I make so many long layering necklaces that I thought I would make a short, simple necklace to mix it up. This is perfect for beginning jewelry-making. Not only will you learn an easy way to customize monogram charms, you’ll get the basics of putting a necklace together.
Supplies needed to make your own monogram necklace:
- Jump Rings
- Head Pins
- Brass Circle Charm
- Jewelry Pliers
- Acrylic or Chalk Paint
- Foam Brush
- Mod Podge
- Stencil – You have lots of options for the stencil. You can find a stencil ready-made (this one will not work for this project), you can cut a stencil with an Xacto knife out of adhesive vinyl or you can use a personal cutting machine to create a stencil. I opted to use the Silhouette Cameo to cut a letter .525 inches wide x 1.295 tall out of adhesive vinyl.
Step 1: Begin your monogram necklace by putting a little paint on the brass circle. You don’t have to cover the whole circle.
Step 2: Wipe most of the paint off, leaving a bit around the edges.
Step 4: Use a foam brush to dab paint over the stencil. If your stencil doesn’t cover the whole circle, be careful not to get paint past the edges.Step 5: Let the paint dry and cover the whole charm with a layer of Mod Podge. You can do this with the foam brush, just be sure to wash the brush quickly.
Step 6: Place two beads on two head pins, use pliers to create a loop at one end of each head pin. Here’s a tutorial showing step-by-step instructions on how to create the loop.
Step 7: String the beads and the monogram charm onto a jump ring, close the jump ring.
Step 8: String the charm onto a piece of chain. For a chain that hangs just below your collarbone, use the 3-in-1 pliers to cut the chain to 20 inches.Step 9: Finish the necklace off by placing a jump ring on one end of the necklace and attaching a clasp to the other end. You can do both of these by opening and closing jump rings with pliers.