May 8, 2012

Paperclip Pendants Tutorial!

Remember these earrings we refashioned using a paperclip?
It occurred to me the other day that the same technique could be used to make a pendant necklace as well! I had these inexpensive white decorative shells that I tried drilling a hole in once to make a pendant, but I couldn't drill through with the bits I had so I gave up on it. Hello! Why didn't I think of glueing a jump ring (or paperclip) to the back?

You don't have to use a paperclip. A jump ring is a lot easier, of course. But the idea is that you don't always have to buy a bunch of new supplies to make something pretty! 

There are tons of things lying about the house that probably need to be a necklace. 

Beautiful buttons?

Glass pebbles?

 A thimble?

Monopoly dog?

Vintage toys?

Even pom-poms! 
(You may have to stitch these to the ring.)

I love the shell attached to a pearl necklace.

But of course, I'm a gold tone girl. :O)

If you'd like to make one, here are the instructions:


Detailed instructions:
  • Grab a paperclip and a shell or other trinket to make into a pendant.
  • Cut the end off the paperclip with wire cutters and twist into a spiral shape, leaving a loop at the top.
  • Use a strong hold glue (not hot glue) to attach to the back of your shell.
  • Cut another 3/4" (ish) section off the remaining paperclip and bend into a loop.
  • Open the loop by twisting to the side and connect the shell's loop to a chain.
Enjoy!


Hope you have fun! My favorite part was hunting for treasures to turn into a necklace. I love the giraffe. I think I'll turn it into a necklace for Paige. She's all about giraffes lately.

Have a good day now!

Love,
Disney


P.S. Mother's Day. 
Necklace. 
You know what I'm sayin'.





13 comments:

  1. That's a great idea! I have tons of paper clips and little trinkets to make necklaces out of. Thanks for sharing (^_^)

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  2. This is fantastic! I am totally going to do this. :)

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  3. You're really good at thinking outside the box. Do you have any suggestions regarding incorporating decorative buttons and brooches into a necklace (not as pendants)?

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  4. omg! this is awesome! i wish i could be in your head to see all the awesome thoughts you have thr! lol!

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  5. These necklaces are so awesome and it looks to easy to make, I'll definitely try this!!

    Thanks so much for all the beautiful ideas you share with us!

    Lari
    Cent4urThoughts.blogspot.com

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  6. Cute! Great idea! It's fun and simple looking. Love the monopoly dog. :)

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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  7. So lovely Disney! I think the vintage toy giraffe is my favorite.

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. :) I can't believe Paige is 5. She's a beauty.

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  8. Hi Disney! I love that you think outside the box. I like the silver shell necklace with the pearls the best (I am so stealing that one...LOL), but then again I like all of them :O) I am making some of these now, shells mainly and one army man with a bazooka. Hehehehehehe. I am going to the beach later in the year and I will use this to make sea glass pendants. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  9. I love this paperclip tutorial and the idea of using old buttons and toy trinkets for charms. My daughter's have all kinds of things that fall off thier toys, or from b-day parties, or buttons that fall off clothes that don't fit us or tear...and especially broken jewelry and when i lose ONE earring. Never know what to do with one earring!
    cool

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  10. Hi Disney, me again. I did a blog entry about these, here http://craftybliggityblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/paperclip-pendants.html

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  11. I love this idea you are so smart. I love your nail polish color by the way. http://theshabbynotebook.blogspot.com/

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  12. Brilliant! Love your work!
    candace@cool2craft.com

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  13. Great way to use a paperclip! I love the giraffe necklace.

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