A perfect easy to make pendant project for summer festival season. This project doesn't require any previous jewellery making experience and you should be able to complete the project in less than 20 minutes.
Take a length of wire, we used around 1m of 0.5mm sterling silver wire for this project, however we have included a bit extra in the project for you in case you want to practice or create a slightly different design.
Thread the wire through the hole in the crystal point so that the crystal is in the middle of the wire. Choose the nicest side to be the front of the pendant, ideally with a fairly flat facet at the front so that the stone setting will sit neatly against the crystal.
Hold the crystal against the circle connector and secure them together by wrapping each end of the wire around either side of the connector once, this will help keep it in place.
Hold the snaptite setting against the flat front side of the crystal and wrap the wire around through the claws to hold it in place against the crystal. Two wraps of wire, one from either side will be sufficient. Should you find that the setting is not sitting on a flat edge you could add a little spot of glue to help secure it (but in most cases you won't nee to do this).
Next set the stone in the setting, the snaptite settings have pre-notched tensioned claws that will snap around the stone to hold it in place, simply push the stone (flat side up) into the setting and the claws should click into place around it. Check that all the claws look secure, if necessary you can push the tips of the claws down a little using a pusher or similar tool to ensure they do not catch on clothing or come loose.
Next continue to wrap the wire around the crystal and the connector so they are securely wrapped together and the wire wraps create a nice even shape around the stone, when you are finished, trim the ends of the wire and tuck the ends in so they won't catch on your skin or clothes and won't become loose.
Finally, fold the silk cord in half and push the folded end through the top of the loop connector and thread the ends through so the pendant hangs from the middle of the cord. You can then simply tie a knot in the end of the cords to finish the necklace, tie a sliding knot as in our step by step instructions here. If you prefer to have a clasp then we recommend using our SF53 2mm crimp with loop necklet ends which crimp directly onto the ends of the cord and a bolt ring clasp to attach to this.
Side Cutters - to cut the silver wire
Snipe nose pliers - useful for various types of wire work and for opening and closing jump rings
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