I made this using a hex bolt, wire, sheet metal, and a cubic zirconium stone. Everything came from the hardware store with the exception of the stone. I got that from Target.
It’s a Christmas gift for my wife. Hope she likes it.
Step 1: Turn a Hex Bolt
Using a lathe, cut the sides off a hex bolt. Refine the shape with a hobby file. Next drill a hole in the head of the bolt as close to the size of the stone your setting. Once that’s done flip the bolt around and cut the threads clean off.
If necessary use a hobby file to expand the hole until the stone fits in.
Step 2: Make the Setting
Place the stone in the hole. Wrap a piece of wire around a round rod and form a coil. Cut one of the rings out of the coil and file the edges flat. Close the ring and set it behind the stone as a detention.
Apply light pressure to the ring while you solder it in place. Make sure you wear eye protection.
Step 3: Make the Bail
Shape the bail with rotary tools. I’m using a diamond cutting wheel. Make sure to use a half round file to shape the bail where it will join the pendant.
Step 4: Solder
Step 5: Polish
Finally I polished the pendant with polishing compound on a polishing wheel.
Thanks for reading.