Cave Man Necklace Tutorial

Written by
Jaci Boston
Published on
January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PSTst, January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST

Created by: Jaci Boston

Designer Tips

  • Carefully plan the cutting pattern. The shape of these cuts creates decorative prongs or tabs to hold the gemstone slab bead.
  • For this design draw the shape to be cut with a Sharpie®. For a more intricate pattern, print out an image of the design and glue it to the metal with rubber cement found at any office supply center.
  • For tips for sawing sheet metal with a jeweler’s saw, check out our blog post.
  • Punch holes for adding chain, and to embellish the tabs.
  • Texturize the metal, and patina to add more depth to the metal.
  • For other metal jewelry inspirations, including a project with an explosion prong, check out Kim St. Jean's book Mixed Metal Mania (#62-900).

Free Technique Sheets & How-Tos

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 strand [use 8] #49-957-05-7 Bead, Cast, 5mm Heishi
  • 1 strand [use 8] #26-834-7 Bead, Faceted Cube, 4.5mm
  • 1 strand [use 1] #21-005-198-40 Bead, Red Creek Jasper, Faceted Freeform Slab
  • 1 strand [use 6] #21-880-198 Bead, Red Creek Jasper, Round, 10mm
  • 1 strand [use 4] #21-886-198 Bead, Red Creek Jasper, Round, 6mm
  • 1 spool [use 20-24"] #40-099-07-7 Chain, Footage, Rollo, 4.5mm
  • 1 dozen [use 1] #39-348-7 Clasp, Lobster, 22mm
  • 1 each #69-189 Cut Lube, 2oz
  • 1 ounce [use 10] #37-722-7 Eye Pin, 2", Standard
  • 1 ounce [use 1] #37-178-7 Jump Ring, Round, 10mm
  • 1 ounce [use 9] #37-145-6 Jump Ring, Round, 6mm
  • 1 each #86-310 Novacan Black Patina
  • 1 each #64-980-24 Sheet, 24 Gauge, 6x6"

Tools

  • #63-537 Polishing Cloth, Brilliant
  • #69-339-60 Saw Blade, #6/0
  • #69-261 Tool, Bench Block & Clamp
  • #69-138 Tool, Hammer, Chasing
  • #69-235 Tool, Metal Punch, Two Hole
  • #69-142 Tool, Needle File Set, 10pc
  • #69-172 Tool, Saw Frame, 4" with Screw
  • #69-291 Tool, Set, Zebra Stripe, Six-Piece Set
Additional Supplies
  • Cotton swabs (to apply patina)
  • Extra fine-point Sharpie