Dec 20, 2011

Gauge Inc BFF Necklace



What kind of friend wouldn't love a handmade necklace?
These necklaces by Brooklyn-based Gauge Inc. are 14K gold and come with a hefty price tag of $100. However, as you can see, they are totally doable for a DIY. And I'm sure your friend will love the handmade version much better!
These necklaces are super easy to make; you literally trace your handwriting with wire. Best part is you can use any color of craft wire to suit your bestie's tastes. Make one for them and one for yourself! Add charms, even, to the bottom of the f's for some sparkle maybe? Go wild!


Let's get started.


Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are pliers, plain craft wire (nothing special here!), a necklace chain and jump rings, a pencil, paper.


Step 2: Draw the form for your pendant. Make it look like this, or as close as you can get. The dimensions of the BFF are about 1.25" long and .75" high. Now, take a long piece of your craft wire, about a foot or so. Start at the loop above the "B". Simply curl the wire with round nose pliers to start. Then, "trace" your BFF with your wire, using your pliers and fingers to hold and bend the wire in place.


Step 3: Continue to trace. I have pictured the steps I took here. Make the wire fit your BFF form as close as possible. I used my fingers a lot to gently bend the wire in the right direction, then used my round nose pliers to get the details and precise form. 


Step 4: Sharpen the "F". I squeezed the bottom of the "F" with a flat pliers to get more of a sharp arc instead of a rounded one (second pic), to match cursive writing better. Then, when you've reached the end of the last "F", cut the wire with a little more than .25" to spare (last pic). Make a finishing loop with this excess.


Step 5: When you've got it finished, flatten the pendant so it's nice and flat and lays properly. Then, attach your jump rings on the loop on the "B" and top of the last "F", and attach these to your necklace chain. Finished.
Surprise your friend/s with these awesome necklaces! 



Dainty and cute!

A close-up.





If you share/use/post this tutorial, please link back to me. It is much appreciated!

22 comments:

  1. Wow that's really cute! I adore! Yours is even cuter since it is pink! I think I am gonna include this one into my DIY inventory;)

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  2. This is so pretty! I had no idea you could even attempt this on your own! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Definitely doing this...but pinning it first now

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  4. I can't wait to make some of these - thank you for this great tutorial!

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  5. Cool project. I also really love your snowflake cursor!

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  6. Wow! Very cool, so many possibilites, I love it! Would be a good 4H project for my girl :o)

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  7. Love it! What gauge is your wire? I have tried projects like this before and it hasn't been successful... I think because of the size of the wire.

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  8. Oh I LOVE this! I'm totally gonna try this!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Katrine
    thegentleflower.blogspot.com

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  9. Which gauge is the wire that you used?

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  10. i think the wire was about a 20 gauge?

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  11. Hey there!!
    I've been following your blog for quite a while now, and I absolutely LOVE your DIY tutorials! They are so great and quirky, and such a great proof of the fact that DIY'ed stuff can be just as awesome, if not MORE awesome, than the real deal. : I especially love the ASOS bottle cap ring you made in a previous blog post. So cute!

    So, I also awarded you with the Liebster blog award :)

    Check it out @ http://thecreativemuslimah.blogspot.com/2011/12/liebster-blogger-award.html

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  12. cuuuuute! This is genius! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post today. Stop by and see!

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  14. the creative muslimah and danielle: thanks so much, i left comments on your blogs!
    thanks to everyone else as well!

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  15. This is so cool! I can't wait to do this with my niece. I would also love to link to your tutorial if you didn't mind.

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  16. I love this! I found you on Pinterest and I'm your newest follower! I would love for you to stop by my blog and maybe even follow back :) http://thecrunchymamacita.blogspot.com/

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  17. thanks everyone! I will check out your blog Paige and you can link to the tutorial Rachel!

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  18. uh WOW! thats pretty much amazing! thanks alot!

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  19. I've been wanting to do this! I am so in love.
    Definitely will be trying, thanks!

    http://missangelamarie.blogspot.com

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  20. this is such a great Idea! I think I am going to have to make one!

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