Rhinestone Name Necklace

name measures 1.50" X .75"

name measures 1.50" X .75"

words measure 3.25" X 5/8"

words measure 3.25" X 5/8"

Create a name or any phrase in rhinestones for a unique, personalized blingy necklace. The clear film base for the projects pictured were cut on a Silhouette Curio machine. They can be cut on the Cameo machine as well. If you have a lot of determination, and a drawing program on your computer, this project can also be cut by hand with small scissors. You’ll find the hand cut directions below indicated by a bold “H”. A bold “S” in the instructions applies to Silhouette users only. Hotfix rhinestones are adhered to the clear film to spell out your name or phrase. This is a fun project to present as a gift to your BFF.

Directions

step 1 - Choose a type font and create the name in the size you want. Keep in mind the thickness of the letters should be close in size to the width of the rhinestones you will be using.

step 1 - Choose a type font and create the name in the size you want. Keep in mind the thickness of the letters should be close in size to the width of the rhinestones you will be using.

step 2 - Adjust the character spacing so the letters are all touching. If all the letters are not uniformly spaced, manually move them.  "S" - To do this in the Silhouette software, choose “ungroup” from the Object menu.

step 2 - Adjust the character spacing so the letters are all touching. If all the letters are not uniformly spaced, manually move them.  "S" - To do this in the Silhouette software, choose “ungroup” from the Object menu.

step 3 - Create oval shapes for tabs to connect the film to the chain. The shape should be wide enough to comfortably fit a hole for a 5mm jump ring. Place one tab on the first and last letters at an angle.

step 3 - Create oval shapes for tabs to connect the film to the chain. The shape should be wide enough to comfortably fit a hole for a 5mm jump ring. Place one tab on the first and last letters at an angle.

step 4 - "S" - Select all the letters and tabs. In the Object menu click “Modify” then “Weld”. The elements will become one file ready to cut. *

step 4 - "S" - Select all the letters and tabs. In the Object menu click “Modify” then “Weld”. The elements will become one file ready to cut. *

step 5 - "H" - Print out the page on regular paper. Tape it to a cutting surface with a sheet of clear film taped on top. Trace around and inside the letters with a marker. Remove the tape and use small, sharp scissors to cut out the image.

step 5 - "H" - Print out the page on regular paper. Tape it to a cutting surface with a sheet of clear film taped on top. Trace around and inside the letters with a marker. Remove the tape and use small, sharp scissors to cut out the image.

step 6 - "S" - Place a sheet of clear film on your cut mat. On the Curio your settings should be:  Plain Card Stock, blade 3, Platform 6, Speed 4, Thickness 20. Send the job to cut. Cameo users can cut with the same settings but may require a second pass.

step 6 - "S" - Place a sheet of clear film on your cut mat. On the Curio your settings should be:  Plain Card Stock, blade 3, Platform 6, Speed 4, Thickness 20. Send the job to cut. Cameo users can cut with the same settings but may require a second pass.

step 7 - Push a thin needle into the tabs to create a hole. Repeat with a thicker needle until a jump ring will slip in easily.

step 7 - Push a thin needle into the tabs to create a hole. Repeat with a thicker needle until a jump ring will slip in easily.

step 8 - The placement of rhinestones can be made easy with a Pick.Me.Up tool.

step 8 - The placement of rhinestones can be made easy with a Pick.Me.Up tool.

step 9 - Tape portions of the film to tile or a piece of glass to keep it from moving while you work. Apply the hotfix stones with an applicator tool.

step 9 - Tape portions of the film to tile or a piece of glass to keep it from moving while you work. Apply the hotfix stones with an applicator tool.

step 10 - Insert jump rings into the tabs and attach a chain to each with jewelry pliers. The two chain lengths may need to be different depending on the height of the first and last letters you use. 

step 10 - Insert jump rings into the tabs and attach a chain to each with jewelry pliers. The two chain lengths may need to be different depending on the height of the first and last letters you use. 

TIPS
A short name like Beth can be arranged in a straight line. Longer names or phrases like “crazy 4 clay” need to be curved to sit flatly against the body. If you have doubts as to how much to curve, follow the line of a crew neck shirt.

"S" - To curve the letters, draw a curved line, double click on the phrase and drag the control point (circle) to the curved line. This must be done before step 4.

The trick to spacing rhinestones evenly is to nudge each one against the adjacent stone immediately after removing the applicator tool and while the glue is still warm.

If too much of the necklace’s film border is visible outside the rhinestones, simply cut it away with small, sharp scissors.

The size of your rhinestones is a matter of preference. For the two necklaces in the photos at the top of the page, I used 9ss (2.5mm) stones.



Supplies

At Staples/Office Max

  • Light weight clear binding covers

At Craft Store

  • Hotfix Rhinestones and applicator tool
  • 5mm jump rings
  • marker
  • small sharp scissors
  • thin and thick needles
  • tape
  • tile
  • chain

At Amazon

  • jewelry pliers
  • Pick.Me.Up tool (optional)

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