How to Engrave Your Own Necklace


Personalized necklaces make thoughtful gifts and unique accessories but professional engraving can be expensive. Engraving jewelry yourself creates funky, personalized pieces. Pick up a silver pendant in a second hand store and buy a hand engraver ($30-$120) to make elegant jewelry.

Things You'll Need

  • Rotating clamp
  • Silver pendant
  • Hand engraving tool
  • Pencil
  • Cloth
  • Ammonia-water mixture
  • Sketch the engraving design with pencil onto the silver pendant on the side you want to engrave.

  • Clamp the pendant with the rotating clamp so it doesn't move out of place when engraving.

  • Put on goggles and plug in the hand engraving tool.

  • Trace the pencil design with the hand engraving tool to chisel the design out of the metal.

  • Unclamp the pendant. Brush it with a towel to clear off any metal dust. Wipe down the pendant with an ammonia and water mixture to clean and shine.

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