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After seeing a lot of raw gem jewelry pop up lately, I decided I could easily replicate it. This tutorial shows how to make a pendant, but I also used the same concepts to make earrings, much like the Anthropologie ones shown above.
When I was younger, I had a thing for crystals. As a result, I have a lot of random rocks/minerals/crystals laying around that I was able to use for this project. If you aren’t a weirdo crystal collector like I once was, I’m sure you can find some cheap raw crystals online (for example http://www.thecrystalman.com/tcm/raw.htm).
Anyway, you will need:
• Raw crystals
• Gold leaf
• Gold leaf base coat, adhesive, and sealer (conveniently sold in a kit like this which I found at Michael’s)
• Jump ring
• Aleene’s Jewel-It Embellishing glue
• Necklace chain
*To be fair, a similar look can be achieved much more quickly using gold paint. However, I like the look of gold leaf, as to me it looks more “gold-dipped” than paint does.
You will notice that one of these crystals in entirely translucent, while one is more of a geode and has an opaque side.
Tf you don't use the base coat, will the leaf adhere just as well? Thanks! This is great! D you have a finished product picture?
Thanks! Yes, it should adhere just as well as long as you use enough glue and sealer. I've been meaning to post some finished product pics, I just haven't gotten around to it yet! 🙂
That is so cool thanks for sharing!!
thank you!!!! <3
Thank you so much for this tutorial!!!
This is so cool! Just what I was looking for. I plan to do it on shark teeth to make pendants. Thank you!
what size jump ring do you use?
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