Friday, March 23, 2012

DIY: State Necklace

Show your state pride with this DIY necklace!
 I have seen this kind of necklaces on pinterest for a while, and I have to say that I love them!, you can choose to carry your own home state or a place you love, that's why this weekend I'll have to make one pendant for Italy and one for Mexico!
Jewelry designer Maya Brenner has a beautiful US state pendants collection, in case you don't want to DIY you can go to her page and choose one for you, but if you don't live in the US then you could really use my DIY tutorial and make one!

You'll need:
-Cooper Wire
-Wire Cutter
-Chain
-Round Nose Pliers
-Jump rings and lobster clasp.


Start by printing the state (or country) that you want to make, in the size you want your pendant to be.
Make a loop on the wire, wrap it around using your pliers.
Start tracing the state with the wire.
Use masking tape to prevent the wire from moving, keep tracing.
When you're done, wrap the wire on the top loop and cut it with the wire cutter.
Cut a piece of chain according to your desired length, add a jump ring in the center and then add your pendant.
Add a jump ring on each end of the chain, and on one side add a lobster clasp.

Now show your State with Pride!


20 comments:

  1. I have to make this!!!!it seems pretty easy to make, where do you get your jewelry wire?

    :D

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    1. Thanks Kapela! the cooper wire I used here is from an electrical wire, but you can buy yours at any jewelry supplies store.

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  2. This is a great trend, and that rose gold color is so pretty!

    I'm following you now at bloglovin

    Eliane

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    1. Thank you Elaine! and also thanks for following :D

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  3. Me gusta mucho tu blog, ademas tienes mucha creatividad y tus DIY son muy buenos!

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    1. Gracias Lisa! me da gusto que lo disfrutes, besos!

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  4. lovely idea!!!
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  5. your DIY's are great! you did such a good job with this one. it looks identical to the original.
    i am following your blog as well!
    let's definitely stay connected dear.
    xx
    ola
    www.stylesbyola.com

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    1. TY sweetie! and thanks for following too :D

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  6. Just wondering what specific gauge the wire you used is. And I love this idea! I've meant to find it somewhere for a cheap price, but that still seems impossible. And now that I have encountered your tutorial, life is so much easier. I'm planning on making a Virgina state for one my best friends who moved from Virinia to California.

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    1. Hi Daphne! I'm glad you liked it, I recommend that you use a 18 or 20 gauge wire, something sturdy yet flexible so you can shape it, it really makes a great gift, let me know if you need anything else.

      xoxo

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  7. This is great! A perfect gift to make for my mom's birthday. I've never worked with heavy wire before, how forgiving is it? Should I go ahead and purchase a lot with the knowledge that I will probably mess up a lot?

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    1. Thank you! It really is a great gift, it's not that difficult to work with, just be careful with the pliers you use, you don't want to leave any traces or marks on the wire, and also be sure to use tape to secure it. Let me know if you need something else :D
      xoxo

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  8. Nice idea! :)
    xoxo

    p-and-p-style.blogspot.com - Check this DIY-Fashion blog out!

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