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DIY Agate Statement Necklace

February 22, 2013
DIY Agate Statement Necklace
In terms of my DIY fashion projects, lately I’ve been really into making these time-consuming bib necklaces. (Like this one I made over the holidays.) ๐Ÿ™‚ I started this necklace in January after I got my For the Makers box. One of the projects inside was to make these really awesome agate meteor magnets. When I got my box, one of my little agates was broken. I sent For the Makers an email and they emailed me back saying that they’d get me another agate right away. Well they sent me three more. (So incredibly generous!) When I was playing with all of the agates, I noticed that they fit together in the perfect shape of a bib necklace. So I decided to make one of those instead.

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
Necklace 1 | Necklace 2 | Necklace 3

What you need:
E6000 super glue
-Ribbon or lightweight material for the tie
-Suede piece (Repurpose some thrift shop leather or find it in a craft shop!)
Agates, or here (Or you can find them on Etsy.)
-I used these square beads
-And glass beads

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
To make the statement necklace you should trace out the shape you want your necklace to be. I used one of my roommates necklaces as a base, but you can make it whatever shape you’d like.

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
Once you’ve got a nice shape, you can trace it on your suede and then cut it out. Since the agate has such a natural, earthy feel, I wanted to use a taupe-colored suede and earthy beads to go with the natural vibes of the .

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
Lay out your design…

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
And glue it on! Be careful that you don’t get too much glue on the outside of the agate or it will squish everywhere.

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
Let the glue dry overnight and then gather your beads.

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
And stitch the beads wherever you’d like. I wanted to cluster the square steel-looking beads and fill in everywhere else with the glass beads.

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
I wanted to have a way to finish the edges of the suede so I chose to do a blanket stitch all the way around. Watch this video for a tutorial. (It’s super easy.) ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
To make the straps, I used some spare fabric that I had and stitched long rectangular tubes, leaving one end open. I snipped the excess fabric and then flipped the tube inside out so that the seam hides inside the tube. Then I stitched the ends of the tube to the top of the necklace.

DIY Agate Statement Necklace
And that’s it! So thankful for the extra agates from For the Makers. I think it’s made me a little bit obsessed with rocks as DIY supplies.

DIY Agate Statement Necklace

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  • Jaime WGC February 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Beautiful! Makes me want to make one myself!

  • Helen February 23, 2013 at 1:00 am

    This is really cool! I love agate slices and have a few as coasters and as a necklace, this is a really awesome way of wearing them!

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  • Katie Wade February 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    This is Anthro worthy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • StacieGrissom February 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    The highest of all compliments. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you, Katie!

  • StacieGrissom February 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks so much, Helen! Agate slices are so beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • StacieGrissom February 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Leah Yablong February 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    This necklace is lovely! Great job turning your inspiration into reality!

  • gunadesign April 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Hello,
    this necklace is awesome. During my vacations in France I have seen such gemstones, but I was not sure how to use them. But now, I will by some during my vacation

  • gunadesign April 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Hello,
    this necklace is awesome. During my vacations in France I have seen such gemstones, but I was not sure how to use them. But now, I will by some during my vacation

  • gunadesign April 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Hello,
    this necklace is awesome. During my vacations in France I have seen such gemstones, but I was not sure how to use them. But now, I will by some during my vacation

  • Guna Andersone April 8, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Great idea. During my vacation in France I often saw such gemstones, but I was not sure about design for them. For sure, during my next vacation I will buy a few ones.