I made this necklace for my lovely wife. She wanted a "Big, bold, art deco statement necklace".
It's made from small pieces of highly polished wood, threaded on embroidery thread, with an antiqued brass chain.
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Step 1: Materials
A good way to find small pieces of unusual wood for jewelery is to look for "pen blanks", which are used make ball point pens (pen making or "pen turning" is a very popular hobby). A typical pen blank is about 5" long, and about 3/4 inch thick. For jewlery makers, a little wood can go a long way. You could easily make this necklace with a single pen blank. Pen blanks range from a few cents each, up to a few dollars each. Even the very rarest woods are less than $10 per blank. Go ahead and google "exotic wood pen blanks" and you'll find lots of woods you've probably never heard of.
I used two kinds of wood; Tulipwood and Kingwood. They are very hard, dense woods which take a very fine polish. They are also naturally colored. I used no stains or dyes. Tulipwood has an orange color with pink streaks, and kingwood has a purplish brown color, with black streaks.
Tulipwood and Kingwood are both rare woods that grow in Brazil, so you may want to use locally grown woods, or wood from sustainable sources. All the exotic wood I use is reclaimed wood found at estate sales.
The rest of the materials are easy to find at any hobby shop that sells jewelery making supplies. waxed cord or embroidery thread. about a foot of necklace chain, a few "Jump rings", and a necklace clasp. You can buy starter kits with enough supplies to make a bunch of necklaces.