I love keepsake jewelry, and this reliquary necklace is perfect for capturing mementos. You can adapt this pendant design to make your own personalized jewelry; encase a family photo, dried flower petals from a special event, or perhaps a lock of baby hair.
The following is a DIY tutorial for making a glass bezel shrine necklace.
Here are the parts you’ll need:
- Glass Bezel, Rectangle, 34x19mm
- Sheet, 20 Gauge, 6×1″
- Filigree, Triangle
- Charm, Cast, Small Honeybee
- Rhinestone Chain, 24pp
- Jump Ring, Round, Assorted Sizes
- Artistic Wire®, 26ga, 90ft
- Chain, Footage, Ball, 4.8mm, 100ft
- Clasp, Ball Chain, 4.8mm
Measure and mark the following holes:
- Three hanging holes placed 1/8″ from the top and spaced to match the holes of the triangle filigree
- Two wire-lashing holes placed 1/8″ from each side and 5/8″ from the top
Punch holes in the marked positions with the two-hole punch.
Center the glass bezel on your patterned paper and use a pencil to mark the position. With craft scissors, cut out the paper just smaller than the bezel’s exterior edge.
Glue the patterned paper to the brass blank. Glue on the bee charm (first remove the loop if desired) and rhinestone, checking the position with the glass bezel. Glue on the glass bezel. Allow to dry.
Lash the bezel in place with wire; this is both an adornment and cold-connection reinforcement. Attach the triangle filigree to the pendant blank with jump rings.
Add a large jump ring to the triangle filigree top. String large ball chain through the jump ring and finish with a clasp.
»For a complete list of tools and supplies used to make the “Bee Keeper” Reliquary Necklace, visit Rings & Things Design Gallery.
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