2 natural brass headpins (2 inches long)
3 4mm Swarovski crystals in Light Turquoise
1 natural brass connector/pendant
28 inches of brass-toned chain
3 brass-toned open jump rings (3mm)
1 brass-toned lobster clasp (not in photo)
Jeweler's pliers (one or two pairs, depending on your preference)
1. Slide a crystal onto a headpin. With the tips of your pliers, make a 90 degree bend in the headpin just above the bead.
2. Cut the excess tail from your headpin so that it measures just under 1/2 an inch long.
3. Here's a quick tip for cutting headpins so they are all the same size: when you have trimmed your headpin to the desired size, take your scrap end and line it up with another headpin. Hold them both in your non-dominant hand and cut your headpin, using the scrap as your guide. Repeat for the remaining headpin. They should all be the same length now. Go ahead and make your 90 degree bends in the remaining headpins.
4. Now you'll make your loops. Line the very end of a 90 degree bent headpin and bead up with the mark on your pliers. Make sure the mark is facing up and clamp the pliers around the end of the headpin—hold the rest of the wire tightly with your other hand. Line the headpin up on that mark and make sure the pliers are at the very end of the headpin. Hold the pliers tightly and "roll" them toward you to make a loop. You will notice that you can only roll them so far before you have to stop. Readjust your hands on the pliers and make sure the pliers are snug in the loop you've started. Finish rolling the pliers toward you. Repeat for the other two headpins.
6. Slightly open a jump ring and slide it through the top loop of the connector/pendant with the same push/pull twist you used to open your headpin loops. You can use two pliers if it is easier for you. Close the jump ring reversing the motion.
Now you have a completed necklace! I hope you're inspired to make your own version of this necklace. What color would you have chosen for the beads?