Homemade Delicate Pendants

By Lee Carroll

Jewelry comes in many colorful shapes and sizes, but sometimes you only want a simple, delicate pendant. Jewelry and department stores are filled with them; however, making pendants at home lets your imagination and taste guide the finished piece. Jewelry findings, which are small connectors, wires and other parts and pieces, are readily available at most craft stores. Look for unusual materials to make your pendant unlike any other.

Beaded Pendulum

Create a wispy, rod- or pendulum-style pendant from clear or translucent beads, a head pin and a slender chain. A head pin is a thin metal rod, no larger than a sewing needle, with a small disk or ball at one end. When beads are slipped onto the pin, the disk at the bottom acts as a stop. The top of the pin is straight, so you'll need a pair of precision jewelry pliers to bend it into a small circle or a soldering tool to fashion a loop to suspend the pin from a chain. The pendulum of beads will swing gently with the wearer's movements or lie flat against the collarbone, depending on the length of the chain.

Perfect Pearl

Select one perfect imitation pearl bead to float against the skin with no visible means of support. Place a drop of jewelry adhesive on one drilled opening of the pearl and push in the pin of a bell cap to secure it to the bead. After the adhesive dries, apply another drop on the opposite end and attach a bead cap to cover the bottom of the pearl. Cut a piece of thin-gauge monofilament or fishing line a few inches longer than you need and slip the end through the loop of the bell cap. Fasten the ends to a necklace clasp using crimp beads. Monofilament is unobtrusive, so the pearl will stand out.

Copper Ring

A single copper ring pendant complements summery blue blouses and brightens a plain black sweater when the weather turns cool. Slice off a thin ring from the end of a large-diameter copper pipe using a rotary tool equipped with a metal cutting disk, then polish off the rough edges with a fine grinding disk. Buff the ring until it shines with the same tool and a buffing wheel. There is no need for a loop or any other jewelry finding. Slip a chain or a thin cord through the ring to suspend it. Copper develops a green patina, so coat the ring with clear sealant to prevent discoloration.

Two-Way Pendant

Chokers and pendants are uncommon partners, but they combine to make an interesting necklace that accentuates a low or backless dress. A choker-length chain forms the foundation of this necklace. String a few beads on a short piece of jewelry wire, then string several beads on a longer wire. Connect loops to one end of each strand of beads and crimping beads on the opposite ends, then slip the strands on the choker. To wear the pendant, fasten the chain around your neck, then arrange the shorter strand in front and the longer strand in back.

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