The North Star Necklace Tutorial

Written by
Mollie Valente
Published on
February 1, 2022 3:14:25 PM PST February 1, 2022 3:14:25 PM PSTst, February 1, 2022 3:14:25 PM PST

Created by: Mollie Valente

Designer Tips

  • Create a bail using a 5/16" x 3" piece of 24-gauge copper sheet: Cut, file, stamp, punch and ream the holes a bit larger. Use bail-making pliers to bend the stamped piece into a bail (dead center so the holes line up). Patina after bending.
  • Stamp the brass star charm: See Techniques for Creating Stamped Metal Charms.
  • Create gemstone donut chainmaille: Add four 10mm jump rings to each donut. Connect two per side with 8mm jump rings. Use 8mm jump rings on the ends.
  • The clasp is on the side of the necklace. The pendant is centered when the end links on the antiqued copper chain line up.
  • New to jewelry-making? For help securely opening & closing jump rings, and other basics, see Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF).

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 strand [use 6] #26-804 or #26-832-0 Approximately 4mm Faceted Brass Cube or Rectangle Beads (handmade -- styles vary from batch to batch)
  • 1 spool [use 18", two 9"] #40-099-21-6 2.8mm Drawn Flattened Cable Chain by the Spool (or other favorite Cable or Paperclip Chain)
  • 1 spool [use 10"] #40-099-23-7 11mm Oval Roll Chain by the Spool (or other favorite chain)
  • 1 doz [use 1] #44-409-0 Charm, Star, 12mm
  • 3 ea #21-647-034 Donut, Picture Jasper, 15mm
  • 1 ea #21-646-034 Donut, Picture Jasper, 35mm
  • 1 oz [use 15] #37-178-6 Jump Ring, Round, 10mm
  • 1 oz [use 1] #37-145-6 Jump Ring, Round, 6mm
  • 1 oz [use 8] #37-167-6 Jump Ring, Round, 8mm
  • 1 pkg [use 1] #49-947-44-7 Link, Cast, Round, Hammertone, 13mm
  • 1 ea #86-354 Liver of Sulfur, 4 oz.
  • 1 ea #64-980-24 Sheet, 24 Gauge, 6x6"
  • 1 pkg [use 1] #55-000-01 Tim Holtz idea-ology®, Sprocket Gears
  • 1 pkg [use 1] Tim Holtz idea-ology® Swivel Clasps (out of production) -- We recommend subbing a large lobster clasp, but you might also like on of these swivel clips.

Tools

  • #69-275-21 Wubbers™, Medium Bail Making Pliers
  • #69-422 Screwdriver Set, 6 Piece, Economy
  • #69-241-01 1/8" Letter Stamp Set
  • #69-058 Tool, Bead Reamer, Battery Operated
  • #69-271-99 Tool Set, Glitter, Four-Piece Set
  • #69-346 Tool, Hammer, Brass, 1lb
  • #69-235 Tool, Metal Punch, Two Hole
  • #69-125 Tool, Steel 4" Square Block

Additional Supplies

  • Solid brass bolt from hardware store (#4-40)
  • Solid brass nuts from hardware store (#4-40, 2 nuts are hidden inside)