How to Make a Necklace With a Polished Rock Without Damaging It

Written by katherine kally
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Create a necklace with a striking polished rock pendant, regardless of the size or shape of the stone. You can make a rock into a pendant without damaging it if you have the right tools and materials. Look for the jewellery-making supplies you'll need at craft stores and online retailers. The techniques involved are beginner level, so anyone can design and create a necklace with a polished rock pendant.

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Things you need

  • 22-gauge half-hard jewellery wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose jewellery pliers
  • Necklace cord
  • Liquid jeweller's glue
  • 2 crimp ends
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • 2 jump rings
  • Necklace clasp
  • Glue-on bail
  • Viscous jeweller's glue

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    Cut a 10- to 20-inch long strand of 22-gauge half-hard jewellery wire from the spool. Straighten the wire with your fingers repeatedly. Half-hard wire is already malleable, but the heat from your hands and the movement softens the wire to make shaping it easier. Adjust the length of the wire based on the circumference of the polished rock.

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    Twist one end of the wire into a tight loop using round nose pliers. Hold the loop and form the length of wire around the loop at least three times to make a flat spiral.

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    Press the spiral against the back, or front, of the rock at the bottom. Wrap the wire around the rock in a loose spiral. Press the wire against the rock as you go so that the wire conforms to its shape.

  4. 4

    Make another wire loop at the top of the rock. Wrap the wire at the end of the loop around itself between the loop and the rock. If any wire remains unused, use the wire cutters to trim off the extra wire.

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    Cut a necklace cord to the desired length. Satin, leather, suede, ribbon or hemp will work as cording for the necklace.

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    Coat one end of the cord with jeweller's glue and then insert the cord into the wire coil section of a coil end. Coil ends are classified as jewellery findings. One section is a wire coil and one section is a closed wire ring. Compress the coil end onto the necklace cord with flat-nose pliers. Let the glue dry.

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    Open a jump ring. Slip one side of the necklace clasp onto the jump ring, then add the ring on the coil end. Close the jump ring.

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    Slide the unfinished cord end through the loop you made on the polished rock's wire wrapping. Glue another coil end onto this cord end with jeweller's glue. Add the remaining half of the necklace clasp to the coil end's ring with another jump ring.

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    Apply a dot of viscous jeweller's glue to the flat section of a glue-on bail and to the back side of the polished rock. You can attach the bail so that the metal ring is visible at the top of the rock or hidden on the back of the rock. To hide the bail, add the glue to the flat, flush side of the glue-on bail.

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    Wait one minute after applying the glue and then press the flat section of the bail onto the glued area of the polished rock. Hold the metal against the rock for at least one minute. Leave the polished rock undisturbed for at least 24 hours.

  3. 3

    Glue one end of a necklace cord into a coil end and add half of a clasp with a jump ring. Slide the unfinished necklace cord end through the metal circle at the top of the bail. Finish the other end of the cord with another coil end.

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