Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Make a Necklace Pendant from a Rock

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

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.

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

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

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

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! :)

Supplies:
-Soldering Iron
-Copper Tape
-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.)
-Third Hand
-Jump Rings

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.)

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

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.

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

Montmartre

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

How to Make a Rock Into a Pendant: Paris Rock Necklace

To see more of my statement necklace tutorials, visit the gallery I've put together! :)





Saturday, September 6, 2014

Postcards from Paris, Part 1

August Paris Trip
A bit of radio silence from me the past few weeks because Sean and I went on a little trip to Paris and Berlin. The thing that was the most surprising of all was that Paris completely lived up to all the hype. The soft cheeses are ridiculously cheap, there's charcuterie everywhere, the buildings are gilded, and there's always this perpetual tinkling cafe sound. Paris is the first city I've been where I caught myself thinking, "Wow, I love this city more than New York."

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip

August Paris Trip
More pics coming soon after I catch up on my work and find time to edit pics. ;)



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