Jewellery Style

Charm Necklace

So it’s officially over. And when I mean over I’m talking about at least 4 kg more on my hips, seeing all the relatives (not so many as you’d think, I don’t have a big family), unwrapping and giving all the presents and drinking too much wine, bubbly and/or Christmas liqueur. I’m feeling a sort of tingling in my hands and feet for doing nothing for four days, and I’m anxious to go for a run and start crafting again.

Doing the first yesterday and the latter today I’m almost back to normal, although I wonder a little bit if that’s so great after all. Christmas is always that sort of event to which you look forward at least for two months. The anticipation slowly starts to rise with the opening of Christmas markets (at least here in Germany), baking the Christmas biscuits, having loads of Christmas parties and friendly gatherings, and all the time you’re thinking about that special day when you can finally see the joy in somebody else’s eyes when opening your presents or indulge in that four-course Christmas dinner (yes, you read that right). And before you know it, it’s all over and you feel sort of, well, empty. Guess it’s the same feeling you get with every special event you look forward to, however you mustn’t forget that the anticipation is always part of that event!

So, enough of that. I’m incredibly happy for this wonderful Christmas, but let’s face it: I couldn’t keep my hands off of some crafting for very long! And because I didn’t have time the previous week for obvious reasons I looked through my supplies and came up with a cute little necklace that can upgrade an ordinary shirt in no time. I actually already crafted one for a good friend of mine who is as fond of jewellery as I am, and I liked it so much in the end that I wanted to make a similar one for myself. So here goes:

You need:

  • A crystal quartz
  • A gold nugget bead
  • A piece of leather
  • 1 large jump ring
  • 4 normal jump rings
  • 2 small jump rings
  • 1 headpin
  • 1 eyepin
  • A jewellery clasp
  • Delicate gold chain
  • Gold paint or leaf gold
  • Jewellery pliers
  • Super glue
  • Sharp knife

charm-1Start by preparing the crystal quartz: Simply paint the upper tip golden or in my case, mix the gold pigments with a bit of water and paint it afterwards. Let it dry.

charm-2In the meantime, cut off a small piece of leather (about 2cm x 5cm) and with a sharp knife or a small pair of scissors cut the lower part into small stripes. Cut off another tiny stripe of leather, double it and super glue it to one end of your piece of leather. That will be your loop. Then roll up the piece and seal it with a drop of super glue to create a tiny tassel.

charm-3Once the gold paint on the crystal quartz has dried, take the eyepin, bend it on one end and thread this end through the hole of the quartz, then bend it again so that the end meets the eyepin at the top of the quartz. Alternatively, cut off the eye and bend the wire to make an open triangle whose ends will go through both sides of the hole.

charm-4To prepare the nugget bead, simply thread a headpin through its hole and bend it to form an eye. Cut off the excess wire.

charm-5Now attach a normal sized jump ring to both the tassel and the quartz, then apply everything (including the nugget) to a large jump ring plus just another normal sized jump ring. This one will be for the chain.

charm-6Measure the length of your golden chain and sever it at the right point. Attach a jewellery clasp by help of a small jump ring on one end, then thread the chain through the jump ring of the charm part. Attach another jump ring as closure and you’re done.

I love how simple this necklace is, yet it’s so delicate and looks rather precious with the crystal quartz (I love them) and the gold nugget. I like how the different materials are combined, and you can wear it perfectly to a turtleneck like my friend did or any other kind of top you want. Quite nice for an improvised necklace, don’t you think? Hope you are inspired!

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    Jude & Yara
    28th December 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Amazing!! Would love to make one xo

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      Michelle
      29th December 2015 at 8:45 am

      Thanks!

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    natalie
    29th December 2015 at 5:51 am

    SO SO BEAUTIFUL

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      Michelle
      29th December 2015 at 8:45 am

      Thank you!

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    Emily
    29th December 2015 at 3:41 pm

    This is a really charming necklace – no pun intended. You showed each step really well and make it look really easy to someone like me. Thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      29th December 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks, glad you like it!

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    Julie
    29th December 2015 at 6:15 pm

    This is super cute Michelle, and simple too! My kind of craft. Woot! Glad you had fun at Christmas! On my end it’s always kind of quiet. I have a big family, but no one is very close or happy with each other so I tend to stick with my own babies and hubby. It’s really small, but also so very awesome. I just love my little packets of joy.

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      Michelle
      29th December 2015 at 8:36 pm

      But that sounds as well like a very beautiful and quiet Christmas to me. Of course it’s sad that your family is not that close to each other, but I’m very glad that you have your own bundle of joy, and that’s what matters the most! Happy that you liked my DIY!

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    Trang Do
    30th December 2015 at 5:35 am

    Beautiful necklace! Love the idea!!
    Love,
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      Michelle
      30th December 2015 at 11:46 am

      Glad you like it!

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    Hanna Marie
    30th December 2015 at 5:51 am

    That necklace is gorgeous! –Hanna Lei

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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      30th December 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thank you very much!

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    Eloise
    30th December 2015 at 4:22 pm

    this was such a lovely post and totally get it with the Christmas thing. I think its more the anticipation than the actual day sometimes

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    Elise Xavier
    12th January 2016 at 3:17 am

    Pretty cute & easy to do! Love the colours you chose when making yours.

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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      12th January 2016 at 6:48 am

      Thank you, glad you like it!

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    Lisa Favre
    17th January 2016 at 4:00 pm

    This is super beautiful! I’ve been trying to get my hands on more DIY work and this is definitely a good place to start!

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      Michelle
      17th January 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Well, thank you! Glad you like it!

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    alyssa grace
    1st February 2018 at 11:28 am

    I’m living for your DIY crystal jewelries!! Question though, how did you make the hole on the quartz?

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      Michelle
      1st February 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you! To be honest, when I bought it there was already a hole in it. Often when you buy these crystals on websites they sell them especially for jewelry making, so I was lucky!

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