Preciosa Crystals Guitar Pick Necklace Jewellery making Project
July 12, 20234 min read
Follow the steps in this easy-to-follow jewellery making tutorial, that also includes useful rhinestone embellishment tips featuring Preciosa Crystals and various handy tools from Bluestreak Crystals. We will teach you how to hand craft your very own lucky rhinestone guitar pick necklace! Perfect for festival season and attending all your favourite live music events!
The full list of Preciosa crystals, components and tools needed to complete this project can be found below. If you click on the product description (link), the respective product page will open, where each item can be viewed and added to cart:
The guitar pick needs a hole for the jump ring that will attach it to the chain. Achieve this by using the drawing pin and pushing down through the guitar pick into another surface. Cork boards and chopping boards are good possible surfaces. Make sure the hole is no more than 3mm from the outer edge and aligned to the centre of the pick so that it will hang straight with the narrow tip pointing down.
Prepare the glue
Fill the Syringe with enough Gem Tack Glue for your project, be careful to not take more glue than you need. The easiest way to do this is to remove the plunger from the back of the syringe and then slowly squeeze the glue into the tube, so that the glue gently runs down one side without covering the opening at the other end. It is important that air can pass out the other end without affecting the glue inside at this stage. Then reinsert the plunger as carefully as you can – you will face resistance because the seal needs to be airtight, the plunger is successfully reattached when you hear it pop into place.
Guard against air bubbles in the glue syringe
Once the plunger is securely back in, you are likely to have a section of air inside the syringe. To fix this simply hold the syringe vertically so that the glue slides down away from the opening at the top and gently push on the plunger, pushing the air out until there is only glue left inside. You can then attach the needle tip, completing the syringe.
Figure out your desired pattern before you start gluing
Before you begin placing glue on the guitar pick take a moment to consider the different shapes available to you in the Preciosa Shapes Mix and plan your design. In this example we chose symmetry to create a pattern, however we encourage you to experiment and find a design you like. Be aware that an outline of small round crystals is recommended to achieve a solid sparkly edge and the shapes can then fill the space in the middle of the pick.
Apply the glue
Use the loaded syringe to squeeze out a thin layer of glue onto the plastic and leave it for a few moments minutes to get tacky. Be careful to avoid gluing over the hole you have made and don’t apply too much, otherwise you will risk the glue squishing up between the crystals and affecting the sparkle of the rhinestones and blocking hole that will be used for the jump ring.
Embellish with rhinestones
Use the Double Ended Wax Picker Pen to gently place the Preciosa Crystals onto the glue. Be sure to make full use of the different sizes available in the Crystal AB Size Mix and flex up and down in crystal size to best filly the available space between the shapes. Try to keep the crystals close together with as few gaps as possible for best effect.
Let the glue dry
Let the glue dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Attach the jump ring
Hold the 6mm jump ring with the Chain Nose Pliers and use a twisting motion with the Round Nose Pliers to open it so that one end can be slotted through the hole at the top of the guitar pick. Then twist it closed again, this jump ring now functions as a small bail attachment turning the pick into a pendant!
Add the chain
Once the Jump Ring is attached to the guitar pick, you can simply thread your snake chain through the bail loop to attach the rhinestone guitar pick pendant and complete the necklace.