“Beachcomber” Vial Necklace by Rings & Things’ designer Mollie Valente, features a sparkly beaded cork. Vial necklaces are the perfect container for small keepsakes.
There is no denying that little glass bottle necklaces are adorable, and as keepsake jewelry they are easily adaptable for a multitude of themes. Whether you want to make the featured “Beachcomber” Vial Necklace, or a variation–this style of jewelry is easy to make. You might also consider filling your little bottle with dried flower petals, dandelion wishes, a lock of baby hair, a printed parchment scroll, tiny photos, sea shells, moss, feathers, ashes, or the other seemingly endless possibilities.
Step 1: Gather your supplies needed to make the Beachcomber Vial Necklace.
You will need the following supplies:
1 each 8mm round jump ring (I used item #37-167-1: 8mm round, white-plated jump ring)
3 each 3.2mm rondelle spacer beads (I used item #26-155-32-1: 3.2mm white-plated rondelle spacer bead)
1 each 2″standard head pin (I used item #37-422-1: 2″ white-plated standard head pin)
1 each clear glass bottle (I used item #30-187-3515: 32x15mm clear glass bottle)
1 each 12mm faceted rondelle crystal bead (I used item #28-000-009-172: 12nn rose faceted rondelle crystal bead)
1 each ball chain clasp (I used item #40-801-1: 2.4mm white-plated ball chain clasp)
24 inches ball chain (I used item #40-889-1: 1.8mm white-plated ball chain)
And Treasures to fill your vial:
18 each Swarovski Bicone Bead Mixes & Crystal Jams™ (I used #05-328-04-904: Just Give Me a Reason)
4 each 6mm round Czech glass bead (I used #23-226-042: 6mm crystal round Czech glass bead)
1 each 17x7mm white-plated key charm
Glitter (I used Tim Holtz Distressed Glitter “Clear Rock Candy“)
You will need the following tools:
4 piece tool kit
mini spoon charm (use as a cute little glitter scoop!)
Step 2: Remove the cork stopper from the vial; use the awl to make a centered hole running from the top of the cork through to the bottom.
Step 3: To make the beaded cork stopper, string the following parts onto a 2″ head pin: a white-plated rondelle spacer bead, the cork, a faceted glass bead, and a bicone crystal bead.
Step 4: Finish the beaded cork stopper with a wire-wrapped loop. Follow the instructions for making wire-wrapped loops in Rings & Things “Jewelry Basics 101″.
Step 5: Add a jump ring to the top loop of the beaded cork stopper. Adorn the jump ring by adding two white-plated rondelle spacer beads prior to closing it. Follow the instructions for opening and closing jump rings in Rings & Things “Jewelry Basics 101″.
Step 6: Fill the vial with your combination of beads, crystals, and charms (or other tiny treasures). When selecting items to go in the vial, keep in mind the neck of the vial has a diameter of approximately 7mm.
Step 7: Add glitter to the vial. Rings & Things’ tiny spoon charm #44-639-0 makes a perfect scoop! Once your vial is filled, add the beaded cork stopper to the vial.
Step 8: Finish your necklace with chain. Measure and cut the ball chain to your desired length. Add the ball chain clasp to one end of the chain and string on the vial pendant. Connect the open end of the ball chain to the clasp. Enjoy!
♥Get Inspired! If you loved making the “Beachcomber” Vial Necklace, visit the Rings & Things Design Gallery and get inspired! You will find instructions for making the following necklaces (just click the image for details):
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