Pendant tutorial – black cord setting

To start this school year on good tracks, here is a new, very easy tutorial!

I will show how to set a pendant on a cord. Setting jewellery on a chain is even easier, but sometimes, depending on the type of pendant, a nice black cord looks better.



You will need: 

  • a pretty pendant you want to wear;
  • a good length of ‘rattail’ viscose cord (2 mm);
  • some glue, efficient enough to hold metal and fabric together;
  • 2 cord terminators with a 2 mm internal diameter;
  • 2 jump rings (5 mm);
  • a clasp and, if you wish, an extension chain;
  • scissors;
  • the traditional round-nose and flat-nose pliers.

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Step 1 — The cord

Cut your cord to the desired length. I am making a choker here, so I cut a 38 cm (15 in.) piece.

Now, I am using terminators that need to be glued, not flattened. The problem with rattail cord is that it is made of many fibers that will unravel and bend when you try to slide them in the terminators. So we need to harden the ends and make the fibers stick together.

First, trim the cord’s ends a bit to make them slightly pointed. No need to be very precise, only shape them approximately. It will fit more easily inside the terminators later. But don’t trim them too much so they don’t get too thin.

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Then, spread a tiny drop of glue on each end, on about 2 millimetres’ length, taking care of gathering all the loose fibers together. Leave it to dry.

When both ends are dry, you will see they are hardened by the glue, which will make them easier to slide in the terminators. And no more unravelling!

Put another drop of glue on the end and push the terminator over it. The glue will spread when it slides in.

Don’t worry if the glue overflows, leave it. It will be easy to take off without making a mess when it’s dry: if you wipe it, it will leave glue traces on the cord. Instead, you can cut it out afterwards very gently with a scalpel of a box cutter.

Step 2 — the pendant

Now, when everything is dry and cleaned up, you can thread your pendant on the cord. Nothing complicated here!

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Step 3 — the clasp

Once the pendant is set on the cord, open a jump ring using the pliers.

Hook the ring into the terminator’s hole, then hook your clasp to the ring.

Close the ring with the pliers.

Repeat on the other end, with the extension chain attached to the ring (or not).


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You now possess a lovely pendant that you set yourself! It really was easy, wasn’t it?

Have fun!

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Asymmetrical necklace tutorial – Séraphine

Today, I will show you how to make “Séraphine”, a lovely model of asymmetrical necklace. It takes a bit of calculation, trial and error when ’re improvising it, but once you’ve got the measures down, it’s fairly easy to make.

You will need: 

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  • 4 beads  of your choice (12 mm)
  • 8 small beads (2 mm) [optional]
  • 4 pins (3 eye pins, 1 head pin — or 4 head pins)
  • 7 jump rings (5 mm)
  • Around 70 cm of chain (27.5 in.)
  • 1 clasp
  • 1 extension chain [optional]
  • Flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, and cutting pliers.

asymmetrical necklace DIY

Set 3 of the 4 beads on the pins and make an eye loop at each end using your round-nose pliers. For the 4th bead, choose a head pin and make only one eye loop on top. It will be the ‘hanging’ bead. I chose this pattern: 1 small bead, 1 large, 1 small. But you can change it as you like, of course.

Tip : you don’t ever need to buy eye pins. Simply buy head pins and cut the head off to make the eye loop yourself. It will save you money and time!

asymmetrical necklace DIY

Connect these 4 beaded pins with jump rings, putting the one with a head pin at the bottom, but don’t close the rings yet.

Now, cut 5 strands of chain, following the measures below (in centimeters) — here is the conversion:

16 cm = 6.3 in. / 14 cm = 5.5 in. / 13,5 cm = 5.3 in. / 7 cm = 2.7 in.

asymmetrical necklace DIY

Attach the 3 strands of chain (13,5, 14 and 16 cm) to the rings as shown, starting from the bottom, and close them. To the 4th ring, attach the second 16 cm chain strand and close the ring. At the other end, attach the clasp with another ring.


Take the first 3 strands of chain and attach them at the end, all together, to another ring. Add to this the last 7 cm chain strand and close the ring. Add at the end the clasp ring and extension chain.

Voilà !

asymmetrical necklace

asymmetrical necklace

You are now the proud maker of a very elegant and original necklace. In my experience, it is usually quite successful in social situations; I always get compliments.

Have fun!

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Jewellery making tutorial : Vivianne

Today, I’m trying to offer a mini-tutorial.

For the basic aspects (how to open and close rings, how to set a clasp…), there are already plenty of excellent tutorials online, so I’m only covering the specifics on this one (mostly the measurements).

Of course, being the uncomplicated person that I am, I had to try and draw it.

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‘Vivianne’ is a jewellery set with matching earrings and necklace. I chose flat, not quite round Czech glass beads. They are a bright, translucent green with a slight turquoise blue shading. This particular colour goes very well with a dark chain.

I wanted something asymmetrical but simple. It took quite a few tests to find a satisfying combination.


Here is the final result:

Jewellery set Vivianne

(Click to see more pictures)



Round-nose pliers

Flat-nose pliers

Cutting pliers

Around 45-50 cm chain (20 inches).

5 eye pins (40 mm)

1 head pin, for the pendant bead

1 lobster clasp

1 extension chain (60 mm)

Beads (20 mm)

11 jump rings (5 mm)



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