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This month is not only the time of the Chinese New Year, it's also time for Valentine's Day. My wife has always wanted a pendant that has the Zodiac sign of the year of her birth but the pendants that she found were too "Mystic" or "Fantasy" looking. You know, that "Dungeons & Dragons" look. She wanted a pendant with a dragon that looked more like the ones on the Zodiac place mats at a Chinese resturant., a traditional Chinese style dragon. So natch, I offered to make her a pendant out of wood for Valentine's Day. Low & behold, she liked the idea too!

A pendant doesn't take much wood so the nicely figured Cherry that I have left from other projects was perfect. I searched the "net" for dragon stencils & found one that was suitable to her taste & modified it on a graphics program to make it more scrollsaw friendly & to reduce the size down to fit on a 2-1/4" tall pendant. After printing the design on paper, I sprayed adhesive on the back & stuck it to a piece of cherry that I had milled down to about 3/16" thick. After drilling a starting hole in the wood I sawed out the design & then sawed out the over-all shape. I sanded the edges & drilled & chamfered a hole for the pendant to hang on & finished it with Danish oil.

Now I reverted back to one of my too many hobbies… I got out my leathercraft tools & found a "lace maker". I used a nice piece of latigo leather & pulled off about 15 feet of lace. After suspending the pendant in the center of a strand of lace I cut it to length & made two adjustable knots. Fini!

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Cool looking pendant.
 

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I like the pendant very much. But you'll have to make another one… It's the year of the rabbilt.
Cheers,
 

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Yes, I know that. But my wife was born in the year of the Dragon. It was made for her birth year not for this new year. I'm glad that you like it though.
 

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Nice job, and as a fellow leather worker I especially liked the latigo with the unusual use of a couple of hangman's knots.
 
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