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

Step 1

Sketch the engraving design with pencil onto the silver pendant on the side you want to engrave.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Put on goggles and plug in the hand engraving tool.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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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