Guitar picks are as variable and distinctive as a classic guitar riff. Both a tool and an accessory, guitar picks are made in innumerable colors, materials, and shapes. For example, faux versions of mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, and abalone are easy to find at local music shops and through online stores. You could easily swap the stainless steel pick and pair of plastic picks that are used in this project for something different — like picks that sport graphics, or collectible picks made of stone, wood, bone, or amber.
To create the pendant, you’ll make a chain mail bezel to capture a stack of three guitar picks. The bezel also acts as a bail for the adjustable leather necklace cord. And because the pendant is reversible, it’s really two necklaces in one. Once you’ve learned to weave a bezel of jump rings, you can use the same technique to enclose any other flat objects you’d like to display.
- Brass jump rings:
- 20-gauge (0.8 mm),3 mm inside diameter (ID), 66
- 18-gauge (1.0 mm),4 mm ID, 11
- Anodized-aluminum jump rings: 18-gauge (1.0 mm), black, 4 mm ID, 11
- Guitar picks:
- Fender 351 tortoiseshell, medium, standard, 1
- Fender 351 white, medium, standard, 1
- Dunlop stainless steel, thin, standard, 1
- Leather cord: black, 1.8 mm thick, 32 in. (81.3 cm)
- Crimp-closure clasp (optional)
- Pliers: 2 pairs of chainnose or flatnose
- Scrap wire, toothpick, or paper clip
Prepare the jump rings. Use two pairs of chainnose or flatnose pliers to open 66 brass 3 mm-inside-diameter (ID) jump rings.
Close 11 brass 4 mm ID jump rings. Close 11 black anodized-aluminum 4 mm ID jump rings.