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Steampunk key pendant

Learn how to make an upcycled pendant out of old watch parts, vintage keys, metal gear pieces and copper wire

Unlock your junk drawer to create a steampunk look that is quick and easy. There is no right or wrong in this project, just creativity. Build multiple layers to create dimension, and add beads for color, or vintage stampings to tell a story. This is a great way to use up those left-over pieces that have been piling up in the back of the drawer. 


  • Vintage keys
  • Vintage watch parts
  • Vintage stampings
  • Metal gear pieces
  • 3 in. (76.2mm) 18g copper wire
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Side cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Fine tweezers
  • Metal shears
  • Metal files


1. Collect a handful of pieces that you may want to use on your key. You will want more than you need, so that you have a variety to work with. Pick out two or three pieces that will be the focus of your piece and set those aside. 
Steampunk Key pendant Photo A
Photo A
2. Start working from one end of the key and build to the other, gluing one piece at a time to the key with E6000 adhesive. (PHOTO A)
Steampunk Key pendant Photo B
Photo B
Attach larger pieces first, as the smaller ones will be “buried” if they are glued on first. If your pieces exceed the size of the key, use shears to cut them down to keep the integrity of the key shape. (PHOTO B)

I like to use larger pieces at the top and smaller pieces near the teeth of the key. File any sharp edges with a metal file.
Steampunk Key pendant Photo C
Photo C
3. Adhere the focal pieces on the top layer in key places to allow them to stand out. (PHOTO C)

4. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Steampunk Key pendant Photo D
Photo D
5. Create a bail for the pendant by bending a piece of 18ga copper wire in half, into a tight “U” shape. (PHOTO D)
Steampunk Key pendant Photo E
Photo E
Slip onto the key at the top and cinch the wires. (PHOTO E) 
Steampunk Key pendant Photo F
Photo f
Holding the key and wire firmly in your hand, bring the front wire around the back wire and coil a few times. (PHOTO F)
Steampunk Key pendant Photo G
Photo G
Trim with a pair of flush cutters. (PHOTO G)
Steampunk Key pendant Photo H
Photo h
6. With the remaining wire, make a loop using round nose pliers. (PHOTO H)
Steampunk Key pendant Photo I
Photo I
Then coil around the base wire, working your way to the other coil until the two ends meet. (PHOTOS I, J) 
Steampunk Key pendant Photo J
Photo J
Then coil around the base wire, working your way to the other coil until the two ends meet. (PHOTOS I, J) 
Steampunk Key pendant Photo K
Photo K
Trim any excess wire. (PHOTO K)
Steampunk Key pendant Photo L
Photo L
7. Your bail is complete! (PHOTO L)
Add your choice of cord or chain for a simple steampunk pendant perfect for your next convention.
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