Wear Your History ~ Crystal Family Photo Pendant Necklace Tutorial

A few weeks ago I shared my tutorial for how to make personalized family photo ornaments using chandelier crystals and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.  At the same time that I made the ornaments, I turned two of the pendants into vintage-style necklaces.  Each necklace featured a photo of one of my girls.  The necklaces are easy and inexpensive to make and are a wonderful way to carry someone you love close to your heart.

Crystal Pendant Photo Necklace

  • 1 crystal photo pendant (tutorial HERE)
  • 1 bail
  • 3 strands of chain, 24" long/ea
  • 1 24" piece of silk ribbon or vintage binding
  • 1 24" piece of ivory lace (I used a vintage piece that was 2 3/4" wide
  • 3-in-one jewelry pliers
  • 2 8mm open jump rings 
  • 2 4" pieces jewelry wire (thin enough for two strands to fit through your crimp beads.
  • 2 filigree bead caps or bead cones
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 1 toggle clasp
  • 2 crimp bead covers (optional)

Step 1:  Attach the bail to the pendant by inserting either end of the bail into the hole in the top of the pendant.

Step 2:   Open one of the jump rings slide one end of all three chains on.  Use pliers to close the jump ring.

Step 3:  Thread ribbon and lace through the jump ring.  Knot just above the jump ring, then trim.

Step 4:  Braid the chain (acting as a single strand), ribbon and lace, half way down.  When you reach the middle, loop the pendant onto the chain.  Continue braiding till approx. 1/2" remains.  

Step 5:  Repeat step 2 with the open end.

Step 6:  To attach the toggle, first slide one of the 4" wires up through the jump ring on one side of the strand.  Bring both ends of the wire up through a bead cap or cone to conceal the knotted ribbon.  You may wish to add a small dab of glue inside the cap.

Step 7:  Thread both wires through a crimp bead.  Thread both wires through the loop of one end of the toggle clasp.  Bring the wires back down through the crimp bead to create a tight loop.  Adjust so that toggle piece is close to the bead cap.  Crimp the crimp bead in place with pliers.  Trim excess wire.  Cover crimp bead with a crimp bead cover for a finished look.

Step 8:  Repeat process with the opposite side of the necklace and toggle clasp partner piece.

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