Friday, May 16, 2014

Convert A Napkin Ring Into A Pendant

Hi again, my friends!  I made some necklaces featuring these pretty, antiqued-finish pendants...





Would you have guessed they started out as a thrift store find?  Vintage napkin rings!




In the spirit of the grapes, I chose a nice red.  A little fruity, a little grassy, with a bit of old patina and a just hint of plated jump ring.



Wanna give this a whirl?  Here's the very easy DIY.


Snip off most of the ring, leaving about an inch of wire poking up.  Use hefty wire cutters for this, not delicate jewelry snips.



Take a look at those rough cut edges in the center of the focal piece.  Too sharp!  Use flat pliers to squish them tight, tight, tight against the back, so they won't snag or scratch.  If needed, you can use a file to sand them smooth.



Now comes the big move.  With round nose pliers, grab the end of the wire tail.  Curl a big loop.  Make sure to tuck it tight against the back of the focal piece so no rough edges poke out.



If your napkin ring has two wires, make a second loop.



That's it!  Your pendant is done and ready to string.






Isn't that fun?  I must go hunting for more of those cute napkin rings.


If you guys find them first, I won't be mad.


Linking up to the vintage party at http://mysalvagedtreasures.blogspot.com/


9 comments:

  1. Another item to add to my focus list. These are just the cutest!!

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  2. Love it! I love grapey things and I love metal things and I pretty much love everything you do!!

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  3. oh so many possibilities, you can color then with patina inks, nail paint and add different types of stringing materials

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  4. Great! Going a napking ring hunting at Pier I

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  5. very cute- makes me think about some napkin rings I saw- but I didn't know how to use them (other than the obvious)

    what did you do with the banner?

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  6. Brilliant idea.. and it truly looks amazing :) thanks for sharing dear!!

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  7. Amazing work! I love this idea and tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  8. Amazing work! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing your "oh so clever" necklace at Vintage Inspiration Party. I'm inspired!

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