Today, I am going to share with you a fun and simple jewelry project. I love having jewelry that has my family’s birthstones on them. I was browsing through the Oriental Trading catalog and found a pretty tree pendant charm. I thought it was so cute and would be perfect for creating a family tree necklace with it.
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- Tree Pendant Charm
- Cut Glass Crystal Bicone Beads
- Silver headpins
- Silver jump rings
- Jewelry pliers
- Silver diamond pattern chain (optional)
- Necklace chain of your choice
I chose crystal bicone beads to match each family member’s birthstones – emerald (May) , garnet (January) and tourmaline (October). I used larger ones for my husband and me and smaller ones for my kids. Add the bicone bead to a head pin.
See this link to find out birthstones: Birthstones by Month
Use needle nose pliers to bend the head pin at the top of the bead at a 90-degree angle.
Use round nose pliers to bend the wire in a loop.
While holding the loop with the round nose pliers, twist the wire around the excess straight head pin above the top of the bead.
Repeat the above steps for each bead for each member of your family.
Open a jump ring with your pliers to attach the wired beads to the tree pendant.
I attached the two beads that represent my husband and me at the top. I added the beads that represent our kids to the bottom branches. There is plenty of room to add multiple beads if you have more than two children.
To attach the finished pendant to my necklace strand, I used a loop off of a silver diamond pattern chain, opened it up, and attached it to the pendant at the top. If you don’t have any chain, you can easily use a jump ring instead.
Note: The tree charm I bought has been discontinued. You can find several really great alternatives here.
I think this necklace turned out really pretty and is a great representation of my little family.
So, tell me, have you ever made jewelry before?
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