Fun with Layering Pendants (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layering pendants is a fun and easy way to design jewelry.

Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can layer pendants from your stash, or from your personal jewelry wardrobe.

Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is a great activity to do on days when your creative muse has deserted you.

Simply set out a handful of pendants and some jump rings – and try different pairings together!

Supplies:

  • Pendants of various sizes, and made with a variety of materials.
    (Most of the pendants shown in this tutorial have been purchased over the years from a wide variety of Etsy.com sellers.)
  • Jump rings of various sizes that will work with your pendants.
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers – for opening and closing jump rings.
  • Chains, cords, neckwires, etc. – for wearing the layered pendants you design.

Attaching the Layered Pendants Together

I love variety and changeability in my jewelry.

So I wouldn’t attach any of my layered pendants together permanently.

I simply join them temporarily, using a jump ring.

However, if you want to attach yours together more permanently, depending on the pendant types, you might use glue, wire, or other methods to keep the layers together.

Here are some of my favorite layered pendants . . . .

Leaf in a Circle:

Huge thin brass hoop, plus a medium-size brass leaf pendant:

Layering brass pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Layering brass pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on an oxidized brass chain:

Layered brass leaf and hoop pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Goldfish in a Bowl:

Thick oxidized brass hoop, plus a lifelike acrylic goldfish pendant:

Goldfish in a Bowl - Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Goldfish in a Bowl - Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on an oxidized brass ball chain to resemble bubbles:

Goldfish in a Bowl - Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Black and White:

Zebra-striped diamond shape pendant, plus a black gogo donut pendant:

Black and white Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Black and white Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on a black leather cord:

Black and white Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Brass and Turquoise:

Large brass stamping pendant, plus a turquoise nugget pendant from my Simple Bead and Wire Pendant Tutorial:

Brass and turquoise nugget for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Brass and turquoise nugget for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on a double black leather cord:

Brass and turquoise nugget for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Examples of Multi-Colored vs.
Monochromatic Layering:

I have a collection of these big, colorful 1970’s vintage plastic go-go donut pendants.

They measure 55mm in diameter, with a 30mm donut hole:

Large 1970's vintage plastic gogo hoop pendants - Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Their size makes them a good choice for the background pendant, because you can still see plenty of their color after layering a smaller pendant on top of them.

Here they are in multi-colored layering, with smaller pendants in contrasting colors layered on top of them:

Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And here each is paired with a pendant in a similar color, making monochromatic layers:

Red:

Red vintage gogo pendant, plus a red and white polymer clay flower pendant:

Red pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Red pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on a copper ball chain:

Red layered pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Blue:

Light blue vintage gogo pendant, plus a blue and white polymer clay starfish pendant:

Blue pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Layered blue pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on a handmade oxidized sterling silver chain:

Layered blue pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Fuchsia:

Fuchsia vintage gogo pendant, plus a fuchsia, black and orange pendant from my Nail Polish Reversible Pendants Tutorial:

Fuchsia pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Fuchsia pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on a black leather cord:

Fuchsia pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Green:

Lime vintage gogo pendant, plus a brass disc pendant colored with green alcohol ink:

Green pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Green pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on an antiqued brass chain:

Green pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Orange:

Orange vintage gogo pendant, plus a smaller coral-orange gogo pendant:

Orange pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Layered together:

Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And worn on a cord made from strands of art fiber:

Orange pendants for Fun with Layering Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

What pendants do you have in your stash or in your personal jewelry collection that you can layer together?

I’d love to see what you create from this tutorial! 🙂

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Comments

  1. These are are so much fun and would be perfect for summer especially. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Judith says:

    Very lovely. I love these. Thank you.

  3. Catherine Franz says:

    Like the majority of these; however, the leaf one is disproportionate for me. Size is important. You may want to mention this somehow.

  4. Thanks for all the lovely feedback on this jewelry design idea!

    Catherine, thank you for mentioning the issue of proportion – an important design element.

  5. Fantastic idea! I liked the leaf pendant because of the use of negative space at the bottom, the leaf becomes the focus.

  6. Thank you for inspiring me again. Very nice easy to follow designs.

  7. Thank you, Sharon and Irith, for your kind comments! 🙂

  8. I love the fish!! That is a really neat idea, to layer the pendants. They are so fun! The black and white is a really eye catching combination. Gorgeous!

  9. Thanks so much, April! I love creating different combinations of jewelry components! 🙂

  10. Blanche Nonken says:

    I’m going to agree with April, the fish pendant really stood out for me!

    And those go go rings – they reminded me of my old Toodl-Loop radio! Remember those? A fun tutorial, thank you for sharing it.

  11. Thank you, Blanche! And how fun – I just looked up a photo of your radio and you’re right, it does look exactly like my 1970’s go-go pendants, including the colors! LOL

  12. So satisfying! Esp. for those “presents for younger relatives” and other quick project needs!!

  13. Thank you, Lyone! And it occurs to me that this would also be a great beginner project for young people interested in making jewelry.

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