DIY Distressed Charm Necklace

Posted by Adrianne Surian
Express your inner artist with this easy distressed charm necklace. Start making jewelry today with this simple DIY tutorial.

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Hey friends! Ready to see how easy it can be to make charms to express yourself? I love metal stamping, but if you don't have all those tools, then a great place to shop for inspiration is the scrapbook section. Those little embellishments make great additions to mixed media projects, great layouts, and - as I'm going to show you today - even jewelry! Express your inner artist with this personal necklace.

Here's what you'll need to make your own charm necklace:

  • Typed Tokens
  • Ball Chain
  • Jump Rings
  • Ranger Vintaj Patinas: Verdigris, Quartz and Jade
  • Paintbrush
  • Reliefing Block or Sandpaper
  • Ranger Vintaj Glaze
  • Chain Nose Pliers

Since these tokens are pre-printed with lots of fabulous words, you can choose two or three that speak to you, and begin layering and dabbing patinas onto the surface. There's no right or wrong way to do this! Find a color scheme you love, and add a few coordinated colors. Your combination may be totally different than mine - and that's the beauty of DIY! Allow your work to dry for about 30 minutes before continuing. (Tip: you won't be able to remove patina from inside the letters, so if you wish for the words to remain black, then avoid getting any in there.)

Once your patinas have dried enough to continue, use a buffing block or sandpaper to distress the surface, until you get the look you want. When you're satisfied, brush a thin coat of glaze over the top to seal it and prevent further chipping. Allow your charms to dry again.

Once they're fully dry, use your chain nose pliers to twist open a jump ring for each charm, add it, and twist it closed again so that you can string them on a chain. You can trim the ball chain down with pliers if you prefer it to be shorter, but for this style, I like a long length! I kept mine at the 36" of chain included in the package, and closed it off with a ball chain clasp.

The longest part of this project is just waiting for your work to dry - there's only about 10 minutes of active craft time involved. This makes it a great group project, because you can share supplies, and chat while you work and while you wait!

Thanks for joining me today, and Happy Crafting!