“Hannibal” Blood-Stained Recipe Card Pendant

When writing my teaching philosophy, I recalled my early love of several stories and narratives including Alice in Wonderland, the Doyle canon of Holmes stories and the Hannibal Lecter novels.

The fact that a cannibal serial killer played as large a role as Sherlock Holmes in my appreciation of literature during my adolescence would probably be a Bit Not Good if it weren’t for Thomas Harris’ tremendous talent as a writer. And the NBC adaptation of the back story Harris inferred in Red Dragon could have easily been more than a bit not good, if it weren’t for the tremendous talent of Bryan Fuller and his appreciation for the novels, the characters in them and the multitude of smaller, world-building details most filmmakers would overlook, let alone TV producers. I blew through all of season one in a single weekend and have re-watched the episodes several times since then.

When I got it in my head to create a Hannibal inspired piece, my thoughts went to “Sorbet,” the episode where the placid but deadly psychiatrist plans a dinner party, sampling ideas from his recipe cards and Rolodex of business cards.

Two Brothers Brewing Company bottle cap
Charles Shaw wine cork
“Family Story” lined scrapbook paper
7mm anodized aluminum jump ring
Craft Smart red acrylic paint
Craft Smart black acrylic paint
Royal Court decoupage sealer/adhesive
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic epoxy
Organic wood stain
Rotary tool with drill bit
Jewelry Pliers
1″ craft brush
Watercolor brush
Tapestry needle
Emory board
Transparent packaging tape

I’ve been seeing a lot of bottle cap bezel pendants and earrings around lately. They appeal to the conservationist in me and the low-rent alchemist who enjoys turning commonly discarded items into works of art. I also liked the idea of cushioning the image to create dimension and, having accumulated several wine corks for another project, I got it in my head to use one of those. No, I can’t see Hannibal Lecter in a Trader Joe’s picking up a bottle of “two-buck chuck,” but I also don’t imagine he’d turn it down if offered.

The first thing I did was use my rotary tool to drill a small hole into the side of the cap, approximately 2mm from the ridged edge. Once the hole was finished, I used my jewelry pliers to fit the jump ring through and close it.

I then used a paring knife from my knife block to slice a 3mm piece from the cork, using the emory board to file the soft edges into an even, flat surface. Once the cork was even, I used the decoupage sealer and the craft brush to fix it to the center of the bottle cap.

While waiting for the glue to dry, I used the protractor to trace and cut out a 1″ circle from the scrapbook paper.

While the rich cream of the paper was just what I was looking for, I elected to age the look of the paper a little by adding a coat of the organic wood stain I keep in my fridge.

Using an old newspaper as a palette, I mixed the red and black paint with water until I came up with a sufficient “blood” color (sufficient to me means similar to arterial spray) and used the watercolor brush to create a splatter and drip effect on the stained scrapbook paper.

Once the paint and stain were dry, I used the adhesive to fix the paper to the surface of the cork.

The caption I had in mind for the pendant also comes from “Sorbet,” specifically Hannibal’s toast at the party: “I should warn you: nothing here is vegetarian…”

For the look of the text, I went with Copperplate Gothic Bold to mimic the look of the original photo ads for the show.

Once the words were in place, I filled the bottle cap with the Mod Podge epoxy and left it to dry for several hours (the package recommended 24 hours, the bottle recommended three) before stringing it on an 18″ ball chain.

This ended up being one of my favorite jewelry projects I’ve done in the past few months. What do you guys think?


~ by blackmoodcraft on July 7, 2013.

One Response to ““Hannibal” Blood-Stained Recipe Card Pendant”

  1. […] completed my Hannibal bottle cap pendant, the process or drilling a hole for the jump ring, slicing and filing the cork, and finding and […]

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