Easy how to make a necklace instructions using faceted sunstone gemstone beads and a mysterious carved wood pendant, accentuated with bali silver beads.
Learn how to put together this necklace with simple making bead jewelry techniques and jewelry making pendant techniques.
One of my most favorite jewelry making ideas is to feature unique pendants when I make a necklace.
One day, at a wholesale bead show, I came across this rather mysterious carved wood pendant. Curious, I asked the lady what all these symbols meant.
"Good Luck," she said.
I realized though, that with the thousands of years of history and culture in all Asian countries combined, it was probably easier to say everything meant "good luck" than trying to remember what each symbol meant, what culture it came from, and the time and place of origin of each symbol.
I bought a bunch of these anyway, since they gave me a good feeling, and I was pretty sure that the care and time it took to carve these symbols meant that it wasn't a pendant that was going to curse my customers for 7 generations....
“Why does every Asian inspired pendant have a generic meaning of good luck?"
How to Make a Necklace?
When I got home, I started rummaging around my jewelry making materials, looking for the perfect gemstone beads to use to make necklace. I found the perfect gemstone match: sunstone. Sunstone frequently comes in a copper orange color, with gold sparkles, much like the flashes of colors you see in moonstone and labradorite. It was the perfect jewelry making gemstone color to complement the warm wood tones of the pendant.
But how to make a necklace without knowing what these symbols meant? I took the pendant with me to one of the artisan markets that I sold at, knowing that one of my regular customers would know.
Sure enough, several of my customers knew what those symbols meant. One of my favorite customers was so excited when she saw these symbols, she couldn't wait for me to make a necklace so she could buy it!
Ashtamangala: 8 Auspicious Symbols
"These 8 symbols, called Ashtamangala," she said, eyeing the pendant, "represent the eight auspicious symbols that lead to enlightenment in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism."
- Double Fish: The sacred Yamuna and Ganges Rivers in India, representing the lunar and solar channels. Fish are also a symbol of happiness.
- Lotus: Symbol of purity of the soul emerging, as a lotus does, through the mud and murky waters and reaching for the sun.
- Eternal Knot: the eternal wisdom and compassion of Buddha, and also the idea of harmony as an idea of intertwined paths of cause and affect.
- Treasure Vase: The idea that life is filled with an endless supply of spiritual abundance and wisdom.
- Wheel of Law: Representing Buddha's teaching of enlightenment and also of mandalas and chakras.
- Victory Banner: Celebrating the conquering of worldly obstacles.
- Parasol: Representing the sky, and the unfolding of consciousness
- Conch: Symbolizing the awakening of the soul, and the spread of good will, much like the spreading of the sound emerging from the shell.
Wow! This pendant meant a little more than just "Good Luck!" I knew exactly how to make a necklace with this pendant now. ~Oran
Jewelry Making Materials & Tools
The jewelry making materials used in this gemstone necklace are:
- 1 carved wood pendant = $8.00
- 1 3 inch sterling silver headpin = $.50
- 5 3mm sterling silver ball = $.65
- 3 6mm bali silver bead cap = $2.40
- 3 4mm bali silver flower spacers = $.72
- 20 inches of .19mm 49 steel strand stringing wire = $.82
- 1 strand faceted sunstone gemstone bead, 2mm X 5mm = $10.00
- 1 sterling silver toggle clasp = $6.00
- 3 2 X 2mm sterling silver crimp beads = $.42
Jewelry making tool: chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, and a bead clamp (binder clip will do, but you can use a hemostat or some masking tape).
Get Your Own Ashtamangala Pendant!
How to Make a Necklace Instructions
Jewelry Making Pendant
Take your 3 inch sterling silver headpin and string a 1 X 2 crimp, a 4mm flower spacer, the pendant, 6mm bali silver bead cap, 3mm ball, and finish with a 4mm bali silver flower spacer.
The combination of these beads and spacers make for a nicely finished jewelry pendant.
Making a Pendant Bail
Using your chain nose pliers, bend the head pin 90 degrees, about 1/8 inch from the top of the flower spacer.
Finishing the Pendant
Using your round nose pliers, make a small loop about 1/8 inch in diameter.
Wrap the extra wire around the core 2 or 3 times and trim and blend.
Jewelry Making with Beads
Use a binder clip to keep your beads from sliding around. String about one inch of the sunstone, then a 6mm beadcap, then 3mm ball, then pendant, and then reverse the order.
I prefer to transition out of the use of metal on the pendant into the necklace, but you are free to use your own jewelry making ideas.
Finishing a Necklace
Continue to string the sunstone beads to your desired necklace length, keeping in mind the clasp takes up about 1 inch in length.
To make a cleaner finish, I transition with a flower spacer and sterling silver ball, then string the toggle and 2 X 2mm crimp.
Crimping Plier Tool
Using your crimping plier tool, finish off the crimp, and trim the extra stringing wire. Finish up the other side of the necklace.
You've now completed the how to make a necklace instructions and are ready to figure out your pricing formulas. Have fun making your own versions of this necklace!
Cost of Materials
Total cost of Jewelry Making Materials: $29.51
Cost of Labor or Build Time
Labor: 8 minutes @ $1 per minute = $8.00
Toal Labor: $8.00
So using the wholesale pricing formula of:
1.15 X (Materials + Build Time + EDF + GP) + Profit
Wholesale Price =1.15 X ($29.51 + $8.00 + 0 + 0) + $6.00
We are not charging emotional distress fee (EDF) or GP (Genius Pay) on this piece as it is a fairly simple necklace to put together. The profit margin for this necklace will be $6.00.
Wholesale price =: 1.15 X ($37.51) + $6.oo = $49.14
We'll round off our minimum wholesale price to $49.00
Retail Pricing Formula
For background info:Retail Pricing Formula.
Ok, so now we get to the interesting part!
At retail, this necklace would go for: $108-$122.00
Higher end retailers will sell for: $196-$245.00
How to Make a Necklace for your Market
Sometimes you'll find that your local market can't support these retail prices. If so, here are a few jewelry making tips to achieve the right price point when making this necklace:
- Consider making the necklace with smooth sunstone rondelles, as faceted roundelles are more epensive.
- For a cheaper version, you can use sunstone chips for necklace making.
- Change the sterling silver toggle clasp for a simpler one such as a springring clasp. Or make your own hook clasp with sterling silver wire.
- Try making a necklace with a piece of leather suede corde as the main necklace.
I hope you've enjoyed this how to make a necklace tutorial, and good luck with all your jewelry making ideas!
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