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Saturday, April 14, 2012

DIY Toggle Pendant Necklace

Recently my mom was wearing a necklace that she purchased a few years ago at Coldwater Creek. I really liked the style and after looking at it, I realized that it would be simple to make my own version using the same construction concept. I love that this necklace is really quick to make, yet the result is very striking. Whip one up for yourself today...you can finish it in time to wear it out tonight :).

Here's how you can make your own toggle pendant necklace...

  • Beads
  • Pendant Bead
  • Toggle Clasp
  • Long Headpin (I recommend sterling silver. It's a good idea to have a couple extra headpins on hand in case you accidentally break one or make a mistake.)
  • Bead Stringing Wire
  • 2 Wire Covers (horseshoes)
  • 4 Crimp Beads
  • 2 Crimp Bead Covers 
  • Open Jump Ring (not pictured)
  • Jewelry Tools: Wire Cutters, Flat Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers

Step 1: First we need to make the bezel so that the pendant bead can hang from the toggle clasp. Put the long headpin through the hole at the top of the pendant bead. Let the side with the head of the pin stick out further than the head-less end. Fold the two ends of the pin snuggly over the top of the pendant bead as pictured below.

Step 2: Grip the head side of the headpin with your flat nosed pliers and bend it straight up at at 90 degree angle as pictured below.

Step 3: Use your flat nose pliers to grip the same portion of the pin, but this time grip it right above the bend you just made. Bend the pin to the side at a 90 degree angle as illustrated in the photos below.

Step 4: Use your round nose pliers to grip the pin right at the bend that you just made. Wrap the pin around the round nose of the pliers as pictured below.

Step 5: Grip the curve of the pin with your flat nose pliers and bend it slightly in the opposite direction, as pictured below.

Step 6: Use your round nose pliers to pinch the bottom of the bezel loop together as pictured below. Straighten the bezel loop so that it is lined up with the center axis the bead, if necessary. Use your wire cutters to cut the head off of the pin.

Step 7: Use your pliers to wrap the other end of the pin around the base of the bezel loop to secure it. Trim off any excess portions of the pin using your wire cutters.

Step 8: String your beads onto the beading wire in any pattern that you like. Stop when you reach the desired length of your necklace.

Step 9: At one end of the necklace, string on two crimp beads, feed the wire through a wire protector, insert the wire protector/wire through the hole in one side of the toggle clasp, and then put the wire back through the same two crimp beads. Pull the wire taut and use your flat nose pliers to firmly flatten the crimp beads, securing the wire in place. Cover the crimp beads with a crimp bead cover.

Step 10: Repeat step 9 on the other end of the necklace. Make sure that you don't leave too much slack in the wire when you secure the crimp beads. Feed the wire tail back through some of the beads and trim off any excess.

Step 11: Almost done! Use the open jump ring to attach the pendent to the ring side of the toggle clasp.

Step 12: Voila! You now have a beautiful toggle pendant necklace!

First-Ever Giveaway! *This giveaway is now closed*
You may have noticed a few changes around here recently...I'm excited to announce that Twinkle and Twine was accepted to join the BlogHer Publishing Network! In addition, there is now a Twinkle and Twine Fan Page on Facebook! What better way to celebrate these new developments than with Twinkle and Twine's first-ever giveaway! Here are the details...

The Prize
One lucky winner will be the recipient of the toggle pendant necklace featured in this post!

How to Enter
To enter the giveaway, please do one or both of the following:
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There is a maximum of two entries per person, your comments on this post will serve as your entries for the giveaway. If you already "liked" and/or subscribed to the blog prior to this post, you are still eligible to enter, just leave your comment(s) below.

All comments must be posted by midnight (Pacific Time) on Friday, April 20th. A winner will be chosen at random (www.random.org). The winner will be announced on the blog next Saturday, April 21st.


  1. Great necklace! Clear instructions and pictures make this necklace appealing to make! Would make a great mother's day present too!

  2. Beautiful, as always, Rebekah! I do enjoy your tutorials. Also, I am subscribed to your blog and now officially "like" this blog :)

  3. I love it! I like you on FB!

  4. Rebekah,

    Congrats!  That is awesome!  You're already on my Google Reader, so please sign me up for a chance to win, please!  What a beautiful necklace - you do good work!  

  5. Hi Rebekah.  Really lovely site. Congrats on your BlogHer relationship!

  6. I love the necklace and I 'liked' you on Facebook :)

    Nicole DeZell

  7. I have already email signed up and facebook liked!

  8. Love the necklace and if I was not recovering from a broken hand I might try to make one. 

  9. Liked you on FB and liked the necklace - might try my hand at making some. Great gift idea!

  10. LOVE the necklace... I am a fan on facebook already and I do get the emails... which I thoroughly enjoy getting!!! I would absolutely LOVE and ENJOY this necklace !!!
    <3 <3 <3

  11. What lovely things you make. I am a high school friend of your mother, you are very talented! I am following your blog now through Facebook.

  12. I also signed up for your e-mails! 

  13. Love the necklace. Liked you on facebook

  14. subscribed to email :-)

  15. Hi from Africa Rebekah! LOVE the necklace! Can I enter in the give away even this far away? What fun! You have an amazing talent for sharing how-to-s of craft and jewelry. It's so clear. Well done. your old roommate Elizabeth

  16. i have of course liked you on FB! and what a beautiful necklace. you have an obvious gift!

  17. Bardzo ładny naszyjnik i Bardzo ciekawy blog. 

  18. Thank you for sharing a very comprehensive tutorial. I wish to share this in our blog too.

  19. I was looking for ideas of a gift to make for a cousin, and I just LOVED this necklace so much that I headed straight to the craft store and made my own! It turned out beautifully. Thank you for the detailed list of needed supplies!

  20. I'm so glad to hear that your necklace came out well! I'm sure your cousin will love it. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment!

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