Okay, I know this is two music box necklaces this week, which is probably at least twice as many ideas as any one person needs in this particular category, but I’m just so excited about how this little locket came together that I had to share with you today! (If you missed the other one, be sure to take a look at the leather music box necklace from Monday for an idea that involves a lot fewer tools.) The style of this locket is part steampunk, part vintage, and it plays “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. I did some really basic metal work (no soldering – just hammering, punching, and riveting) to assemble this keepsake necklace.
Now, when the “art” side of me takes over, I kind of forget about photo step-by-steps as I’m working, and a lot of this was experimenting and figuring it all out as I go. I do have some tips and pointers today if you’re wondering how I assembled this, and I’ll share with you what kinds of tools I used. I’m hoping that you feel inspired to make your own version after you read this (or hey, at the very least, you pin it or share it socially to admire later, haha) but of course, every person’s style will be a little bit different! And if you DO bring your vision to life and make your own, I’m dying to see it, so be sure to share it with me – either tag me on your favorite social channel or email me!
Okay, I will list the supplies that I used when I made my piece, and I’ll drop in links for the products wherever I can. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to make a purchase, it supports my blog (thank you!) but don’t forget – this is just one way you can style this piece! You may want different elements. Here’s what I used:
- Altoids Smalls Mint Tin (or any empty tin of a similar size)
- Miniature music box movement and a 4mm key (the smallest one)
- Leather Hand Punch
- Steel bench block, rubber bench block, and hammer
- ImpressArt’s Newsprint font, a Sharpie, and a polishing cloth
- Star-shaped pewter stamping blank
- Tierracast eyelets (6.8mm for attaching two layers, 5.3mm for attaching one layer) and an eyelet setter
- Deco Art Americana Chalk Paint in Vintage, Finishing Wax, and sandpaper
- Steampunk gears
- Rivetable flowers
- 36 inches of chain
First, I removed the plastic casing from the music box movement. This isn’t essential, but it’s really pretty to me to be able to open the tin up and see it work. I was also concerned that I wouldn’t have enough room inside the tin when I used rivets or eyelets (and it turns out since I used eyelets only, I would have been fine, but if you’re adding rivets you may need the room).
Next, I put holes in the tin using an awl and rubber bench block, or a leather punch and steel block. You will need a 1/4 inch hole in the back for your music key, and the size holes you may need for embellishing will vary. You can stretch holes that you punch with the awl, as well, so if they’re not quite big enough, just muscle it a little bit.
I punched two holes at the top and added a 36″ chain. For that long of a chain, I don’t bother with clasps. A jump ring on the underside works just fine to connect the to ends, and it slips right over your head.
Then, I painted the front and lightly distressed it. I used chalk paint and wax (mainly because that’s what I had on-hand in the right color). I knew that the tin would probably sustain a few scratches, so I just distressed it – that way they will blend in! So I wanted a color that would look nice, so I opted for DecoArt’s Vintage shade.
Finally, I stamped my blank, and I attached my embellishments with eyelets. (If this is a new technique for you, then be sure to check out some of the other projects in my metal stamping category! I have LOTS of posts on metal stamping.)
Want to see how it works? I’m happy to show you in this 30-second YouTube demo!
What do you think? I am actually really excited to make more… I think they would make for a really beautiful gift!