attention. Once you have seen 
one, never take your eyes off it because it might fly to a place where you cannot see it.

In most bird watching centers, beginners are given a field guide in a form of a booklet or 
brochure so they can identify the bird once they have seen one. Once you know what is it, take 
time to observe its physical details as well as its behaviors and mannerisms. Make sure that you 
observe the bird's movements, markings, feeding habits, songs, color, and size so you can easily 
identify it the next time you see it. 

- Make sure that you listen intently for the bird's calls and song. Although listening for a 
bird's song is easy, it doesn’t stay long in a person's memory. What you should do is to listen 
intently when the bird calls or sings and play the bird's song in your mind repetitively. 
Listening to a bird's call and song is important because it can help you identify the bird even 
without seeing it. 

- Take time to estimate the bird's shape and general size. The average shape and size of the bird 
will give you a huge clue in finding out the family it came from. In bird watching, make sure 
that you assess its overall appearance and take note of its approximate size and shape. Once you 
can tell from the size and shape of the bird what kind is it, then you are doing good. 

- Pay attention to the bill characteristics and facial markings of the bird in sight. This is one 
of the hardest things to do because the average of almost all birds are small. They also keep on 
moving so it will be hard to take note any unique markings on their faces. It is also equally 
hard to take note of characteristics of its bills because most birds keep on pecking all the 
time.

To get these details, spot a bird that doesn’t fly around that much. Once you find one, start 
observing it's head by looking for any distinguishing hue patches or color strips. These can be 
present in their eye lines, crowns, napes, and arcs or in the rings. 

 
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