Thursday, 26 April 2012

Skull Cabochon Pendant

Whilst playing around with crafting supplies, I put together this skull cabochon pendant.
I was inspired in part by a ring I saw a while ago that featured a fabric-covered cabochon, which I thought looked cute!
Since I had a whole bunch of plastic skull rings left over from Halloween last year, I decided to try and use some of them too.

I didn’t want to make something too blatantly Halloween-themed or horror-themed and I wanted something I could wear outside of the Halloween season too, so I decided to make the necklace shiny!

Here’s an easy-peasy tutorial:

You’ll need:
Scrap of fabric
Plastic skull ring or similar
Cabochon pendant setting
Cabochon to fit setting
Chain/existing necklace/ribbon
Clasp (optional)
Multipurpose glue
Jump ring (optional)*
Spray paint

Flat-nosed pliers
Wire cutters (optional)

1. Spread glue over the front of the cabochon and leave it to go tacky

2. Stick your fabric over the front of the cabochon, ensuring there are no large folds. Trim around the edges so you have around 5-10mm to fold over the back.

3. Spread a thin layer of glue around the edge of the cabochon back and again allow it to go tacky before sticking the edges of the fabric down.

4. Glue onto the cabochon setting. Depending on the instructions with the glue you used, you may have to add glue to the back of the cabochon as well.

5. Once glue is tacky (lots of tackiness going on in this tute!) stick cabochon into the setting.

6. Cut the back off of a skull-shaped party ring using wire cutters. Spray paint the front and sides.

7. After the spray paint has dried thoroughly - I left mine to dry overnight - glue to the bottom part of the cabochon.

8. If necessary, add a jump ring to the top of the cabochon setting to use as a bail.

9. Cut chain to length, thread on the pendant, and add a clasp to the ends of the chain. Alternatively, thread the pendant on a length of ribbon or cord. I totally cheated here and used an existing chain necklace. :)

10. You’re done! Wear your pendant with pride (or a little spookiness, if that’s what floats your boat!)

This is a nice little project for using up some smaller scraps and leftovers from other projects.
Both the cabochon setting and the cabochon were faulty--the setting wasn’t quite the 18x25mm it was advertised as (which didn’t show up as much once I covered the cabochon) and the cabochon had a couple of scratches on the back, which rendered it pretty much useless for projects like my map pendants.
The fabric I used was one of the samples that I wrote about ages ago and of course the skull ring was left over from this project was basically free!

Will be linking up at the link parties listed at the bottom of the page :)


  1. Oh I was surprised that the skull came from a plastic ring. I never would have guessed. Very spooky tutorial, lol,...and tacky, ha ha. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  2. I love this so much! I am also surprised that the skull came from a plastic ring. This would be cool for Halloween, but if you are like me...I would wear it any day of the year. Especially nice for upsetting uptight family members. Keep tutorials like these coming ]:->

  3. How interesting! I wouldn't have guessed either that the skull was from a plastic ring. What a clever necklace. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  4. Love it!!! Never would of imagined the skull was plastic!!

    Stopped by from TT&J. I would love for you to come by my party and link this up or any other lovely project of yours!

    Angie from Little Inspiration

  5. LOVE!! So Cute! Wish I could run out and buy some plastic skull rings!!

  6. Visiting from 1929 Charmer! I love the pretty little base and how you covered it with that pretty fabric!

  7. Wouldn't of thought the skull came from a plastic ring, sure doesn't look like it. Your jewelry is always so very pretty. I really like the base and you could go in so many different directions. Great tutorial as always. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best!

  8. Soo cool i am putting this one in my archive ty so much for sharing the tut it turned out soo cute I'm really into skulls lately

  9. I LOVE this!


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