Pendant necklaces come in many shapes and sizes. While they are available in many stores including big box stores, jewellery stores and from online retailers, you can also make pendant necklaces at home. Making these necklaces at home allows you to individualise the project to suit your personality and needs. These necklaces often make great gifts for men and women alike, and you can choose from leaf pendants, photo charm pendants and button pendants.
Leaf pendants are an ideal way to memorialise a special natural place at little expense. Besides the leaf, you need a small piece of polymer clay, wax paper, 2.5-cm round cookie cutter, toothpick, baking sheet, oven, acrylic paint, glass glaze, and paper towel.
Start by rolling out onto wax paper a small piece of polymer clay until it is 0.6 cm thick. Press the small leaf into the clay, making sure the vein side faces the clay. Flip the clay with leaf attached over, and roll the clay a few times lightly, ensuring the clay does not become thinner. Flip the clay over and remove the leaf.
Cut and Bake
Position the cookie cutter over the leaf and press down to cut out the pendant. Use a toothpick to poke a hole for the jump ring. Place the pendant on the baking sheet and bake it in a low-temperature oven for 30 minutes.
Once baked, use a paper towel to rub the entire surface with acrylic paint. Then use a slightly damp paper towel to remove paint, making sure paint stays in the leaf veins. Coat the pendant with glass glaze and allow it to dry. Insert the jump ring into the hole and attach a chain to the jump ring.
Photo Charm Pendant
Photo charm pendant necklaces are ideal for incorporating small photos into your jewellery. For this craft, you need a pendant blank and chain, photo to fit the pendant blank, packing tape, scissors, Mod Podge, scrapbooking adhesive, foam brush and clear packing tape wider than the photo.
Tape and Coat
Tear off a piece of clear packing tape and lay it sticky side up on a work surface. Lay the photo on the tape, photo side up, and fold the tape over on the photo. Trim the tape to fit the photo. Insert the photo into the pendant, gluing it in place with scrapbooking adhesive. Cover the pendant with a coat of Mod Podge and allow it to dry. Add two to three more coats, allowing each to dry individually. Attach a chain to the pendant if desired.
Many crafters enjoy the way that buttons look but do not have time to sew new outfits to incorporate them. If that is the case for you, then use them to create button pendant necklaces. For this project, you need two buttons (one slightly larger than the other), jewellery wire that is 24-gauge or smaller, jewellery bail, jewellery adhesive and a ball chain.
Start by laying the small button on top of the larger button, aligning the holes when possible. Cut a small piece of jewellery wire and insert it from the top through a hole on the buttons. Insert the other end through another hole on the buttons. Turn the buttons over and twist the two ends of wire together.
Wriggle the wire twist until it is inside a hole on the big button. Use the jewellery adhesive to attach the bail to the top of the button on the backside, and allow the adhesive to dry. Run the chain through the bail and enjoy your new necklace.
How to Buy Jewellery-Making Supplies on eBay
Crafters can make many different styles of pendants such as button pendants, photo charm pendants and leaf pendants that it is often difficult to choose which one to try first. One decision is easy, though. The best place to find the supplies you need to make pendant jewellery is from sellers on eBay. Just type the supply that you need into the conveniently located search box atop any eBay page. Once the list generates, make sure to read product descriptions carefully to choose the best supplies for your pendant.