DIY Make a Gemstone Points Necklace

March 18, 2016
DIY gemstone points necklace project

It is easy to create a unique necklace with tip-drilled gemstone  rectangles or points because no two stones are identical.  The stones can be wire wrapped, strung directly on cording, or strung on wire to make a bead-bar necklace.  So get your jewelry-making tools out and follow these directions to make your own one-of-a-kind necklace.

 

Rock crystal gemstone points from www.rings-things.com

A strand of gemstone flat point-shaped beads has a variety of sizes and shapes–perfect for creating unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Rings & Things offers several gemstone choices, like “rock crystal quartz” pictured here.

 

Gemstone Points Supplies

Just a few supplies are needed: 18-gauge wire; 4mm faceted metal beads; jump rings; lobster clasp; footage chain; and tip-drilled, irregular, graduated, rectangle gemstone beads.

 

Supplies

 

Jewelry-making tools for wire working and necklace making from www.rings-things.com

Here are the tools you will need; flat-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, nylon-jaw flat-nose pliers, semi-flush side cutters, wire straightener, and 1-Step Looper.

 

Tools

 

Other Supplies

  • Cotton swab

 

Making the pendant

Artistic Wire wire straightener works great.

Straighten your wire; the Artistic Wire wire straightener works great.

 

Gemstone Points Step 2

Use the 1-Step Looper pliers to bend an end loop in the wire. Begin by inserting the wire into the pliers jaw.

 

Hoe to make a wire loop with the 1-Step Looper.

With the wire in position in the 1-Step Looper, squeeze the handles of the pliers and (almost) magically the wire is cut and a loop is formed.

 

 

Tool Spotlight: BeadSmith 1-Step Looper Jewelry Pliers…NOW in three sizes

1-Step Loopers

The BeadSmith 1-Step Looper is the perfect tool for making loops. It trims and loops head and eye pins, as well as wire in one motion. And now it is available in three sizes, 1.5mm, 2.25mm, and 3.0mm.

 

Gemstone Points Step 4

Apply antiquing solution to the wire and then lightly polish the wire with a polishing cloth.

 

Make a gemstone points necklace with draping curb chain.

Select two (or three) gemstone points of varied length. Lay the stones side by side and drape a piece of chain from bead hole to bead hole (swag length should be longer than the gemstone points). Use semi-flush side cutters to cut the chain.

 

Use chain in a draped swag pattern.

Add a metal bead and drape the chain from bead hole to bead hole. Cut the chain to preferred length (length of swag should closely match length of gemstone points).

 

How to make a curb chain necklace with swagged chain and rock crystal points.

Add a second metal bead and drape the chain from bead hole to bead hole, make the swag slighter shorter than the previous one. Cut the chain.

 

How to cut curb chain sections to match.

Measure and cut chain sections to match the two metal-bead chain swags; these will be used on the opposite side of the gemstone points.

 

Assembing a swagged chain and gemstone points necklace.

String the shortest chain swag onto the handmade eye pin in this order: First chain link, metal bead, and last chain link.

 

How to make a antiqued brass gemstone necklace.

String the medium-sized chain swag onto the handmade eye pin in this order: First chain link, metal bead, and last chain link.

 

Gemstone Points Step 11

String the longest chain swag onto the handmade eye pin in this order: First chain link, gemstone flat point, gemstone flat point and last chain link.

 

How to make a bead bar necklace with the 1-Step Looping pliers.

Add the remaining two chain lengths/metal beads, starting with the medium-sized and then the shortest chain length. Use the 1-Step Looper to form an end loop and finish the bead bar pendant.

 

Finishing the Necklace

Gemstone Points Step 13

Layout the necessary components for finishing your necklace. You will need jump rings, necklace chain, and a clasp. Determine how long you want your finished necklace to be. This necklace works great as either a choker or a long necklace.

 

Gemstone Points Step 14

Use jump rings to attach the necklace chain to the pendant. Twist the jump ring open, add the pendant loop and the first link of the chain then twist the jump ring closed. Repeat on the other pendant loop.

 

Gemstone Points Step 15

Now finish the clasp portion of your necklace. Attach a jump ring and clasp to one side of necklace chain, and just a jump ring to the other side of necklace chain. Clasp the necklace together.

 

Gemstone Points Example 3

The necklace is finished and ready to wear!

 

Make Things,

Mollie

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