DIY DIY Jewelry

How to Make a Necklace Pendant from a Rock

September 25, 2014
how to make a necklace from a rock

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. 😛

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! 🙂

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  • RiAnge September 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    What a great idea! I will come back to revisit this post. I took a woodshop/electrician class when I was in high (before the dawn of electric lights:)) and I fell in love with the soldering iron. I've got a huge rock/crystal collection…

  • StacieStacieStacie September 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    It's a really great way to get that rock collection out of the box in the desk drawer! ;P Not that I know anything about that, haha. 🙂

  • Cierra October 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Very pretty and very cool!

  • Mary Hoffman February 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I am thrilled to find you! I have been collecting rocks since I was a child! I have been looking for ways to wear my "Treasures!" You have given me the best idea yet! Thank-you!! I'm so excited to get started!! Aloha Friend!

  • Debora Powell May 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I enjoyed your video, but my copper tape won’t stick to my polished stone.. Any suggestions?

  • Maria Otero July 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Sooo helpful! Thank you.

  • Nicole Green August 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks so much for providing us with this video. I am excited to get started!