by Rena Klingenberg.
These grungy graduation jewelry styles are a fun alternative to the traditional class rings and pendants.
The start of the new school year is an ideal time to give high school students (especially seniors!) jewelry inscribed with their graduation year.
This cool jewelry would also be a fun project for teens to make for themselves and their friends!
And wouldn’t it be a blast to give these to your former classmates at a class reunion – inscribed with your graduation year?!
To make grungy graduation jewelry, you’ll need a set of number stamps (and if you’re new to metal stamping, see my easy tutorial, metal stamps – tips and techniques).
For metals to stamp on, you may want to get an assortment of metal washers from a hardware store (I find that copper and aluminum washers are easiest to stamp).
You can also get an assortment of antique-finish jewelry tags, pendant blanks, etc. from a craft store or jewelry supplier.
You’ll probably also need a variety of jump rings, rustic chains, clasps, leather cord, ear wires, etc.
After stamping the year onto a piece of metal, I recommend using the finest-tip black Sharpie marker to darken the stampings so the numbers will show up better.
Then wipe any excess Sharpie ink off of your metal, using a scrap of paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol.
Now have fun finding ways to combine your gorgeously rustic elements to make groovy, stylish jewelry!
I think most of these grungy graduation jewelry styles (especially necklaces and bracelets) can be worn by both guys and gals.
Also be sure to see my Adjustable Class Ring tutorial!