September 17, 2011

DIY Agate Necklace



Fall is a time to crave things that are sumptuous, rich, and sometimes a little louche. That must explain why I'm suddenly hungry for leopard print (say what? me??) and saturated colors. Stone agate jewelry fits the bill perfectly, with its jewel tones and a look of natural opulence.

I went through my rock collection (of course I have a rock collection), and found an agate slice that was perfect to turn into pendant. This project was super fast (discounting drying time) and used just a few materials. I had everything on hand, so it was also a freebie!

Tools and Materials:
Strong glue
Toothpicks
Long chain
Agate slice


 I began by laying out the chain, and centered the agate in the middle.


Next, I squeezed glue onto a plate, and used a tooth pick to apply glue to the edge of the stone, beginning at the bottom of the stone.


I pressed the chain into the glue, and continued to apply glue around the stone, and sticking on the chain.


Once I made it to the top with on one side, I began at the bottom again from the other side until the chain on both sides met.



Strands of glue wiped clean with a little nail polish remover and paper towel.


For a little extra security, I added a jump ring to connect the two sids of chain and tried really hard not to play with it and let it dry overnight.



Rock it.

15 comments:

  1. Absolutely adore this tutorial! I have had a couple of these stones for years and didn't know what to do with them... I soooo need a few days off from work... :-) Btw, I;ll be featuring your DIY's pretty soon, thank you so very much for pointing me in the direction of your blog!! Keep up the great work, I'll be following your blog closely! Love, Maria (www.livlig-online.com)

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  2. Amazing idea! So easy to do :) This blog is really great, I follow you! :)

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  3. I am your newest follower. Saw your DIY on Chic Steals. This is brilliant. I know glue can get messy especially with chain but you did a very nice clean jobe.
    xx
    maya

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  4. @Maya, @Sanne and @Maria: You are all just too sweet-- thanks for your support and please keep coming by for more DIY fun!
    xo
    erin

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  5. I really wanted one of these, they're everywhere in the stores and catalogues!
    Thanks for the DIY, I'll be sure to try it out!

    xx Grace
    Dream-Boating

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  6. It looks awesome!! Great idea!!

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  7. LOVE this! What a great project!

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  8. Do you have recommendation where to buy the chain from? I have stones for many years. They belonged to my family and wanted to do something with them. I went to a jewelry store and they were charging me so much that decided to wait. This is perfect! Thank you. Thoughts on suppliers? Nicole

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  9. @CamdenSF: I found my chain in my junk jewelry, which was super convenient. I love going to thrift stores to check out their jewelry. Even if you don't like a particular item as a whole, you might like the chain or other parts of it. I did a quick search on Etsy for antique brass chain, and found this listing. http://www.etsy.com/listing/62044090/antique-brass-chain-flat-cable-jewelry?ref=sr_gallery_6&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=antique+brass+chain&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_facet=supplies It's very close to what I used, and 7.50 (with shipping) for over 16 feet of chain? You'll be making necklaces for you and all your family! Hope this helps!
    Erin

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  10. Wow, thank you so much! I really appreciate your reply. We are having the entire family for Thanksgiving staying over, even my mom coming from out of the Country. What a great occasion to have them ready. THANK YOU!!!!

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  11. Wow, this is fantastic. I'm a happy follower now!

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  12. I love this rock necklace trend and this is such an easy way to achieve it, thanks!

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  13. wow! This is amazing. Thank you for sharing

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