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Pocket-watch locket

Preserve a treasure in a trendy pendant
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You can get a little sentimental when you choose a photo, mementos, or tiny trinkets to encase in this glass-front pendant.

SUPPLIES 

necklace

  • 20–30mm pocket-watch pendant (various styles available on Etsy and hobbylobby.com)
  • 20mm round picture
  • 6 10mm bird beads, in different finishes
  • 4–8mm flat charm
  • 1–2 3–4mm beads
  • 3–7 2–5mm watch parts or other trinkets (optional)
  • 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 4–5 ft. (1.2–1.5m) chain, in three styles
  • 6 3-in. (7.6cm) head pins
  • 6 5mm jump rings
  • three-strand toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • Dazzle-Tac glue

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Use a coin to remove the back of a pocket-watch pendant. Cut out a 20mm round picture. Make sure the picture is right side up and centered, and glue it to the inside of the watch back.
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2. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) piece of wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach a charm and complete the wraps. String one or two 3–4mm beads and the hole of the pendant. Make a wrapped loop.
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3. If desired, place a few watch parts inside the pendant. Reattach the back of the pendant.
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4. Trim the head from a head pin. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a bird bead and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make four bead units.
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5. Decide how long you want your necklace to be. (My necklace is 23 in./58cm.) Cut three pieces of chain to that length. Cut each chain in half. Cut one chain 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4cm) from one end. Attach a loop of a bead unit to each end, and complete the wraps. Repeat with the remaining half of the chain.Cut another chain 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8cm) from one end. Attach a loop of a bead unit to each end, and complete the wraps. Repeat with the remaining half of the chain.
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6. Make two bead units as in step 4. Attach one loop of each to the pendant and the remaining loop to three chains. Complete the wraps.
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7. On each end, open a jump ring and attach a chain and the corresponding loop of half of a clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat to attach each remaining chain.
Click here for instructions and a supply list to make matching earrings!
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