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Friday, April 23, 2010

DIY Friday: Making a gorgeous necklace with Gypsy Wings!

I'm very excited to host a guest today for DIY Friday: Gypsy Wings, also known as Gypsy Rae Photography, also known as Georgia Cranston!

Georgia is an artist, a writer, a mama, a reader, a Twilight Mom, and has been a friend to readergirlz since the very beginning.

You can get to know her better by visiting her Esty shop (with more cool necklaces!), her website, and her amazing photostream.

She's here today to teach us how to make a beautiful necklace with stones and findings - Miranda's sister in TELL ME A SECRET is a DIY girl, and she would most definitely approve.

Welcome, Georgia!


Necklace Tutorial


  • A small smooth rock or stone from a trip or location special to you
  • Aanraku Jewelry Bails (easily found online)
  • E6000 glue
  • Clear Glossy Acrylic Sealer
  • wax paper
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Chain for your necklace (2mm chain is my favorite)
  • 4mm jump rings to match your chain (also, smaller 2mm jump rings are optional for your charms)
  • Necklace clasps (I prefer lobster clasps)
  • Various beads or charms to embellish your necklace with. Get creative with these, you can turn many small items into charms with a little creativity.
All of the supplies for this necklace (except the aanraku bails) can be found at your local Michaels Craft Supply store, or a similar craft store. To purchase the bails, I generally will go to ebay or etsy for the best deals.

Making the necklace

1. Begin by selecting a small stone to be your focal piece. This stone should be clean and dry. I like to wash them and let them dry overnight.

2. Spread a sheet of was paper out on a piece of scrap wood or cardboard. Once you have chosen your stone/stones lay them out on the wax paper and spray a thin coat of clear glossy acrylic sealer onto them. Once they have dried, turn the stones over and spray the other side. To get the best glossy coating I do this several times on each side. Allow these to dry for at least several hours.

3. Once your stones are nice and glossy, and completely dry it is time to glue your bail to the stone, do this according to the directions on the package. I will hold the bail in place for a minute or two to make sure it does not shift, then I let it sit again usually overnight to insure a very secure hold.

4. Now it is time to determine how long your necklace should be. An average length for a necklace is 18 inches. Take your jewelry chain and measure out the desired length, then cut with the cutting edge of your needle nose pliers.

5. Hang the stone from the chain, and place a jump ring on each end of the chain. Then put the necklace clasp on one end using the jump ring. To open a jump ring, use your needle nose pliers and gently bend it open, just a small amount. Once your jump ring is where you need it, use your pliers again to close it back up. Be sure not to leave a big gap in the jump ring opening.

Making the charm

1. To make the charm, cut a tiny tiny section of chain (it depends on how large your chain links are and how far down your stone you want the charm to hang) and hang one of your charms or beads from it using a jump ring. Add another jump ring to the top of this small chain and attach that to the hole in the aanraku bail.

Your charm should hang down in the front or side of your stone, resting against its surface. You can add multiple elements to your charm, I usually will add a bead or two in addition to the main charm piece. A popular combination when I was making the First Beach Sea Stone Necklaces was a small starfish with freshwater pearls or shell beads. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with!


Thank you, Georgia! Readers, if you make a necklace, let me know and I will post a pic!


  1. Excellent work, Georgia! I just showed my friend this post, as she is just getting into making jewelry as well.

  2. I recognize those stones! I love this tutorial! Now I know how it's done! But I still want Georgia to make all my jewelry....the whole creative artistic thing skipped me 100%!

  3. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by - and thank you, Georgia, for putting together this lovely tutorial! I am in awe of your many talents.

  4. This is awesome!!
    Love, Hannah

  5. That is so pretty! I love it :)