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DIY Agate Pendant – How to Turn an Agate Slice into a Necklace

Like my new DIY agate slice pendant necklace? 

DIY agate necklace

After ogling and pinning a slew of dyed agate necklaces, I started to really want one.  I actually had a pretty agate pendant as a kid (I’ve always liked rocks), but for the life of me can’t find it now.  With my travel looming, I just couldn’t fathom coughing up the $40+ bucks to buy one.

These Stunning Necklaces are From: LEIF; Vintage Pinch; LEIF; Little Things Happen

But I couldn’t pine any longer, so Hubs and I made a couple of these DIY gems.  

Yep, Hubby helped me make these so I could snap photos.  How sweet is that?  Did I mention we did this DIY on his birthday?  I wasn’t being cute when I admitted that I am a bad wife!


We started with two slices of dyed agate I bought at the gift shop of the New England Aquarium, for $1.99 a piece.  They remind me of a fun trip we took together.

Small agate slices

We grabbed some silver bails from the craft store, but they needed some customizing.  Yep, Hubs came with me to the craft store, too.  How else can I use two 40% off coupons on the same day?!?

These bails are meant to be affixed to a stone with a hole in it already (I  couldn’t find the kind without the pins locally), so we snipped the pins off and then filed the inside gently:

Cut the prongs of a bail

If you don’t mind ordering online, you can find bails that just glue right on to a stone, like these.  But I do prefer the extra security of a bail that grips the stone from both sides.

We used our favorite LePage gel epoxy to attach the bail.  You mix the two parts together on the spot and have to work quick, but the hold is strong!

The best gel epoxy for DIY jewelry and home repair

Hubs dabbed a touch on to both sides of the bail and then slid it on to the stone, squeezing it tightly:

DIY agate slice necklace

The epoxy sets really quickly, but I still set it aside overnight before wearing it.

I had also grabbed a spool of some silver plated chain from the craft store (with the second coupon, haha).  I snipped off one link to make the chain the length I wanted and strung on the agate pendant.

Then I used pliers to open a link at one end, which I looped on the last link at the other end and closed.

And that’s it!  You could add a clasp if you want a shorter length, but mine are large enough to slip over my noggin.

DIY agate slice necklace

DIY agate slice necklace

DIY agate slice necklace

DIY agate slice necklace

I’ve been rocking the dark blue one with my bright orange Calvin Klein dress (from Winner’s) and the pink one with pale greys.  I love how pretty these are – and how inexpensive!  Using craft store coupons for the chain and bails, both necklace together cost less than $10.00 (I’m not counting the epoxy, because that’s a staple for us)!  These DIY agate slice necklaces would make such sweet gifts.

DIY agate slice pendant necklace tutorial



  1. Meghan @ Wishful Thinking
    August 8, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    Your husband is most definitely a keeper! The necklaces you 2 created are beautiful! I’ve had my eye on a few agate beauties for a while but just couldn’t quite bring myself to pay that much money. Adding this to my ever-growing craft list!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 2:58 am

      Ooo, can't wait to see your version. I bet it will be gorgeous! Don't worry, my "to-do" craft list is miles longer than my "done" list.

    • Anonymous
      March 5, 2015 / 12:50 am

      Awesome, I make jewellery & hve been playing around with agate & ppl love them πŸ™‚ I also make suncatches with them using crystals also

  2. emily @ go haus go
    August 8, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    So amazing!! Wow! I know your Etsy shop is thrifted finds but these would sell like hot cakes! Everything on Etsy jewelry-wise is so expensive!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 2:59 am

      Thanks, Emily! I am planning to add more jewellery, with some handmade baubles, when we re-open in the New Year. I might have to track down some more agate and whip up some more.

  3. How2home
    August 8, 2012 / 3:32 pm

    First, love your bright orange dress. Second, this is such a great tutorial! Inexpensive and creative. Great post Tanya πŸ™‚

    • Emily @ ACanDoAttitude
      August 8, 2012 / 4:57 pm

      I second everything you said.

    • Keira
      August 9, 2012 / 1:30 am

      And I third everything! Love it!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 2:59 am

      You guys are so sweet!!

      • Debbie Casto
        December 6, 2019 / 7:22 am

        Can you use E6000 glue or will it not hold good enough?

