About this project
I know there are a few versions around here with clasps, but I didn't like the look and went for something way more primitive.
The best thing is, you can take off the pick without taking off the necklace, and you don't have to fiddle around with fasteners and clips!
I had a bunch of plastic glow-in-the-dark stars around, and some of theme were big enough to cut picks from. I've been making picks out of them since forever, but until recently I kept losing them everywhere.
You Will Need
(skip this step if you're using a store-bought pick)
Using the pick as a template, draw your pick shape on the plastic.
cut around it with sturdy scissors and smooth the edges with a knife and some sandpaper. Or use a pick punch (now you know why I need one lol). I don't think this step needs a picture.
Now heat a needle/nail/piece of wire while holding it with pliers, or stick it in a wine cork before you heat it . Then use it to poke a hole in the pick - move it around a little so the hole gets big enough to start carving with the knife!
Using the x-acto knife, carefully carve the hole to the shape you've drawn. Again, try to get the edges as smooth as possible.
Congratulations, you've finished the pick part ^^
Now prepare the necklace cord:
If you want to make a loose necklace, just cut a piece of leather or waxed cotton string long enough so it fits over your head (add 1" for the knot) and make a knot. I used polyester corset laces, but I wouldn't really recommend it because it's not safe (it's too strong and you could get hurt if it gets tangled somewhere).
If you want a short necklace that fits tightly around your neck, you'll have to make the adjustable one. (see next step!) For a medium length necklace you can either use a closure, or make it adjustable too.
Make an adjustable cord: (I learned this from a guy who was selling handmade jewelry at a market)
lay the string flat in a "U" shape. DON'T thread your pick on the string yet, I told you it'll be removable ;)
Do the same with the other end. It should look like the picture on the left now. You have to pull the knots really tight, or they won't stay in place! To adjust the necklace, just slide the knots around. You can secure the knots with a drop of superglue, and then shorten the ends if they stick out too much.