Hello 30 Days readers! I’m Allie from Miss Lovie and I’m so excited to be here as the jewelry contributor! Today I’ll be showing you how to make your own turquoise pendant necklace. These are pretty popular right now. I have one from JCrew Factory Outlet that I wear ALL the time so I figured I needed another one in a different color so I could mix things up.
You can use any kind of beads you want, but you have to make sure at least one is heavy enough to give the necklace good weight so it lays nice. I also like the idea of mixing up types of beads to go with the larger pendant like I did here: a small bead cluster,something super sparkly, and something detailed.
Even if you’ve never made any jewelry before, this project is definitely doable. It may look like a lot of steps, but they go fast and they’re easy! I encourage you to just try it! You’ll be surprised at how addicting and easy making jewelry is!
Materials (clockwise from left)
- beads (1 large, 1 small, 11 tiny beads) and a bead cap that fits the small bead
- 20 inches of chain (small links), and 3 inches of a larger link chain
- lobster clasp
- 13 head pins (2 inch head pins are best for larger beads)
- jump rings (small and medium)
Jewelry Tools (from left): flat nosed pliers, bent nosed pliers, needle nosed pliers, wire cutters
First, cut 20 inches of chain and set aside. (Here you see the larger link chain, but I actually changed my mind last minute and used a smaller link)
Next, make a wrapped loop around the main pendant bead
- Slide the bead onto a 2 inch head pin.
- Use your bent nosed pliers to bend the head pin slightly above the bead at a 90 degree angle.
- Place your needle nose pliers right at the bend in the pin and use your fingers to bend the pin over the end of the pliers.
- Reposition your needle nose pliers as shown in picture 4 and keep bending the pin all the way around the pliers to create a loop.
- Hold the loop with your flat nose pliers and grab the end of the pin with your bent nose pliers and wrap the pin around itself under the loop.
- When the pin is mostly wrapped all the way around and reaches the bead, use your wire cutters to clip the end off. Use your bent nose pliers to push the pin against the rest of the wrapped part if needed.
- You’re finished with the wrapped loop! Set aside.
Next, create simple loops on all your tiny beads.
- To create a simple loop, you basically do the same as a wrapped loop, except use your bent nose pliers to bend the pin at a 90 degree angle right against the bead. To do this simply grasp the pin as close to the bead as possible and bend it down. Be careful not to chip the bead!
- Use your needle nose pliers to create a loop the same way you did with the wrapped loop and then clip the wire right where the end of the loop would be (shown in picture 2). Place your needle nose pliers right at the bend and use your hand to wrap the end of the pin around them to create a loop.
- And that’s it for a simple loop! Make 11 of these.
Also make a simple loop on your small bead with your bead cap. A bead cap is a nice way to “fancy up” a bead and make it more interesting.
- Open a small jump ring by holding both sides with pliers and pulling it apart.
- Slide on 5 small beads (this will be the bottom of your cluster.
- Slide on another small jump ring on and close the first jump ring.
- Hold the second jump ring with the pliers and open it. While holding it with pliers add on 3 tiny beads to one side of the jump ring.
- Then add on 3 more tiny beads to the other side of the jump ring.
- Then add on another small jump ring and close the open jump ring. The jump ring you just added will be the one that holds the cluster bead, pendant and bead with the bead cap.
- Open the jump ring you just added and while holding it with your pliers, add on the pendant.
- Add the other two beads. I added the rhinestone bead first because it laid better that way. Just play around with it until you get it how you like it.
We’re almost done! Next finish of the necklace by adding the clasp.
- Grab your chain and to one side slide a small open jump ring into the link and then slide a lobster clasp onto the ring. Close the jump ring.
- Slide the pendant onto the chain before finishing off the other the end of the chain.
- Slide a medium open jump ring into the link of the other end of the chain along with the 3 inch piece of larger link chain. This length of chain can be used to adjust the length of your necklace.
- For fun I added a tiny bead to the end to weigh the chain down a little.
And done. I hope you love it! This necklace would make a great gift or is just something fun to make for yourself!