I liked the floral riveted earrings I designed last week so well that I decided to make them part a matched set! I stamped up this layering necklace to go along with it, adding a personalized banner blank to the mix. I stamped my name on it (I guess I was feeling all self-centered that day, teehee) but you could stamp your word of the year, a short uplifting message, or anything that speaks to you. I really LOVE the layered look when it comes to necklaces, because you get the effect of a larger statement piece without having to use large elements to design it. And if you didn’t catch the riveting video tutorial last week for the earrings (or if video just isn’t your thing) I’ll share how to set rivets and how to stamp jewelry with photos today.
I’ve got a comprehensive post for beginners that addresses jewelry stamping, if you find after reading this post that you want to know more. The banner blank will take a little more patience and probably practice if stamping is new to you, but if that’s intimidating to you then you can also just stick with the random floral design instead – it’s your piece, after all, so make what you want!
I’ll leave links below to where you can buy your supplies, if you’re looking to make a purchase online today. (They are affiliate links, which means if you do decide to buy, then it supports my blog at no extra cost, and thank you if you do!) Here’s what you will need to make this double-pendant stamped necklace:
- Bench block and hammer
- ImpressArt 6mm Whimsy Flower design stamp and ImpressArt 3mm Whimsy Flower design stamp
- ImpressArt Lollipop 4mm alphabet stamps
- Drop shaped pewter stamping blank
- Banner pewter stamping blank
- Permanent marker and polishing pad
- 2-Hole Punch (3/32 inch)
- Rivetable flowers
- 5.3 mm eyelets
- 3.7 mm eyelets (optional)
- Eyelet setter
- 34 inches of rollo chain, 7mm jump rings, and lobster clasp(s)
- Jewelry pliers
First things first: stamp! if you prefer to watch this on video, you can check it out in last week’s earring post. But what you will be doing is using your two sizes of design stamps to cover the blank with an all-over pattern. When you have covered it, punch a 3/32 inch hole in the center of your blank.
Next, darken the impressions you have stamped. I typically use a permanent marker and polishing pad – color all the impressions, and then buff away the excess ink. You can also use acrylic paint for this step if you prefer!
Adding eyelets is probably easier than you think! Using the setter base, stack up your layering pieces. The eyelet will look the same from front to back, so you may choose to add your layers right side up or upside down. I do mine face up so that I can better show you the layering, but it’s your preference! I used a 5.3mm size to accommodate the thickness of the pewter blank and the floral accent.
Center the setting tool on the narrow end of the eyelet, and tap the top of the setter with your hammer until it secures the two pieces. It’s important to keep the tool vertical when you set the eyelet. It should take 4-5 taps of your hammer to set.
I also added 3.7mm eyelets to the holes in the blanks before adding the chain, to give them a more finished look. That’s a totally optional step!
Finally, cut 3 lengths of chain. I cut my long piece at 19 inches (though you may prefer 18 inches) and then two lengths of 7.5 inches. Add the drop pendant to the longer chain by stringing it on through a jump ring, and attach the two shorter chains directly to the chain using jump rings.
I opted to attach both necklaces to one lobster clasp, though you may certainly make them up as two separate necklaces – then you have the option of wearing them together or separately! I just like keeping them together. (Besides, when you’re an addicted stamper as I am, I’m more likely to just make up another new piece if I get tired of wearing them together… hehe.)
It goes without saying that stamped jewelry always makes a beautiful and personal gift, as well. Finishing your pieces with eyelets like this will also make them look more like boutique jewelry.
Happy stamping, guys!