Over the past year I've been making quite a few rock necklaces. There's one I made from the Virgin Islands, two from Montauk, one from Las Vegas, one I photographed at Stonehenge, and one from my trip around the UK and Ireland. (For the rest of my statement necklaces, check out my gallery!) I've gotten a bit tired of making the bib-style necklaces and wanted to learn a new technique.
I remember back when I was a kid, I broke something and my dad fixed it with his soldering iron. I always thought soldering was some really cool yet really difficult skill that you had to learn in a class. Not. At. All. After a series of Youtube queries, I fell into a wonderful wormhole of soldering tutorials. Most of these tutorials demonstrated how to solder around sea glass or a glass pendant. I thought it might work for a pendant cap on some of the rocks I've collected, so I ordered the supplies. One Saturday afternoon my roommate woke up and found me crouched like the happiest hobbit playing with my new soldering iron. :P
For the supplies below, I probably spent a couple hours reading reviews and finding the perfect (and cheapest) stuff. These worked really well for me, hope they help you! :)
-Lead-Free Solder (This one comes with lead-free flux, but if you want to make multiple pendants, I'd get the 1lb roll and it will last you forever.)
A couple months ago I also made this tutorial video on how to make a pendant. :)
For this specific rock necklace below, I took all of the photos while we were in Monmartre, Paris. (AKA: My favorite place on earth.)
The rock at the bottom is actually from St. Thomas, VI but the pink geode qualities of the rock felt so Parisian to me, especially when I combined it with the rough pearls.
To see more of my statement necklace tutorials, visit the gallery I've put together! :)