You learn about the solar system when you're in elementary school, but as you grow up, it becomes more and more fascinating. With age comes a greater understanding of how incredible the entire universe is, that our little group of orbiting rocks is just one teeny tidbit within the grand scheme of things.
Whether you love the planets because science is awesome, or just because they're pretty, this necklace is perfect for you.
You can take the solar system everywhere you go!
Here's what you'll need:
An assortment of wooden beads, bright and metallic acrylic paint, a 30-inch necklace chain, a paintbrush, and a wooden skewer.
Pick out which size bead each planet will be.
It's never going to be accurate, but you can get the general idea across!
Then, start painting! It's easier if you put the bead on a wooden skewer.
For the sun, do a layer of metallic gold, then orange, and another layer of metallic gold to give it some dimension.
All Mercury and Pluto (yes, we're including Pluto. You got a problem?) need is a layer of metallic silver. Venus gets a base of orange and a finish of metallic copper.
For Earth, you're going to have to consult a globe...or just wing it for an abstract effect.
For the planet we all may someday live on...it's orange with a layer of red.
For Jupiter, you can just do plain copper, though if you want to get fancy you can try to get the characteristic spot by mixing in some gold.
Saturn gets gold and silver...then you put a ring on it, because you like it that much.
Uranus gets blue, then a layer of silver, but Neptune, my personal fave, gets blue with a striking silver ring.
Once they're all dry, thread them onto your chain in order and you've got not only the world on a string, but the whole solar system!
(source Handmade Charlotte)
Remember that you can get as detailed and creative as you want! Draw a tiny spaceman on Mars or a UFO on Saturn. Any which way you do it, this will be, by far, the best statement piece you own.