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Gemstone Pendants 3

Instructions for making Gemstone Pendant Necklace #3 out of jewelry wire, gemstones and jewelry making supplies using common jewelry tools:

Quick and Easy Gemstone Pendant Necklace made using common jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.

This chain with gemstone pendant is a very quick and easy jewelry making project.  It is an excellent project for a beginner.  The jewelry tools required are minimal and all the jewelry supplies to make this project can be purchased from our Internet store.  The tools that we show for this project are the worst case set of tools.  If you decide to use a 24" segment of chain instead of 18", you won't need the cutter or ruler.  If you decide to use the Split Ring finding instead of a jump ring finding you won't need the chain nose pliers.  The most difficult step in making this necklace and pendant may be ordering the supplies and waiting patiently until they arrive.

 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Commercial Clasp
  • Jump Ring or Split Ring (2)
  • 18"-24" of fine commercial chain
  • Snap-Fit Pendant setting (8mm shown)
  • Stone for setting (8mm)
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Ruler
  • 15 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to cut jewelry making chain using a flush cutter jewelry tool.
  • Ability to open and close jump rings using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tools.
  • Ability to use a split ring jewelry making finding using common jewelry tools.
  • Ability to use a press to fit pendant setting. 

Quick and Easy Gemstone Pendant Necklace made with common jewelry making tools and supplies.Ordering Jewelry Supplies:

Gold-Filled Chain with 8mm Pendant:

  • 24" Fine Gold-Filled Chain (Item 2607)
  • Commercial  Gold-Filled Lobster Clasp (Item 3001)
  • Small Gold-Filled Split Ring (Item 0077)
    or Open, Small Gold-Filled Jump Ring (Item 0072)
  • Gold-Filled, Snap-Fit, 8mm Pendant Setting (Item 3143)
  • 8mm Round, Diamond Cut Gemstone (Item 3147 is shown, but any of the colors of 8mm gemstones could be used.)

Sterling Silver Chain with 8mm Pendant:

  • 24" Fine Sterling Silver Chain (Item 2614 or Item 2612)
  • Commercial Sterling Silver Lobster Clasp (Item 0013)
  • Small Sterling Silver Split Ring (Item 0089) or
    Small, Open, Sterling Silver Jump Ring (Item 0085)
  • Sterling Silver, 8mm Pendant Setting (Item 3151)
  • 8mm Round, Diamond Cut Gemstone (like Item 3147 shown above)

Before placing an order here are the decisions that must be made:

  1. Gold-filled or Sterling Silver.
  2. Split Rings or Jump Rings. (Split Rings may stronger and require fewer tools.  Jump rings may be easier to use but would not be as strong.)
  3. 18" or 24" chain.
  4. What size gemstone. (8mm shown, 6mm will also look nice.)
  5. What color gemstone.  We currently sell 15 different colors and will be adding additional colors in the next few months.  You can view our selection of gemstones here.

Once you have made the above 5 decisions you are ready to order your supplies.  You can easily find any of the items above by searching on the four digit item number in our WigJig Store.  You can get to our WigJig Store by selecting here.

Quick and Easy Gemstone Pendant Necklace made with common jewelry making supplies and tools.Once you have assembled the materials to make this simple chain with pendant necklace, you will have accomplished the most difficult part.

Step-by-Step Instructions For Making the Gemstone Pendant Necklace using common jewelry tools:

Step 1:  If you decided to make an 18" chain, use your ruler and measure 18" of chain and cut your chain to that length.  It is probably a good idea for this project to have both end links on your figaro chain as the long links.

Step 2:  Now we are ready to add the clasp to one end of your chain.  If you are using jump rings as shown on the left hand side of the lobster clasp at left, you will need to use chain nose pliers or bent chain nose pliers to open and close the jump ring.  It is worth a few words to explain the concept of opening and closing jump rings.  Normally a closed jump ring  is a flat circle of wire with a segment of the wire that has been cut.  An open jump ring is one where the two sides of the jump ring have been twisted apart as shown at right.  The important concept is that instead of pulling the sides apart, you twist one up and the other down.  This preserves the round shape of the jump ring. 



Clasp for Gemstone Pendant Necklace

Open Jump Ring for Necklace Jewelry Making Project
Opening a Jump Ring for Necklace Jewelry Making Project Opening a jump ring for Necklace Jewelry Making Project
Finished Chain with Clasp Open Jump Ring Grasping Jump Ring Open Jump Ring

The picture above center-right shows how you grip one half of the jump ring with your bent chain nose pliers as you prepare to open it.  You would use a second pair of chain nose or bent chain nose pliers to grip the right side of the jump ring and then you would twist the left side down while twisting the right side up.  The picture above far-right shows how the jump ring would appear after you twisted it open.

Step 3:  With an open jump ring, you would then thread one end of the chain and your clasp on the jump ring, then you use your bent chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring closed. 

Step 4:  At this point we need to make our pendant and add it to our chain.  The first step is to set your gemstone.  This is done by placing your gemstone with the flat side down on a cutting board or table, then positioning your snap-fit setting on top of the gemstone as shown below-left.  The final step is to push down on the top of the setting with your thumb from your dominant hand.  When you are done, the setting should appear as shown below center-left, with all the prongs from the setting gripping the girdle of your gemstone. It is a good idea to lightly squeeze the opposite prongs in the setting to ensure that the are tight.  Do this for all of the prongs in your setting.  Once the pendant is completed you need to thread the chain through the opening in the setting. 



Instructions for making a Gemstone Pendant Necklace using common jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.


Setting a gemstone for making a Gemstone Pendant Necklace using common jewelry supplies.
Emerald Gemstone Necklace made using common jewelry making tools and supplies.


Step 5 to instructions for making Simple Gemstone Pendant Necklace Jewelry Making Project
Step 4A Step 4B Step 4C Step 5

Step 5:  Now you need to add the loop on the end of the chain that allows the clasp to connect to the opposite side of the chain.  This step will complete this project.  In the clasp shown above-right, the final loop is a split ring.  A split ring is a jewelry finding that is just a smaller version of a key ring.  You add the split ring to the end of the chain in the same manner that you would add a key to a key ring.  You can hold the split ring open by sliding your finger nail between the two layers of wire on the split ring, or you can use a pair of pliers called "Split Ring Pliers" to hold the split ring open so that you can slide it into position.  If you plan on making a lot of these necklaces, we suggest that you purchase the split ring pliers.  If you are only making a few, your fingernails will do. 

Gemstone Pendant Necklace made using common jewelry supplies and jewelry tools.
Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This is a very easy to make jewelry project.  Each of the individual steps can be accomplished by a beginner to making jewelry by hand.  Given that you use the right gemstone, this can be a very attractive necklace suitable for everyday were.  Consider making this necklace with a birthstone and using it as gifts. 

 

 



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