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Fun with Layering Pendants

Layering pendants is a fun and easy way to design jewelry.You can layer pendants from your stash, or from your personal jewelry wardrobe.This is a great activity to do on days when your creative muse has deserted yo

Supplies:

  • Pendants of various sizes, and made with a variety of materials.
    (Most of the pendants shown in this tutorial have been purchased over the years from a wide variety of Etsy.com sellers.)
  • Jump rings of various sizes that will work with your pendants.
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers – for opening and closing jump rings.
  • Chains, cords, neckwires, etc. – for wearing the layered pendants you design.

Attaching the Layered Pendants Together

I love variety and changeability in my jewelry.

So I wouldn’t attach any of my layered pendants together permanently.

I simply join them temporarily, using a jump ring.

However, if you want to attach yours together more permanently, depending on the pendant types, you might use glue, wire, or other methods to keep the layers together.

Here are some of my favorite layered pendants . . . .

Leaf in a Circle:

Huge thin brass hoop, plus a medium-size brass leaf pendant:

Layering brass pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Layering brass pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on an oxidized brass chain:

Layered brass leaf and hoop pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Goldfish in a Bowl:

Thick oxidized brass hoop, plus a lifelike acrylic goldfish pendant:

Goldfish in a Bowl - Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Goldfish in a Bowl - Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on an oxidized brass ball chain to resemble bubbles:

Goldfish in a Bowl - Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Black and White:

Zebra-striped diamond shape pendant, plus a black gogo donut pendant:

Black and white Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Black and white Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on a black leather cord:

Black and white Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

What pendants do you have in your stash or in your personal jewelry collection that you can layer together?

I’d love to see what you create from this tutorial!