How to make a simple necklace with a cabochon – a tutorial for beginners
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Designed by: Monika Wojdyla
Necklaces with beautiful stones will probably never go out of fashion. What do you think? I think they are perfect for any season of the year. In summer, they go with airy dresses perfectly and in winter – with warm jumpers. In fact, I have been wearing simple jewellery recently. It doesn’t need to be complicated to make a lovely necklace with a cabochon, that’s why today we present you with another tutorial for beginners. See for yourselves and decide whether it’s worth starting your handicrafts adventure. I believe you will be enthusiastic about it.
Recently, I have noticed that my embroidered pendants have been sidelined in favour of fine chains with tassels, filigrees, bases or other rounds. I wear such jewellery very often. One of the reasons may be that you can make it quite fast and the amount of delight of your friends is comparable to delight on a beaded embroidery pendant. The time you need to spend to make this necklace is it’s best feature. A little time and I have a pink one, another little while and there’s a blue one, coffee and a piece of cake and another pendant is made! If you want to begin your handicrafts adventure these are perfect projects for you. What do you think? Would you like to try it?
Supplies used in this project:
- Cabochon base – I love owls, so the choice is obvious – even though in shops you may find information about the size of the base I recommend to do the shopping with a ruler or a tape measure and check the size yourself.
- Cabochon – that fits the base – you can find precise information which size of base is perfect for a particular cabochon. Just click into the product to check the sizing. A 14mm cabochon fits my owl base, so I have chosen it.
- Jewellery bail
- 5/6mm jump rings
- Lobster clasp, a rather big one, about 12/14mm
- jewellery pins, short ones, about 2cm
- decorative mini charms, here: round charms
- chain – this is always the hardest decision for me. I usually choose rolo or ankier. This time, I have chosen 3.2mm rolo, but 3.8mm will also be good.
- Glue – I only use Hasulith, but you can decide which glue is the best for you.
- 2 pairs of pliers to open the jump rings – it’s good to purchase two pairs of pliers at the beginning of your handicrafts adventure – chain nose and flat nose
- A small tassel – e.g. 45mm and a matching end cap. You may choose a longer one, it will look pretty as well – it’s up to you.
- Beads remnants to decorate the chain – 4 or 5mm
- 6mm BONNY crystals – for the eyes. I have chosen 3mm CrystaLove rounds – I like this version more.
OK, enough talk. Let’s begin!
Put some glue on the cabochon, omit the edges. The glue will reach the edges by itself while sticking, but it won’t come up because you didn’t put too much of it on.
Measure the appropriate length of the chain for you and cut it out using the side cutters.
Open the jump rings, as shown in the picture. Important, don’t pull them – use a “twisting” motion to open the jump ring. To open the jump rings you need two pairs of pliers.
Attach cabochon base and a bail to the jump ring. Close the jump ring.
Attach the lobster clasp the same way. Open a jump ring, attach the clasp and the chain. Attach a jump ring to the other end of the chain. It’s good to choose jump rings made of a thicker wire – they are stronger and they won’t break off the chain so easily.
A simple cabochon necklace is done. Now, it’s time to decorate it a bit.
Take some small, decorative charms and jump rings. You may use small tassels instead of the charms or colourful beads. I have chosen charms and beads.
Open a jump ring (as it was done previously), attach a charm and attach all to the chain at intervals according to your imagination. I like asymmetry, so I attached the jump rings to different places on both sides of the necklace.
As you have attached the charms, it’s time for the beads. I need about 1cm of a pin in hand to make a loop. I cut out the rest.
Making loops is my nightmare. I know many people don’t like it. You may make it easier by winding the pin around one side of the pliers. A bead in one hand, closed pliers in the other. You may bend the loop back a bit – it will be in the middle. I will do that while closing it.
While closing the loop, you need to bend the part near the bead back, so that the loop will be in the middle.
Attach a chain and close. I attached the beads between the charms.
You may attach a tassel to the back of your cabochon, but it’s not necessary. I love tassels and I add them everywhere. Attach an open jump ring to the tassels and the to the loop of the cabochon base. Due to the fact it’s at the back, it won’t cover the cabochon.
If you are using an owl cabochon base, you can now add the eyes.
Put a tiny drop of glue (you may like to use a toothpick) on the bead, but between the holes. Stick the bead so that the holes won’t show, e.g. place them aside.
Ta-dah! Now you know how to make a simple, cabochon necklace.
You can find plenty of bases and cabochons in Beads Direct. It’s sometimes really difficult to make a decision. Look at ring and bracelet bases, as well. You'll have beautiful, new jewellery using a base, a cabochon and glue in just 2 minutes. And there are many ideas how to make and decorate necklaces. I can imagine one of the below bases on a velvet ribbon choker. Handicrafts is addictive and it gives positive energy.
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