Using ribbon instead of chain adds a sweet touch with pendants and lockets. A simple 36” length of ribbon can be knotted to suit the wearer and is a quick and lovely way to show off (and sell!) one-of-a kind pendants or romantic lockets. For a more finished look without much trouble or expense, you can use fold over ends. The fold over ends on the ribbon give it a permanent finish and allow you to use a hook and chain to secure the necklace. In this tutorial, we used fold over ends with a variety of ribbon widths, folding the ribbon to fit inside. For thinner ribbons, make a knot (as shown) to make it a little more secure. A drop of glue will help the ribbon stay within the end forever.
- 15 inches of striped ribbon, 3/16ths wide
- 2 antique brass fold over ribbon ends
- 1 antique brass heart locket, 20 cm
- 1 antique brass round bezel setting, 14mm
- 1 vintage mother of pearl button to fit in bezel
- 1 antique brass square jump ring, 1/4 inch
- 3 antique brass round jump rings, 5mm
- 1 antique brass head pin, 1 inch
- 3 inches of antique brass extender chain, 4 x 5mm links
- 1 antique brass hook
- 3 black Czech glass beads, 3mm
To make necklace:
1. Trim ribbon to length and make a tiny knot in each end. Place a small drop of glue inside one of the fold over ribbon ends and place the ribbon knot on top of the glue as shown. Using your chain nose pliers fold the ribbon end flaps over one at a time to seal the end of the ribbon. Repeat with the other knotted end. Place a small dot of glue inside the bezel and position the button within the bezel. Set bezel aside to dry.
2. Using your chain nose pliers carefully open one of the 5mm jump rings. Thread it through the loop on one of the fold over ribbon ends and then through the ring at one end of the extender chain. Carefully close the jump ring. Repeat to attach the hook to the other end of the ribbon. Set this aside.
3. Using the round nose pliers loop the 3mm beads onto the head pins. Carefully open a 5mm jump ring and feed the three looped beads onto the jump ring followed by the locket. Link this to the scroll at the bottom of the bezel and close securely.
4. Using the chain nose pliers gently open the square jump ring and feed it through the scroll at the top of the bezel. Close securely. Thread the chain end of the necklace through the square jump ring to finish the necklace.
To make earrings:
1. Place a small dot of glue inside each bezel and position the buttons within the bezels. Set aside to dry.
2. Using the round nose pliers loop the 3mm beads onto the head pins. Carefully open a 5mm jump ring and feed the three looped beads onto the jump ring. Link this to the scroll at the bottom of the bezel and close securely.
3. Using the chain nose pliers, gently open loop and connect to the top of the bezel scroll. Close securely.