        • December 6, 2019 / 2:43 pm

          I have never used it before, so I can’t say for sure, but I’ve heard good things about it so I think it should work just fine. As I understand it, that E6000 is meant for jewelry, right? I just use the epoxy because I trust it and always have a tube for repairs and projects.

    • cred
      August 9, 2012 / 12:47 pm

      Me, too! So, lovely.

  4. Alyssa@Clever Nest
    August 8, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    I love love love this! Very inexpensive, and looks like a million bucks. The tutorial is fabulous, great pics, (plus you have mad photography skills :). As always, I'm a huge fan of everything you do.<3 Alyssa

  5. Alyssa@Clever Nest
    August 8, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    PS Heck yes I would buy these if you listed them on Etsy.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:00 am

      If I do get some more agate and make some for sale, I'll be sure to let everyone know on the blog to get first dibs!

  6. erica | wicked bride
    August 8, 2012 / 5:38 pm

    I LOVE THIS! I really might have to try this – they came out so beautiful, t! I'm a big agate fan – I have some really neat agate rings. But I'd love a necklace. And I'm always getting those 40% off coupons πŸ™‚ And I second everyone else – I love the orange dress, and I'd buy this if it were in your shop!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:01 am

      I'm realizing just how many dresses I have . . . I think every blog photo of late is me in a dress, me in a dress. Such false advertising because I'm totally wearing yoga capris and a ratty tank right now.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:10 am

      P.S. Did we really need another thing in common, lol? Shopping with you will be a nightmare because we'll always be diving for the same thing.

    • erica | wicked bride
      August 9, 2012 / 3:18 pm

      It's ok, we can just have championship rock, paper, scissors matches πŸ™‚

  7. Carol@TheDesignPages
    August 8, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    They are fantastic!! I was given a beauty by my hubby but the agate is huge and the chain is a double and together I feel like the neck cramps start 5 min after I put it on. I am definitely going to make something lighter. THanks for the tips!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:01 am

      Oh, what a shame (but how sweet of your hubby). Anything you can do to alter it to make it more comfy?

  8. Nicole
    August 8, 2012 / 6:30 pm

    Those are just gorgeous. I love big, pretty necklaces, and you totally rock the orange dress and necklace.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:02 am

      Awww, thanks Nicole! I've been buying way too much bright orange stuff this season, but it just lifts my mood for some strange reason.

  9. Mandy Pellegrin
    August 8, 2012 / 8:29 pm

    Great project! I too have had my eye on many an agate necklace for like a year now, but I can never seem to pull the credit card out. Perhaps it is time to take this into my own hands! πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:03 am

      Definitely give it a go! And these would make sweet presents, too. More money-saving!

  10. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    August 8, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    What a great idea! I love the orange and pink one and your dress it too cute! πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:03 am

      Thanks Caitlin!

  11. Hannah
    August 8, 2012 / 10:24 pm

    Pretty! I love it!

  12. Sherry
    August 8, 2012 / 11:56 pm

    These look so expensive…it's hard to believe you got buy with 2 for only $10!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:07 am

      I think the size of the agate and the weight of the chain help to make the necklace look more fancy than it is. I picked a chain that was not too skimpy to look cheap, but not too big that it obviously looked fake. The stones, also, are not to big to look garish, but weighty enough that they are statement makers.

  13. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity
    August 9, 2012 / 12:58 am

    I love that photo of you in the orange dress with the bright blue necklace – it just popped out at me from my sidebar and I had to read your post. Your are quite the clever girl, making your own necklaces for so little money. I love them.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:05 am

      Thanks, Grace. I am so shy about posting photos of me but for another jewellery DIY some blog friends demanded I "model" the jewellery instead of artfully propping it up. I've had other comments and emails about more Tanya photos. So I've been making an effort to post more photos, in this post and even the last. Happy to hear they're a "draw," lol.

