Last Minute Gifts: DIY Stone Necklace

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The end of December is getting closer and closer, that means you’ve either finished gift shopping for all your loved ones or you’re scrambling around like a chicken with it’s head cut off getting things together. This week I wanted to share a few last minute gift ideas that are extremely easy and fast to make. Today’s DIY is a rock necklace that can be made in less than ten minutes once you’ve gotten the hang of wire twisting.

When I was in Seattle back in October, I had gone to the Fremont Saturday Farmer’s Market and came across a few booths selling rocks and rock jewelry. I saw what they were doing and figured I can make my own when I got back home from the trip, so I bought one stone that was already made into necklace pendant (so I could look at it in detail to help me figure out what to do when I attempted to do it myself) and a few loose stones I thought I could make into a necklace.

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Materials:

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28 Gauge Jewelry Wire– there are a variety of colors available for you to choose from. I thought the gold color would pop more against the stones I had purchased.

Wire Cutter

Flat Nose or Chain Nose Pliers

Loose Stones or Rocks

Coordinating Colored Cable Chain – you can also choose not to coordinate if you want.

Directions:

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Cut two 12 inch pieces of wire. Note: The length of wire you need depends on the size of your stone. Mine was about 5 inches long.

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Hold the two pieces of wire and twist together in the middle. Each time you twist the wires together during this project I suggest you twist it at least 3 or 4 times, but you are welcome to play around with it to see what you like best.

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Put the twisted part of your wires against the base of the stone and mold it to the stone’s shape. Separate the four wire ends, link two pieces not from the same piece of wire together and twist.

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Keep twisting and linking two pieces of wire together to create a wire cage to hold your stone in.

At the beginning the metal wires may get tangled and be cumbersome to work with, try to be patient and you’ll quickly get the hang of working with the wire after some practice.

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When you’ve reached the other end of your stone, try to time it so that you end up with two twisted ends like this.

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Twist the two ends together for about half an inch (or however large you want your loop to be), use the flat nose pliers to bend the four twisted wires into a loop and twist around the base to secure it.

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Sting a piece of chain through it and you’re done!

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These stone necklaces that I bought and made have become a staple in my wardrobe.
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