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Polished Stone Necklace Kits


Instructions for using bell caps and epoxy to make a chain necklace with pendant.

Polished stone necklace pendants
The image above shows some of our favorite necklace pendants. We made them using stones listed in the polished stone menu at right. The stones pictured above from left to right are: Carnelian agate, tree agate, red tiger eye, yellow quartz, lapis lazuli and banded amethyst. Medium-size gems from our polished stones mixtures also work well as pendants.

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Introduction



Canít find that perfect necklace to go with your new dress? We have the solution! Make your own beautiful polished-stone necklace. Making a polished stone necklace is a simple craft that you can do at home. The best part about making your own necklace is that you know the pendant will match your dress nicely because you picked out the stone.

Step 1: Supplies needed to make a keychain



Keychain parts  
  • Tumbled stones (we recommend medium-size stones)
  • Necklace, Bell Cap and Bail: (Purchase a necklace parts)
  • Epoxy and a small piece of cardboard
  • Burnisher (recommended):  Easier shaping of bell cap.
  • Sand or clay (recommended)
  • Step 2: Choosing a stone



    Tumbled stones   The color and shape of the stone are the main aspects to consider when picking out which stone to use. First look for stones that have a color that matches your dress. Then from those stones pick one with an aesthetic shape that tapers to a point that will work well with a bell cap.

    Check out the picture at left to help visualize what we are talking about. The stone doesnít have to be the exact shape of the of the bell cap because you will be adjusting the shape of the bell cap in the next step.

    Step 3: Preparing the stone and bell cap



    Prepare your stone and bell cap   The first thing to do when preparing the stone and bell cap is shape the bell cap to fit the stone properly. You shape the bell cap by placing it on the edge of the stone where you plan to glue it and gently bend the bell cap fingers so that they come into full contact with the stone. This can be done with out using tools, however, it is much easier to get a perfect fit using a burnisher.

    Now that the bell cap is shaped to the stone it is necessary to lightly sandpaper the points on the stone where the bell cap will be attached. This light sanding will provide a rough surface for the glue to adhere. After sanding clean both the bell cap and stone using a detergent or mild solvent. This will remove oily fingerprints and residue that prevent the epoxy from adhering properly to the stone and bell cap.

    Step 4: Using epoxy to attach the bell cap to the stone



    Epoxy 330

    Epoxy 330
      With the bell cap and polished stone now clean and dry it is time to attach them to one another. We use Epoxy 330 but there are many other types of jewelry glue (we review several types of glue here). To use Epoxy 330, place one drop of Part-A (the resin) on a piece of cardboard then put one drop of Part-B (the hardener) next to it and mix them thoroughly. We often use a paperclip or toothpick to mix the two parts.

    Now that the epoxy is mixed it is time to attach the bell cap to the stone. Using your chosen stirring utensil, spread a small amount of epoxy on each finger of the bell cap. Cover each finger of the cap (on the side that will touch the stone) with a thin coat of the epoxy. Now place the bell cap on the stone in the same location where you adjusted the finger shapes.

    The epoxy takes 15 minutes to set and about two hours to harden. Here is where the sand or clay comes in handy. Place the stone in the sand or a lump of clay so the the bell cap is level and wonít slide out of place. Make sure that the sand does not come in contact with the epoxy because it will harden around the sand.

    Step 5: Attaching the stone and bell cap to the necklace



    Tie tacks in sand   After the the epoxy has fully hardened it is time to attach the bail to the bell cap. This is done by squeezing the bail and sliding the narrow end through the loop of the bell cap. Then thread the necklace chain though the bail. Now you have your very own one-of-a-kind polished-stone necklace that goes perfectly with that new dress.
     
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    Gemstones of the World We highly recommend: Gemstones of the World (fifth edition) by Walter Schumann. One of the most popular gemstone books ever written, with over one million copies sold. It has about 100 pages of basic gemstone information and about 200 pages dedicated to photos and descriptions of over 100 gems and gem materials.

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    Amazonite
    Apache Tears gemstone
    Apache Tears
    Apricot agate gemstone
    Apricot Agate
    Banded amethyst gemstones
    Banded Amethyst
    Banded Carnelian gemstone
    Banded Carnelian
    Black-chalcedony gemstones
    Black Chalcedony
    Blue lace agate gemstones
    Blue Lace
    Agate
    Blue Tigers Eye gemstone
    Blue
    Tiger Eye
    Botswana agate gemstones
    Botswana
    Agate
    Brecciated Jasper gemstone
    Brecciated Jasper
    Carnelian gemstones
    Carnelian Agate
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    Chrysocolla in Quartz
    Citrine quartz gemstones
    Citrine
    Quartz
    Citron chrysoprase gemstone
    Citron Chrysoprase
    Colored moonstone gemstones
    Colored Moonstone
    Crystal quartz gemstone
    Crystal Quartz
    Dumortierite gemstone
    Dumortierite
    Fluorite gemstone
    Fluorite
    Gold tigers eye gemstones
    Gold
    Tiger Eye
    Green aventurine gemstones
    Green Aventurine
    Green Moss Agate gemstone
    Green Moss Agate
    Hematite gemstones
    Hematite
    Kambamba Jasper gemstone
    Kambamba Jasper
    Labradorite gemstones
    Labradorite
    Lapis lazuli gemstones
    Lapis Lazuli
    Leopard skin jasper gemstones
    Leopard Skin
    Lilac amethyst gemstones
    Lilac Amethyst
    Mookaite gemstone
    Mookaite
    Ocean jasper gemstones
    Ocean Jasper
    Orange quartz gemstones
    Orange Quartz
    Petrified wood gemstones
    Petrified Wood
    Picasso Stone gemstone
    Picasso Stone
    Picture jasper gemstones
    Picture Jasper
    Pink Aventurine gemstone
    Pink Aventurine
    Pink Botswana Agate gemstone
    Pink Botswana
    Prehnite gemstone
    Prehnite
    Raspberry rhodonite gemstone
    Raspberry Rhodonite
    Red jasper gemstones
    Red Jasper
    Red Tigers Eye gemstone
    Red
    Tiger Eye
    Rhodonite gemstones
    Rhodonite
    Rose quartz gemstones
    Rose Quartz
    Snowflake obsidian gemstones
    Snowflake Obsidian
    Sodalite gemstones
    Sodalite
    Sunstone gemstone
    Sunstone
    Tree agate gemstones
    Tree Agate
    Unakite gemstone
    Unakite
    White moonstone gemstones
    White
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