Bastrop Souvenier: Handmade Rock Necklace
You can read more about that trip here.
This rock is not much bigger than a quarter, and when I saw it, I fell in love with the orange and red tone quarts; I knew I had to create a necklace from it.
TIP: One thing to keep in mind when you create pieces of jewelry from found objects, don’t go into the project trying to find the prefect rock, etc. for you to match up with materials you already have at home…
…Wait for a rock to inspire you, then go from there.
Supplies and Tools:
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- Wire Cutters (or scissors)
- Leather Cording
- Thin Bronze Jewelry Wire
- Various Charms and Beads
- E6000 Glue (I typically by the small 4-pack so they wont dry up from infrequent use)
Wrapping Wire Around Rock
I began by wrapping the wire from the top of the rock, making sure to leave enough wire on both ends to hold the leaf charm.
I felt the best place to start was from the back, and then wrapped the wire around the rock, using the natural lines in the rock to determine my placement.
Adding a Charm to Top of Stone:
Once the stone was wrapped, I twisted the two ends together, and then slipped on a leaf charm. Note that the charm loops in front by pulling the wire forward. Once I had the leaf where I wanted it to be, I pulled the twisted wire to the back, and cut off the excess.
My next step was to attach the leather cording beneath the wires I pulled forward in the previous step (securing the charm), then repositioned the charm back to the front of the rock.
At this point I also added some E6000 glue just beneath the cording and wire to hold it all in place. This step was necessary since the wire was not secured in the front, but simply draped over the front of the stone (and the cording). The glue would help make sure the leaf charm would not pull up and possibly detach from the cord.
Adding Beads to the Cording Above the Rock:
With the charm attached to the wire, I began slipping beads over both cords. I did this for two reasons: One, I liked the look. Two, I needed something to hold the leaf charm and cording down over the rock. I then finished the beads off by twisting some more wire around the cording over the beads. I liked the look, but it was also necessary to keep the beads in place.
Finishing the Ends:
It was now time to finish off the loose ends of the leather cording. Since I decided that I simply wanted to attach this necklace with a square knot, I took the ends of the cording, folded each end in half, and inserted each end into a bead to dress up the raw ends.
Folding the cording in half, before inserting it in the bead, gave the bead more grip. I then finished it off by applying a little E6000 glue with a toothpick to the inside of the bead to hold it in place.
Completed Bastrop Rock Necklace:
I love the results, and certainly can’t complain about the total cost of the project, which was less than $3.00 in materials needed to make the necklace.
I hope this project inspires you to create your own travel souvenirs!
“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
There are many interpretations of this quote, but most would agree it means we should treat the outdoors with respect, and by doing so, nature will give us many wonderful memories.
I always keep this thought in mind when I’m in the outdoors, especially when I make the artistic decision to take more than memories, and bring home a rock.
For me, treating the outdoors with respect includes, but is not limited to:
- If you see trash, pick it up
- Don’t damage park property
- Stay on the path
- Water is not a garbage can
- And by all means do not fill your trunk with rocks!
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