Hello Creature Comfort-ites!
As you are aware Ez is in the midst of her cross country move and I was delighted to be asked to contribute during her absence.
This is a quick + easy jewelry making project for all skill levels that involves basic jump rings, linking + lots of room for design personalization:
assorted lockets, jump rings (9mm shown)
basic jewelry tools (for opening + closing jump rings + *snipping off metal loops), tool for punching through metal (I used a **cropadile tool), additional decorative charms + buttons if desired, ribbon or decorative clasp
Open up your lockets so interiors are exposed.
Using a crodadile (or metal hole punching tool) punch 2 holes in each side of your locket–I used the 1/8″ setting.
Once you have all of your holes punched, open up your jump rings + begin linking your lockets together in a chain formation.
Before closing your jump rings you may wish to add an additional decorative element such as a button, or charm.
Once you have determined how long you want your piece to be–will it be a necklace or a bracelet–you can add a clasp or ribbon for a closure.
Clip off the top metal locket loops with your jewelry cutting tool + your piece is ready to wear!
* Snoop in the household tool box for tools that will snip off the metal loops
** There are many jewelry tools available for punching holes through metal. I used the crop-a-dile for this project as it is quite versatile–and I can use it for lots of different craft projects. I use it to punch through stacks of paper when book binding, other metals as well as plastics.
Lockets used in this project:
Creature Comforts readers will receive a 15% discount on the lockets used in these projects when entering the coupon code: creature comforts
Offer Valid: August 13th–August 20th, 2009
Text + Photos Copyright 2009 Janice Rusnak