Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rock Out

Lately I've been seeing a lot of jewelry that is made from Agate stone. Like these from Viva Terra



Or these I saw on Zappos along with some similar ones I saw at Target and Dillards:






I think they are cool but the prices are crazy! $200 for the most expensive down to $34 for the one I saw at Target. I'm sorry, I'm no jewelry expert but these remind me of those rocks you used to get at the Discovery Store when you were little. 

So I thought about how I could make some of my own. Sadly the Discovery Store in our mall is no longer. I was not discouraged though- I made a stop at the Planetarium in Baton Rouge when I was there this past weekend and was excited to find some of these guys for only $3-4 each:



I started with the first one thinking it would be the easiest to make. There wasn't a picture to show how the chain is attached to the rock, but from the description online it sounded like the chain is attached with wire wound around the bottom of the rock. 


So bought some thin jewelry wire at Micheals:


And I just began winding it around:




When I was about halfway done I attached a ring through the wire:


Once I thought I had wound it enough so that it wouldn't come off, I twisted the end of the wire at the bottom of the stone:


Then snipped the excess off:


To finish it off I attached it to a chain I also bought at Micheal's:


Done! Easy! 


This only cost me about $10, much better than the $198 I saw online. And it only took about 15 minutes to make! So head to your local science museum, raid your kids rock collection, and go for it!



And stay tuned for Part Two where I use these guys to make some more jewelry:
















24 comments:

Lori said...

Very nice! I love the rough, natural look of the stone.

Gail said...

I struggled with the same dilemma. Why can't all pretty things have a hole in them so we can string them? I love your solution. Mine is similar, but different. Check it out

http://www.cantstopmakingthings.com/2009/04/day-at-beach-for-mom.html

Cheryl said...

Totally agree with you on the prices of those being crazy. Yours looks just as cute. Stopping by via Fun to Craft:)

Andrea said...

Cool necklaces! Good job!
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Crystal said...

THats really pretty. I love how yours turned out and the price is much better.

Sarah said...

I agree that the price points are way out of whack on a lot of the stone pieces around these days. Rock and gem suppliers are the way to go. I keep my crystal necklaces simple & source everything at local rock and gem shows. It's fun finding just the right pieces.

Sarah

http://sadiedesigns.blogspot.com

Anitra Cameron said...

It's crazy what they want for things, and I think your necklace is at least as pretty!

Another place to get inexpensive stone is your local pet store--check out the aquarium rocks. I never go anywhere else for amethyst since someone alerted me to that source.

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Deanne said...

Very clever, can't wait to see the next ones you make!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Fabulous DIY of designer jewelry. The necklace is fantastic -- rustic and elegant at the same time. Can't wait to see what you do with the other stones. Love the look of them.
Cass

Meg said...

This is so beautiful! I love how thrifty you made it as well! Great job!

Emily said...

LOVE this!

Design Love said...

Hi! You are very talented! I love DIY jewelery!!I'm here from It's so very Cheri...great job!

Cindy

Tony and Kimra said...

ooooh, I've always had a thing for pretty rocks! I love what you've done! Come check out my blog!

Kimra
htpp://crafty-cove.blogspot.com

Alison said...

Very nifty! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest.

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Alison
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Sherrie said...

Very clever and creative. Good for you. I can't wait to see what you do with the rest.

Ginger said...

Cool! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Melissa said...

It is crazy what they will charge for something like that...great piece and great way to save your wallet.

Amie said...

I'm so happy you posted this! I picked up some pretty jewels at a craft fair and wanted to make something out of them but didn't know how. Now I do, thanks. :)

Amie @ http://www.kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

Nikki said...

Super cute! Can't wait to see what you do with the other stones!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day :)

Mally said...

I love this idea. My kids have some of those rocks but I never even thought of making jewlery out of them. Especially how to hang them. So cleaver. I'll have to try this myself. Thanks for all your great ideas.

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Tina Skirde said...

Hello! I saw your tutorial on how to make the geode necklace with jewelry wire. You had mentioned at the end that you would be doing a part two with the geode slices. Did you do part two? Can you send me a link? Its exactly what I want to do with some geode slices I have but can't find info on how to do it anywhere. Your blog has a lot of great info! Thanks!

Jeanette Manzanera said...

Well i'm waiting for part 2...I have a coupla pieces of the flat agate also...just different colors! Good job on the necklace!