  14. Interior Design Musings
    August 9, 2012 / 2:35 am

    So fabulous! I have a DIY coming up with agates too! And it's not a necklace!!!! m.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 9, 2012 / 3:04 am

      Oooo, I CANNOT wait to see. I love rocks more than rocks should be loved. You're such a tease! Be sure to come back and share the link so other folks from DLT can find it too πŸ™‚

  15. Amy
    August 9, 2012 / 2:38 am

    It looks amazing! Great job as always πŸ™‚

  16. Whitney @ drab to fab design
    August 9, 2012 / 1:09 pm

    Gorgeous, and so creative!! Your photos are stunning, and I love your bright orange dress!

  17. Carrie Waller
    August 9, 2012 / 2:06 pm

    Awesomeeeeeeeeeee…Definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Amelia @ House Pretty
    August 10, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    These are so gorgeous and I love that they'll always make you think of your trip (I actually always try to pick up a piece of jewelry – it doesn't have to be fancy – to remember trips by, but this is even better!). BTW, I finally got to open my September issue of Style at Home and saw your letter and pic – congrats!

  19. southernscraps
    August 12, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    So pretty! It's gorgeous with that outfit.

  20. Naptime Review
    August 12, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    Those stones are so pretty!!!!!I am your newest follower from Sundae Scoop. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can. Hosting Mom's Monday Mingle later today. Love for you to link up!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 30, 2012 / 7:27 pm

      I am behind, but I am checking out your blog right now!

  21. Vanessa
    October 30, 2012 / 4:04 pm


  22. DecorandtheDog
    October 30, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    These are super pretty! I like that they have special meaning too!

  23. Nichole
    October 30, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    These are beautiful! My grandfather used to hunt for, collect, and cut agate stones. He would make small jewelry pieces with them. I've been wanting to continue this tradition, and this seems like just the perfect project to take on. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 30, 2012 / 7:26 pm

      Oh, how amazing!! His jewellery must be stunning. I love that you're now going to follow the tradition. I'd love to see what you create.

  24. Sarah Ugly Duckling House
    October 30, 2012 / 7:45 pm

    I've been lusting after those LEIF necklaces for ages! Great job on taking your own spin on them. So pretty!

  25. megan {homemade ginger}
    October 30, 2012 / 10:00 pm

    Wow, this is really beautiful. Great job! I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

  26. Michelle
    October 30, 2012 / 10:39 pm

    These look great! I have one of these stones that I got years ago at the grand canyon but never got around to making it into a necklace. I really like the longer length, so you've inspired me to finally make one!

  27. Marium
    January 17, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    New follower here! I love this project and I absolutely adore how you styled it with the orange dress!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 17, 2013 / 5:12 pm

      Hi Marium! So nice to meet you. Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚

  28. Bromeliad
    April 1, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    Another great project. I love your solution with the bail.

  29. L'Mai Creations
    September 11, 2013 / 10:14 pm

    Also a new follower. I recently bought a few agates from an antique/neat stuff store in Van Buren, AR. They were fairly inexpensive ($2/piece). I was wondering what to do with them. I thought about this idea, but you've made it look so easy – I'm definitely going to try it. Can't wait.Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 12, 2013 / 1:56 am

      I'd love to see your finished necklaces!! $2.00 is a great price πŸ™‚

  30. Ms. Jennifer Cecena-Ruiz
    June 5, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Yesterday, my boyfriend bought me an agate slice and have been looking for inexpensive ways to make a pendant out of it and I came across your page and you're amazing! I wanted to ask, where do you get your chains from?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      June 10, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Awww, thanks for your sweet comment! What a great gift from the BF! I bought my chains at Michael's but any craft store should carry something similar. Tons of great etsy sellers sell the right supplies too. Happy crafting πŸ™‚

  31. angeladusenberry
    November 23, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    i thought this would be how to make the crystals πŸ™

  32. September 25, 2021 / 1:29 pm

    I have so many agates I bought in 2017 and intended to make into necklaces and sell on Etsy but never got around to it. I do want to make one into a Christmas present for a dear friend and one to wear myself. But I have forgotten what size bails to use. (Mine have holes.) I ordered some 11 mm, but they are much to small. Your bails look just right – can you tell me what size they are? I would pinch them, not glue them, but they still look just the right size!


    • September 25, 2021 / 4:23 pm

      Hi Shirley, I’m so sorry I don’t think I still own the supplies for this because the project is from so long ago. Is the measurement you’re looking for the length? Because in that case I can measure the ones I made.

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