Polished Granite Pendant





Introduction: Polished Granite Pendant

The other day I went hiking near my house. I found this small flat piece of granite and hoped I could make it into something pretty for a friend of mind. Having zero experience working with stone, I’m glad it turned out the way it did. The metal comes from two American nickels.

To make it I first used tile nips to rough cut a circle. I then double stick taped the stone to a the head of a bolt. I spun the bolt in my drill press and polished it round using only common sand paper (starting at 100 grit then, 400, 1000, and finally 2000). I then burnished it with white candle wax to make it shiny.

For the bezel, I hammered a nickel just enough so the detail of the coin disappeared. I then made a bottle cap shape by hammering it while it was clamped over a socket (full instructions for this method are under “Vintage Locket”. I soldered it to a nail and polished it in my drill press.

For the jump ring I hammered a strip of nickel and formed it around a drill bit to make it circular. I then filed a round notch in it and soldered it to the bezel.

The stone is pressed in, no glue, or bezel setting. That was unintentional though. I tried to dry fit it and then could absolutely not get it back out.
Hope she likes it.



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    What if you used a actual bottle cap?

    I just got a bag of bottle caps from a near by restuarant. I let you know how it goes.

    Hmm! How DID that work out, Mr B?

    How long did the stone grinding process take?

    I think it took about 15 minutes.

    I'm having a hard time with getting a rock small enough to start sanding. I made the bezel already. I was surprised at how easy that part was.

    How did you dry fit it? I feel like I'd break the rock before it pops in. Thanks for any more details!

    Oh yeah, Thanks for the Instructable!

    I was lucky enough to find a rock that was already fairly flat. But if your starting with a typical shape rock I would try this. Place your find in an old sock. Hit the stone with a hammer while it's still in the sock. This will break the stone into several pieces while keeping it from flying everywhere. Find the rock piece that best suits you and use a metal file to flatten a portion of the rock enough to mount it. Wear safety glasses.

    For the dry fitting I simply placed the sand paper on the edge of the spinning stone and checked it periodically. There wasn't really a popping when I pushed it in. I had intended to use epoxy resin to set it but it turned out to be exactly the right size. I tried to put double stick tape on the polished stone to pull it out but it wouldn't pull out square. All I could do was pull an edge of the stone out a fraction of a millimeter.

    If you use epoxy resin wipe off the excess that bleeds outs while it's still wet.

    Well I finished it and gifted it on her Bday. She loves it and hasn't taken it off yet! I did the jump ring a bit differently and I also used a soldering iron to solder the jump ring on.

    Here it is. I also used a stone that looks like fractured quartz.



    Just wow. I gotta make one of these for my mother and sisters!