Introduction: Yin Yang Jewelry

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My first idea to make yin yang jewelry, came when browsing pinterest, where I saw a beautiful wire wrapped yin yang pendant. I tried to make a simplified version of this pendant myself, but lets just say my attempt looked like someone found some wire, bended a base (which didn't go that bad) and after that forgot everything about wire. I do plan on giving this pendant another try, but not for a while.

Then, I thought, I love the yin yang symbol, why don't I go for a somewhat easier option? Using an image and a quote, I created these pieces, a pendant and a pair of (my first ever made) earrings.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, although the white text does have a slight blue hue to it, but that's because of the scale I made this on. When printing it larger, it still would have been there, just not as noticeable.

I really hope you'll like it!

Step 1: Materials

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To make this, you will need:

- cardboard
- glue
- a compass
- pliers
- scissors
- earring hooks
- a jump ring
- a necklace
- wire
- the printed images

Step 2: Searching Images

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When making this, you can decide two things: use the image I created, which is added in step 7, or make your own.

Start by searching the quote you want to use (or an other kind of text) and try to find a large image of the yin yang symbol. I only searched for large images to do so. Copy the picture or make a screenshot of it (libreoffice does not like cutting/pasting).

Step 3: Adding the Base and Text

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Open a new text document. Add your yin yang image and turn it down in size. Zoom in to make working on it a lot easier. Type your text next to it.

Step 4: Placing the Text

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To be able to put the text over the picture, you might need to put wrap -> in background, otherwise the text will just go around it. To fill up the empty space, you can copy/paste your text. Next, change the size of the text to 6. Since there will be empty space again, add the text another time.

Select the text that is completely in the black part and change the font colour to white.

Step 5: Cleaning Up

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Repeat the switch of font colour from black to white for the other text that is in the black.

*optional*
Next you can delete the text that is on the right of the pendant, but I wouldn't recommend doing the same on the left. Instead I made the text white. This is optional because these parts will be cut off later.

Step 6: The Border

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As you can see, there are multiple letters that are both in the white and in the black part. I ended up making the white, but that's completely up to you.

Step 7: Making It an Image

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To save your image, make an as accurate screenshot as possible. To access the final image, double click the second image of this step.

Step 8: Printing and Cutting

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Now that it's an actual image, resizing it is simple. Add it two times with a diameter of 3 cm and 4 times with a diameter of 2 cm. Print the file and cut out the shapes.

Step 9: Drawing and Cutting

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Next, draw 16 circles of 2 cm diameter and 10 circles of 3 cm diameter on your cardboard using your compass. I should warn you not to drop your compass on your hand - it's sharp, very sharp.

Cut out your circles.

Step 10: Making Eye Pins

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Before starting to glue, bend your eye pins. Make one with a length of no more than 2,5 cm and two with a length of no more than 1,5 cm. To keep them balanced out a bit, make the loops of the two smallest ones the same size and smaller than the other pin.

Step 11: Glueing the Base

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Divide your piles of cardboard circles in two. Start by glueing together the first half. Next, glue your eye pin on and add the second half. Let it dry completely before moving on to next step.

Step 12: Adding the Image

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Apply a dab of glue to the cardboard base and spread it as evenly as possible. Next, glue on the image. To coat the image, add a bit of glue and spread it thin and even using a bit of wire. Let this dry before repeating this for the other side.

Step 13: Repeat

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Repeat the glueing for the other two. In the picture above is shown what difference the glue coat makes.

Step 14: Letting Dry

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Waiting for the glue coating to dry will take quite some time, but you shouldn't hesitate to take that time, since otherwise your work will get smeared.

Step 15: Adding Hooks and Loops

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Carefully bend open the earring hooks and the jump rings and add them to the pendants.

Step 16: Done

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And that's it! I hope you liked this 'ible and found it useful, if you did I would love to know :)

Comments

Arachne_Weaver (author)2016-01-18

LOVE IT!!!!!! Im definitly gonna try this!!! Its SUPER cute and SUPER easy!!!!!!!

ikr (author)2014-08-08

I love the yin yang symbol.

I love black and white.

I love jewellery.

I love balance.

In short, I love your work: its the ultimate pendant.

"Bows" ^ ^

emilyvanleemput (author)ikr2014-08-09

Thank you so so so much!!!

ikr (author)emilyvanleemput2014-12-17

i made this, and gave it to my friend.. She loved it!

emilyvanleemput (author)ikr2014-12-21

Did you by any chance take a picture of it? I'd love to see it :)

ikr (author)emilyvanleemput2014-12-22

i am seriously sorry, I didn't... But I could ask her to wear it so I can take a pic of it, some other day ^^'

ikr (author)emilyvanleemput2014-12-17

and yeah, I noticed that the number of 'so's were max for me, so I'm very very happy.. He he ^^' thank YOU!

jahcar (author)2014-08-29

The Yin and Yang is a sacred symbol not a fashion statement. What you're doing here is called cultural appropriation and is totally disrespectful.

tofugami (author)2014-08-09

Super cute and easy to make. My name is Yang btw. A common first and last name in my culture. :-)

emilyvanleemput (author)tofugami2014-08-10

Thank you!

Chopper Rob (author)2014-08-09

I love it! What about some sort of clear coat to seal it?

Thanks! I used clear glue, which also functions as a coat.

olaw101 (author)2014-08-08

I did this it's so cute

emilyvanleemput (author)olaw1012014-08-09

That's great! I would love to see a picture of the result!

lindarose92 (author)2014-08-08

They are beautiful! I love that you put text on the symbol, it makes it even more original :)

Thanks Linda :D

MicioGatta (author)2014-08-08

Beautiful :)

Thank you!!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-08-07

Awesome work Emily! the number of jewelries you can make using this technique is endless! Love it :D

Thank you so much Muhaiminah!!

loompiggytutorials (author)2014-08-07

This is so cute!

Thanks!

Passion Make (author)2014-08-07

It looks great :)

Thank you!

ChrysN (author)2014-08-07

I love this! Where is the text from, I really like it, is it a quote?

emilyvanleemput (author)ChrysN2014-08-07

Thanks! It was one of the first results when searching google images for yin yang quotes

fozzy13 (author)2014-08-07

These look awesome! Thanks for sharing : )

emilyvanleemput (author)fozzy132014-08-07

Thank you!!

hunter999 (author)2014-08-07

Wow, this is incredibly ingenious! I love it :D

Amazing work done here Emily!! :-)

Thank you so much :D

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