DIY Jewelry: How to turn an ordinary pendant into something extraordinary
Rhinestones have the power to transform anything plain and ordinary into an eye-catching sparkly creation! After searching through the clearance rack at a craft store, I found this plain plastic pendant for only 1$. While a nice piece, that is nothing special about it until I decided to turn it into my next project and transform it into a blinged out pendant.
For this project I used:
1 plastic pendant on clearance from the craft store
12ss crystal, black diamond and jet hematite rhinestones
Wax tipped tool or tweezers
The pendant is a dark brown color. I decided on a scatter pattern with crystal rhinestones outlining the outside edge of the pendant, black diamond outlining the inside edge of the pendant and jet hematite filling in the middle of the wider spaces between the crystal and black diamond rhinestones. E6000 creates a nice strong bond when gluing rhinestones to plastic so this is my adhesive of choice for this project. Make sure you use this glue in a well ventilated area and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
E6000 tends to be a bit gloppy so when I use E6000, I like to squeeze a bit over a paper plate and use a toothpick to scrape the amount of glue needed. I began with gluing all crystal rhinestones around the outer edge first. I began at the top placing the rhinestones touching and as I went down the pendant, spaced the rhinestones out from one another. Place a drop of glue slightly smaller that the rhinestone on the pendant and with the wax tipped tool or tweezers, pick up a rhinestone and gently press it into the glue drop.
I glued the black diamond rhinestones with the same spacing as the crystal: starting at the top placing the rhinestones next to each other and spacing the rhinestones out as I continued down the inside edge.
The pendant is wider on the sides and the bottom so there was some spacing that needed some sparkle. I glued jet hematite rhinestones in this area with random spacing between. When done gluing the rhinestones, allow to dry for 24 hours.
What a noticeable difference in pendants! The original piece was bland and boring, with no glamour but this new piece is fun, festive, sparkly and perfect for that casual outfit or formal dress that needs an extra touch of sparkle!
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I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.