Oh to the my to the god. I planned to make these sliced agate pendants a few weeks ago but I had NO idea that they would turn out so amazing! I have been jumping with excitement this weekend waiting to share with you! Not only are these pendants freakin’ GORGEOUS in their simplicity (don’t you feel like you could look at an agate for hours?) they are also super easy to make AND budget friendly.
These pendants (chain included) only set me back $6.26 each. No joke! At that price you could easily hand out beautiful pendants to all your bridesmaids, or even as bridal shower or bachelorette party favors!
Read on for the how-to and budget breakdown!
The best part about these necklaces is that you need NO jewelry making experience at all! They’re so easy. I used round nosed pliers to do most of the work, but they aren’t absolutely necessary (though I do highly recommend them). Even if you never make another piece of jewelry again they are very useful to have around the house. Scroll down for instructions!
Agate Pendant Necklace
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Round nose pliers
- Bent nose pliers (optional)
- 72″ chains
- Small jump rings
- Large jump rings
- Lobster claw clasps
- Sliced agate with pre-drilled holes (these are the specific agates I used)
1. Cut your chain to approximately 72″ inches long. Fold the chain in half. It should now be about 36″ inches long. This length of chain makes a longer necklace style similar to this. If you prefer a shorter style, use your neck to measure the length you prefer and then double it and fold in half. Set folded chain aside.
2. Using your round nose pliers, open a small jump ring (figure 1). ALWAYS twist the ring open, never pull (figure 2). Feed the open jump ring through the clasp (figure 3). Close the jump ring.
3. Feed the chain through closed jump ring (figure 4). Set aside.
4. Just like step 2, open a large jump ring. Feed the jump ring through the pre-drilled hole in the sliced agate (figure 5). If you’re having trouble closing your jump rings completely, gently press the ends together using bent-nose pliers (optional).
5. Using your folded chain, feed BOTH ends of the chain through the agate pendant (figure 6).
6. Your chain should have two open ends (on the same side). Open another small jump ring. Feed the last link of each chain through the jump ring (figure 7). Close jump ring. Finally, link both ends together using the clasp (figure 8)!
How fabulous are these? I used a double-length of chain to support the chunkiness of the agate, but you could always follow the same directions using a single length to make more economic use of your chain.
- Sliced agate with pre-drilled hole: $15 for 6, $2.50 each
- Small jump rings: .03 each (use 2)
- Large jump rings: .20 each
- Clasps: .50 each
- 72″ chain: $3 each
Grand total per necklace: $6.26
There are so many fun ways you could present these pendants to your besties! Add these to your tablescape and drape them over a beautiful tea cup, or place them in a “You Rock” card enclosed in a cellophane baggy. The possibilites are endless!
I hope you love these as much as I do! If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to help! As always, I would love to see photos of your final necklaces. Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. You just might see your photo appear on the blog! Happy gifting!