So, you know all of those rocks that your kids collect and give to you as offerings that you don’t know what to do with other than display them proudly in the window sill? Just me? Well, just incase your babies are like mine or you, yourself, like to collect rocks from the various places you’ve been, I have a new way to commemorate and put them to more use. “How?” You may ask. Create a DIY N0-Drill Rock Necklace out of them, of course!
First of all, this is a great way to work ourselves into my plan for a DIY Christmas Gift series that I will sprinkle in, at least every other Friday until Christmas. One that involves creating cool DIY gifts that your lucky recipients, will L-O-V-E! Yes, I know that it’s still technically summer with it being August and yes, I know that I AM feeding the “Christmas-All-Year” beast but when you’re, perhaps, a bit of a procrastinator like me and wanting to DIY your gifts, it never hurts to get a jump start on things!
So, back to this DIY No-Drill Rock Necklace. The short and sweet of this project is, you are going to solder a jump ring to your rock. There is a little more to it than that but, I assure you, once you get the hang of using the soldering iron, it is quite a simple project. The best part is, as long as your solder is functional, it doesn’t have to be perfect! Before finding this new use for a soldering iron, the only thing I’d ever used one for was aircraft wiring-related. So this was a new concept for me but I did have a little pre-experience but just be patient and you will be soldering like a pro in no time!
DIY No-Drill Rock Necklace
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- Soldering Iron (I use this Weller Soldering Iron)
- Solder (preferably rosin-core but no need to get technical if you don’t have it)
- Copper Tape
- 3rd Hand Tool (preferably, double-clip)
- Jump Ring (I recommend this set that has assorted sizes and colors)
- Suede (or whatever you decide for your necklace)
NOTE: If you’re already familiar with how to use (safely) a soldering iron, you can go ahead and skip to the DIY No-Drill Rock Necklace Steps.
Before we go much further, I want to go over some basic safety precautions to address for when using a soldering iron. First of all, soldering irons get ridiculously hot, as you may have guessed, so grabbing your tool in the right place is imperative for avoiding 3rd degree burns. Luckily, this is common sense but, it can’t hurt to mention. Also, depending on the solder that you are using, it can contain lead, but regardless, always try to do your soldering in a well-ventilated area as there will be some fumes. Last thing I want to mention, wearing safety glasses when dealing with molten metal and hot irons is never a bad idea!
Preparing your iron is a fairly short and sweet process but is pretty important to ensure a successful soldering session. First, dampen (don’t make it sopping wet) your sponge that is included in most, if not all, soldering irons for easy cleaning throughout your project. Next, turn on your soldering iron and set your dial to your desired heat, I set mine on “3”. Once your iron is heated through, scrape both sides of the tip across your sponge to make sure it is clean (clean your tip periodically throughout your soldering job, as well). Finally, (do this only after you have completed “Step 1” below) you are going to “tin” your tip by applying a little of your solder which will make it nice and shiny. You won’t need a lot of solder to do this. Alright, now you are ready to go!
DIY No-Drill Rock Necklace Steps:
Apply a small amount of copper tape to your rock where you want to attach the jump ring. It doesn’t have to be perfect since you can always trim it into the shape that you want to it to be, just make sure you put a lot of pressure on the tape to make sure you have good adhesion and minimal air bubbles. The copper is very soft so it can be easily trimmed by using one blade on your scissors and putting pressure around your rock on the part of the tape you want to trim off.
Next, if your rock will fit, put it into one of the clips in your 3rd hand tool. My black rock was too wide so I just had to lay it down on my work surface. Get a little solder on your iron and brush it all over your copper tape until completely silver and any gaps in your tape are filled.
This step is easier if your rock fits into the 3rd hand but if not, you’ll have to get a bit creative but don’t worry, it can be done! With your rock in one of the clips for your 3rd hand, place your jump ring in the other clip and position it centered on your solder-lined tape how you want it to be mounted.
Placing the solder feed with the iron on the jump ring, begin to melt a little solder at the attachment point. You don’t need a lot but add solder as you see fit. Remember, it doesn’t have to be an “industry-standard” perfect soldering job because, well, this is a necklace. Just think of it as like being metal glue for your ring and you’ll be just fine!
Let it cool! Now that you have your beautiful rock pendant ready, string it through your suede, leather, chain or whatever you decide and wear it proudly!
Don’t worry if your first rock turned out a little sketchy. My first one was…we’ll just say questionable but with each one I’ve done, I’ve gotten better! I even got a compliment the other day on my latest rock pendant so that is the best positive feedback I can get for this project. Now that you know the process, you’re going to be soldering every rock you find and the best part about all of this is, it provides you with a very unique gift idea that is both, thoughtful and creative! So, be free my little rock hounds and create away! Be sure to tag me in your celebratory social media posts when you’ve successfully made a DIY No-Drill rock necklace of your own so that I can see them!
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