Even though it is a fairly straightforward thing, to make a pendant out of a vintage key, there are several tips I want to share with you.
First and most important is the shape of the key – the easiest ones to work with are those that have a round bow, or a quatrefoil bow, that is because the key will stay vertical when it’s hanging from a chain. Otherwise, if the bow is oval, the gravity will make it slide in the jump ring and the key will fall in an diagonal position.
If you use an oval bow key like most are, you can use this design instead:
this will only work if the necklace is a short one as the bow of the key will have two distant supporting jump rings right and left. If the key would be on a long chain, the jump rings would be too close to each other, one slightly left and the other slightly right, and then the key might still tend to fall on one side.
Another approach would be to allow the oval bow key to slide on one side and fall diagonally and add some other little bits and pieces, beads or whatever to the necklace for a more hippie free-form gypsy look.
A thing to mention would be the thickness of the circular metal band from which the bow of the key is made, if it’s too thick, you’d have to use a large jump ring and that may not look too pretty if you’re aiming to make a delicate necklace. If, on the other hand, your key is a larger more industrial type of key, you can use large elements like a larger jump ring and a thicker bolder chain.
The last thing to mention would be protecting the keys from rust/oxydizing (after cleaning them beforehand).
There are a lot of solutions out there to protect metal from rust, basically any varnish, but the more specialized, the better. I use a metal sealer from Ranger which I like, as it has a satin finish, this doesn’t alter the look of the keys, doesn’t make them too shiny or too matte.
As for the chain, I prefer sturdy chains, ’cause I am a power user 🙂 the ones with soldered links are very solid, even though they look delicate.
The rest is up to you – I love to use gunpowder black chains or antiqued silver ones if I have an iron key, or brass if I have a brass key.
As each vintage key has its own personality, they will guide you to a certain type of necklace. Have fun and if you felt inspired to make something, show me your experiments!
A LIL’ BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ANCA
Anca is an artistic soul, with lots of ideas. She wants to try this and that, buys all the possible craft supplies that no one ever heard of, “for future projects” (she says)… She is a social media inamorata and ensures a quality customer service. She is our calligrapher and she plays the piano. a lot.love it, share it!facebook twitter google pinterest
Deep in my mind a little thought springs into existence. It is small and featureless like the smallest seed, so humble in its ways that my conscious mind is not able to register its presence. There are many such little entities so similar and yet different popping in and out of existence just under the edge of my perception, unknown, secretive and ephemeral and each one gets its chance to grow or dye.
Sometimes I try to listen to them, to capture their essence because though individually insignificant, their endless dance choreographs the shape of my personality, my every desire and need, my future.
The ones that get to grow, do so fast, with a mesh of little roots that intertwine until it’s hard to tell them apart. They all seek to reach the light, they want to be part of my consciousness and to see the world through my eyes. They tug on me, like clumsy puppeteers in an uncoordinated and chaotic manner. But they are so many! Slowly during this fight some, coherent enough, get stronger, like ancient trees they grow and use their shadows to kill the worthless bush beneath. They became my conscious mind, my focus, my friends. In the end they get to dictate the course of my life.
And just like trees they bloom and make seeds, little seeds that fall through the roots at the bottom, the most humble place deep in my mind, far from light. Just like their older brothers they try to grow. Growing is harder this time, nevertheless they grow, because this time, they are the seeds of the ancient trees and in their concealing shape, they hide order and beauty.
A LIL’ BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR: RADU Radu is our crazy scientist…. ahem the inventor, I mean. He is always doing some sort of experiment, and calls the workshop a lab… He takes the knowledge of old crafters to the next level, testing and improving the traditional recipes. He is a thinker, geek, perfectionist and a quality control freak. He owns a lot of radio controlled helicopters that we are all afraid of.love it, share it!facebook twitter google pinterest