Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’re going to make a metal crescent moon pendant that can be worn two ways.

On the left side of the photo below, the crescent is worn horizontally; on the right, it’s worn vertically with a dangle attached to the bottom:

Two different ways to wear Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If you’re familiar with my tutorials, you probably know that I love versatile jewelry elements that give me a variety of options! 🙂

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Metal sheet – 22 or 24 gauge.
    I used 22 gauge copper sheet.
  • A scrap of paper and a pencil – for sketching your crescent moon pattern.
  • A round bottle lid, approximately 2″ (51mm) in diameter – to draw around for your moon pattern.
    I used the lid of a spice bottle.
    You might also use a lid from a pill bottle, cosmetic product, condiment jar, etc.
  • Scissors – to cut out your paper pattern.
  • Sharpie marker – to trace around your paper pattern onto the metal.
  • Metal-cutting shears.
  • Nylon, plastic, rubber, or rawhide jewelry hammer – for flattening your metal.
  • Jeweler’s steel block (or other smooth, sturdy surface for hammering).
  • Metal centerpunch or other sharp pointed metal tool that can make a dent in your metal sheet.
  • Metal hole-punch – I used a Eurotool EuroPower punch.
  • #0000 steel wool – for smoothing the edges of your metal.
  • 2 jump rings.
    I used oxidized copper jump rings, 9mm size.
  • Dangle to hang from the bottom of the vertical crescent moon.
    I used a lone earring dangle that lost its mate.
  • Chain – for wearing your crescent moon pendant.
    I used an oxidized copper chain.
  • Flat nose / chain nose pliers – for opening and closing jump rings.

How to Make a
Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace:

Caution:

Be very careful when handling your metal sheet – the edges and corners can be razor-sharp!

We’ll start by sketching a crescent moon pattern on a small piece of paper.

For my moon, I used the lid of a spice bottle for a template:

Spice jar used as a template for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

On a piece of scratch paper, draw around your bottle lid to make a circle:

Spice jar used as a template for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

My circle is approximately 2″ (51mm) in diameter:

Spice jar used as a template for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then, to make the moon into a crescent, place the bottle lid off-center on top of the circle you just drew.

Now draw a semi-circle around the lid to make the top curve of the crescent:

Spice jar used as a template for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

My final crescent moon sketch looks like this:

Paper pattern for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use scissors to cut out your paper crescent shape:

Cutting out paper pattern for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished paper pattern should look something like this:

Paper pattern for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to set out your metal sheet.

I’m using a copper sheet that’s had several previous projects cut out of it:

Copper sheet for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now place your paper crescent moon pattern on your metal sheet, and use a Sharpie to draw around the pattern onto the metal:

Tracing paper pattern onto metal for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you remove the paper pattern, your crescent moon sketch on the metal should look something like this:

Crescent moon shape traced on copper sheet for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time for your metal-cutting shears.

I’m using these shears:

Metal-cutting shears for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Cut out your metal crescent moon, being very careful not to cut your fingers on the sharp metal edges:

Cutting out metal shape for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your cut-out moon may look something like this:

Metal crescent moon shape for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your metal moon may be a bit warped after being cut out.

So place it on your steel jeweler’s block, and use a nylon, plastic, rubber, or rawhide jewelry hammer to flatten out your metal:

Flattening metal shape for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to smooth the edges of the metal pendant.

Use a small piece of #0000 steel wool to thoroughly sand and smooth every edge, point, and flat surface of the pendant, so that there’s nothing sharp or rough anywhere on the metal:

Smoothing the metal edges for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’re going to punch two holes in the metal crescent moon – one at each end.

So first we’ll measure to see exactly where we want the holes to go.

Lay one of your jump rings over one of the points of your crescent, leaving a bit of room between the crescent point and the edge of the jump ring (as shown below).

We want to make sure the points of the crescent won’t catch on the jump rings when the necklace is finished.

Then use your Sharpie marker to make a dot at the bottom of the jump ring:

Measuring for holes to punch in Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then use the same measuring technique on the other point of the crescent, and mark where the hole will go there.

So you should have two marks where you’ll make the holes in your crescent moon:

Crescent moon, marked for holes to punch - Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll punch the holes in the points of your crescent.

So hop over to my How to Punch a Hole in Metal (Tutorial) for that . . . and then come back here to finish the crescent moon necklace!

Now your punched moon pendant should look something like this:

Holes punched for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to add your jump rings to the holes you just punched in your metal.

So use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open your jump rings and thread one through each hole in the metal:

Attaching jump rings for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To make the horizontal crescent moon necklace, attach the ends of your chain to the jump rings, and twist the jump rings shut:

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Or, to make the vertical crescent moon necklace with a dangle, choose a dangle (an orphan earring works nicely for this):

Dangle for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and thread it onto the bottom jump ring of your moon; then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut:

Dangle option for Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then thread your chain through the top jump ring:

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your changeable crescent moon necklace is finished!

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Sarah Small says:

    lovely design. the only thing I would add would be matching lobster claws on the chains where they attach to the moons… so you can change it as you wish from day to day.

  2. Thanks, Sarah – and great idea for the lobster clasps! 🙂

  3. Lauretta says:

    Rena very clever design…I like you can wear it two ways! I love the pretty drop embellishment. You’ve given me many things to think about how I can make this project my own.

    Thank you for your inspiration!

  4. Love your instructions for how to create the crescent moon (so easy and practical). You always provide such great ideas! Thanks so much.

  5. Larry Dallas says:

    Looks great♥♥♥♥♥ I wil have to try this necklace. Thank you, Larry Dallas

  6. Montserrat says:

    Saludos desde Barcelona! Soy profesora de manualidades y bisutería de un centro de la Sagrada Familia y el Lunes, ensenyaré tu fantástica obra!! Gracias por animarme cuando me falta inspiración! Gracias Rena!

  7. Muchas gracias, Montserrat! 🙂

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