Glass pebbles may come in the form of round fish tank liners, pieces of smooth sea glass or old marbles, but all kinds of small glass pieces make excellent fodder for homemade jewellery. Since they're not designed for such a use, however, glass pebbles aren't equipped with hanging or beading holes. Instead, string your beads together using a capping process, one that allows you to use almost any small object in a new, personal work of jewellery art.
Cut two 2-inch lengths of jewellery wire for each pebble you want to string. If the pebbles are larger than about an inch long, make each piece 3 inches long.
Grip one end of each wire in turn in the middle of the round-nosed plier noses. Twist the wire around one of the noses to form a round loop in the end of the length.
Hold the loop you just formed inside the needle-nosed pliers, covering it and leaving the rest of the wire exposed. Twist the exposed wire length with your fingers into a tight, flat spiral, perpendicular to the loop. Repeat with all the wire lengths to make a series of metal looped caps.
Mix the epoxy in the disposable container according to the manufacturer's instructions. Stir the two resin liquids until the mixture becomes cloudy to ensure a complete mix and secure glue.
Cap each pebble with two caps, one on each end like a looped bead. Press the spiral loops of the caps against the pebble, bending the coils slightly to conform to the contours of each pebble. If necessary, use the pliers to assist in the bending.
Attach the caps to the pebbles using the epoxy, dipping the spiral portion of each cap in the glue to coat it, then pressing firmly against the glass. For best results, do one side on each pebble, let these caps set, then do all of the other sides.
Let the epoxy cure fully according to the manufacturer's instructions.
String the pebbles together to make a necklace by opening each wire loop with the needle-nosed pliers, threading it into the ring of the next pebble in the chain. Alternately, thread a jump ring or two and/or a wire-looped bead between every pair of pebbles.
Thread the wire loops at the end of the finished necklace chain into the threading loops or holes on the two parts of a jewellery clasp.
Things you need
- Jewellery wire
- Wire snips
- Glass pebbles
- Round-nosed pliers
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Five-minute epoxy
- Disposable container
- Jump rings
- Wire-looped beads
- Jewellery clasp