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Pocket-watch locket

Preserve a treasure in a trendy pendant

You can get a little sentimental when you choose a photo, mementos, or tiny trinkets to encase in this glass-front pendant.



  • 20–30mm pocket-watch pendant (various styles available on Etsy and
  • 20mm round picture
  • 6 10mm bird beads, in different finishes
  • 4–8mm flat charm
  • 1–2 3–4mm beads
  • 3–7 2–5mm watch parts or other trinkets (optional)
  • 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 4–5 ft. (1.2–1.5m) chain, in three styles
  • 6 3-in. (7.6cm) head pins
  • 6 5mm jump rings
  • three-strand toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • Dazzle-Tac glue


1. Use a coin to remove the back of a pocket-watch pendant. Cut out a 20mm round picture. Make sure the picture is right side up and centered, and glue it to the inside of the watch back.
2. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) piece of wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach a charm and complete the wraps. String one or two 3–4mm beads and the hole of the pendant. Make a wrapped loop.
3. If desired, place a few watch parts inside the pendant. Reattach the back of the pendant.
4. Trim the head from a head pin. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a bird bead and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make four bead units.
5. Decide how long you want your necklace to be. (My necklace is 23 in./58cm.) Cut three pieces of chain to that length. Cut each chain in half. Cut one chain 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4cm) from one end. Attach a loop of a bead unit to each end, and complete the wraps. Repeat with the remaining half of the chain.Cut another chain 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8cm) from one end. Attach a loop of a bead unit to each end, and complete the wraps. Repeat with the remaining half of the chain.
6. Make two bead units as in step 4. Attach one loop of each to the pendant and the remaining loop to three chains. Complete the wraps.
7. On each end, open a jump ring and attach a chain and the corresponding loop of half of a clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat to attach each remaining chain.
Click here for instructions and a supply list to make matching earrings!
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