Monday, March 18, 2013

Make-it-Monday: Homemade Jewelry

Last week, I told you that I occasionally turn single earrings into pendant necklaces. It's pretty much the easiest thing in the world, and I'm going to show you how you can do it, too. All you need is:
  • A McDonald's tray your boyfriend stole in high school (it's your crafting surface)
  • Jump rings

  • A clasp of some kind (I like lobster clasps)
  • Matching chain
  • A charm or pendant
  • Jewelry pliers (You can really use any kind of pliers - or your fingers, if they're strong. Or your teeth, if you hate your dentist.)

All of these materials are available at Wal-Mart, Michael's, JoAnn's, and Hancock Fabrics. They're pretty cheap, and come in packs of multiples, so you can make more than one piece when you buy the supplies. 

First, open a jump ring just wide enough that you can slip the end of the chain into the hoop.

Now close the circle using the flat part of the pliers. 

Now, slide your pendant onto the chain and measure how long you want your necklace to be. 

Cut a link in the chain to determine the length - that's where you'll put your clasp.

Open-up a smaller jump ring

And slide in the end of the chain and the lobster claw.

Now close-up the loop just like the last time.

Now wear it!

And get photobommed!

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