You will need:
- a gold mining kit or any small rocks
- thin jewelry wire
- a long chain with clasp
To begin - dig for gold! This nostalgic Smithsonian Gold Dig kit was only five dollars and encases five tiny pieces of pyrite. The box even contains a mallet and pick for authentic mining. If you don't want to bother with the kit, look for unique rocks at the beach, on a trial, or - in an urban environment - scour a gravel driveway for nice looking stones. When strangers give you funny looks, mumble loudly about dropping your keys.
Wash away the dust by soaking your gold in a soapy bath. Use an old toothbrush to scrub grime out of tiny nooks and crannies. Look how sparkly they are!
This is an important step: if the wire is loose, the stone will fall out. As you wrap, criss-cross the wire at every intersection. Use the pliers to thread the wire underneath and wrap it at least once. In these images, notice how the wire is never just overlapping at the intersections? Its always twisted. Basically, you are weaving a metal net to hold the rock and prevent the wire from unraveling. Every time you loop the wire, pull gently with the pliers to keep it taunt.
You may have to try this several times. If it doesn't look good or feel secure, snip the wire and start over. I had to wrap my first pendant three times before I got the hang of it.
Slide the paint brush out of your loop and trim the excess wire.