DIY Upcycled Key Pendant and Beaded Chain Necklace

While I was suffering from a broken ankle, I watched ALL the YouTube and discovered the Pirate Pretties Jewelry Challenge from Angela of Pirate Pretties. I've mentioned this challenge a few times in my monthly list of art challenges. Reveal day each month is the 15th. That's TODAY! This birthstone inspiration challenge this month asked that we design with either pearls or alexandrite, use gold or silver, make a necklace, and (optionally) include a bold pendant. Here's what I made.

I did try to sort through pendants in my stash for one that I felt was BOLD enough. And, I considered making one with a rainbow of tin pieces. But, nothing felt quite right. I'm not even sure what steered me toward the key drawer, but here we are. 

The key is attached simply to the rectangle of tin with some wire. It is sturdy and works beautifully. 

The challenge is really to use the birthstone. So, the pearls went into the chain along with some crystal clear glass beads. I also decided to alternate silver and gold-colored wire. 

Of course, I recorded the process of making this handmade pendant and beaded chain necklace, if you want to see how the whole thing was pulled together. 

I know I probably overthought such a simple prompt as Pearls, but that's what I do. 
What would you have made?


  1. I really like this necklace and am impressed with how you incorporated all the parts of the challenge, including little details like alternating silver and gold wire. Nice!

    1. Thanks so much, Ann! Yeah, once the pendant was made that had both silver and gold in it, I decided to continue that mixed metal theme through the whole chain too. I think it worked out well, I just had to keep reminding myself to switch wire so I wouldn't' forget. ha!

  2. I love the simplicity of it and how you have contrasted the stark tin with the elegant pearls.

    1. Thank you, Divya! Your praise means so much.


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