How To Make A Birthstone Pendant Necklace: Jewelry Making Tutorial

How To Make A Birthstone Pendant Necklace: Jewelry Making Tutorial

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To make the Birthstone Necklace, you’re going
to need some birthstone flatback gems. These are Swarovski rhinestones in 4mm. And then you’ll need a pendant blank to put
them on, and our pendant blank is rose gold and it’s 5mm by 35mm. It has one hole at the top so it will hang
long, this way. Then we’ve got this very cute heart charm
that’s open. And it’s also in rose gold, and it is 12mm
by 16mm. We’ve got two jump rings in rose gold, 5mm. And we’ve got some chain. The chain has kind of an open loop that the
jump rings will fit through. It’s rose gold. And we have 18 inches of that. For tools we have chain-nose pliers and round-nose
pliers. We’ve got some tweezers to handle our gems
with. And then we’re going to use E6000 glue, and
we have a toothpick that’s a special trick for applying the glue. To make Birthstone Pendant we’re going to
glue some flatback Swarovski rhinestones onto our pendant blank. And to do that, we’re going to use some E6000
glue. And I like to squeeze a little bit out onto
a little scrap piece of paper. And then I like to apply it with a toothpick
to the back of the rhinestone. So to do that, the tweezers come in handy. If you try to pick up one of these gemstones
with your fingers and hold it to apply the glue, it’s very difficult. So instead, I like to use the tweezers and
hold the rhinestone that way. I’ve got these set up in the order that I
want them. So I’ve got the oldest on the top. This is the birthstone for the oldest child,
this is the birthstone color for the middle child, and this is the birthstone color for
the youngest child. So cute! And I’m going to glue the bottom one first. So I’m picking up that rhinestone with the
tweezers, just tilting it over, and then I’m going to take that toothpick and grab a little
E6000. You don’t need much. And if you twirl it you can get rid of that
little glue string. And then apply it to the back here of the
Swarovski rhinestone. Glue on there. And then I want to set this down right where
I want it on the pendant blank. I’m going to use the tweezers just to set
it down. And I can actually use another toothpick to
hold it in place because it’s sticking to the tweezers a tiny bit. And if you have any glue that comes out the
side, I have a tiny bit there. That comes off later. So don’t worry about that at all. I’m going to do that with the next one. Pick up my little rhinestone, flip it over,
and then apply the glue to the back there. And this is the reason you don’t want to apply
too much glue. You don’t want the glue to squeeze out the
sides. There’s my glue. And I’ve got my toothpick ready because now
I know it wants to stay stuck to the tweezers as I set it down. And I’m going to center that here on the pendant
blank. And then I’m going to use the toothpick to
push it where I want it there. So I want it centered from left to right. And then I’m going to copy that spacing between
the bottom one and the middle one for the next one. And if you have more kids to do than three,
you can just line them on up here. If there’s just one, just put the one at the
bottom. It’s very pretty that way. And I’m flipping over the gemstone, our little
flatback rhinestone, and apply a little glue there to the back. And we’ll want to let this glue set up for
a little while while we make the next part of the pendant. The tweezers are hanging on here tight, but
I’m using the toothpick here to release it, so let me center that. I’m going to make sure those are on there. Press them down. And then we’re going to let that set up so
the glue is nice and tight and secure. And then we’re going to turn it into a necklace. Our glue is all set up, so our birthstones
are glued onto our pendant blank. And they look lovely. If you have any glue that has squished out
of the side of the rhinestone and you want to clean it up, you can just use your toothpick
to kind of grab it and pull it off. It should come right off. Or you can use your fingernail to pull it
off. And then we want to turn this into a necklace. So to do that what we’re going to do is put
a jump ring onto the pendant. And to open a jump ring we like to use two
pairs of pliers. We have our chain-nose pliers here and our
round-nose pliers. What you want to do is you want to do is orient
the jump ring so that the cut is at the top of the circle. So the circle is cut here, it goes all the
way around, comes back up, and there’s the cut. I’ve got my chain-nose pliers on one side
of that cut. And then I’ve got my round-nose pliers, or
you could use another pair of chain-nose pliers, I’m going to grab the other side of the jump
ring. I’m going to push one side to ward the table
while I’m holding the other side up towards the ceiling. And what that does is it maintains the circular
shape of the jump ring, but it creates an opening, like opening a gate. And I’m going to put that onto our little
heart charm. I like to keep holding onto the jump ring
with the chain-nose pliers. It’s easier to handle. Then your fingers aren’t getting in the way. And then I can just slide the little loop
on the heart charm there into the jump ring. And then while I’ve got it there, I’m going
to put the end of the chain into the jump ring. This is how we’re attaching one end of our
18″ piece of chain. And it’s why we wanted to make sure that the
loop of our chain would fit this jump ring. I’ve got both of those in there now and then
to close that I can either press across with my chain-nose pliers like this, or you can
use both pliers and do the reverse action of how you opened it. You see when I press it closed now it’s a
nice, round shape. So we’ve got our little charm on there. And now we want to put our birthstone pendant
on the other end of the chain. We’re going to do the same thing we just did. I’m going to pick up my jump ring and I’m
going to look at it to see where that cut is. You can hold it up to the light and see the
light coming through that cut if you’re having trouble finding it. I’m going to hold it with the chain-nose pliers
on one side of the cut. I’ve got my round-nose pliers, or my other
pair of pliers, on the other side of the cut. And I’m just going to rotate that a little
bit, just to create a little opening there. Keep holding onto that jump ring with the
pliers. And I’m going to slide the Birthstone Pendant
right on there. And then I’m going to find the other end of
my chain and feed the last loop onto the jump ring. You can make this necklace any length you
want. So you may want to test it with a necklace
you already have. Test the length and measure it. And that’s how long you’ll want your chain. And because it’s a lariat type necklace, you
might make it a little bit longer. So I’m just pressing that closed. And that’s how easy the assembly part is. We’ve got the Birthstone Pendant all made
and on one end of the chain. We’ve got the cute little heart charm on the
other end. And then to wear it, it doesn’t have a clasp,
you just slide the Birthstone Pendant in through the charm and you wear it like a lariat. And that is our very pretty, great gift for
Mother’s Day, Birthstone Bar Necklace.

9 comments

  1. This is such a great idea and tutorial! Thank you! I was wondering if you could answer something for me not pertaining to this video though. I once saw a video where you added a decoration on the sides of the necklace thus having to break the chain and attach the decoration to the top and the bottom on each side of the chain necklace. In my case I used an owl on each side, then in the middle I used an eye pin bar to hold matching colored beads. My question is, the owls keep wanting to turn in therefor showing the backsides of them instead of their colorful fronts. Do you have any idea what I'm doing wrong or how to fix? I sincerely thank you for your videos and time. – Angie

  2. This is an awesome video! This would make a great birthday gift for a girl that I like. November is her birth month and I already checked out the website you listed below to see what stone goes with that month. Now Im not too much of an arts and crafts person haha, but I believe making this for her is better than buying it straight out. Plus it's the thought that counts. She's actually getting back into making jewelry and is gonna eventually start her own business. She told me she's gonna make me a bracelet. Then I thought to myself "Because she's making me a bracelet, why not make her a necklace and surprise her on her birthday! Good idea right?

    Now Im sure I can buy those flat back stones from a Swarovski store. As for the Bar pendant blank, rose gold
    Open heart charm, rose gold Loop chain, rose gold Jump rings, and
    E6000 glue I can buy that from a store like Michaels or Walmart right?

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