DIY Rock Candy Necklace from Hot Glue!

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

Would you believe this is made from hot glue, a toothpick, and a bead… and that’s it?

If you’re looking for a “sweet” project (guilt-free) to do with friends this Valentine’s Day, look no further!

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

Supplies you will need:

  • AdTech® 2Temp Glue Gun —> Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Full Size AdTech® Multi-Temp Glue Sticks –> Click here to buy from Amazon
    (We strongly recommend AdTech® hot glue for clear jewelry that won’t yellow!)
  • Colored toothpicks (you can buy them colored, or paint them yourself)
  • Short eyepins, or regular eyepins and wire cutters
  • A silver ball chain
  • Plain, shiny beads, with a small hole that will fit a toothpick
  • Scissors
  • Clear nail polish
  • Parchment (baking) paper or a silicone mat

Step one: Warm up your glue gun

Load it with a glue stick and place it over your parchment paper (or silicone mat). If you’re working with younger crafters, use the low setting; otherwise, high will work well.

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

Step two: Lay glue lines, long and thin

You’ll need 10-12 strings, about 8″ long. Allow them to cool completely, then peel from away from parchment paper/mat. Once you’ve laid all the glue you need, move your glue gun to the low setting.

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

Step three: Bundle the strings together, and cut

You’re going to create “sugar crystals” this way, so cut in 1/8″-1/4″ shards, over and over, into a small pile, as shown.

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

Steps four and five: Glue your toothpick and dip into shards

Coat 1/2 the toothpick completely with glue. Before the glue sets, roll it in the pile of “sugar crystals” you created.

Step six: Keep rolling

You’ll need to add dots of glue to the crystals you’ve added to the toothpick in order to keep adding layers and getting the “rock candy” to your desired thickness. Careful not to burn your fingers! (AdTech® Finger Guards are great for this part of the project!)

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

Step seven: Add your eyepin

Trim any long crystals that stick out, and then add your eyepin. If you have a short one, just push it into the end of the top end of the rock candy. If you need to trim a longer eyepin down, do so until it’s 1/4″-1/2 long.

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

Step eight: Coat rock candy with clear nail polish

This will give it a shiny look. Prop up to air dry so it doesn’t stick to your work surface. Seal the toothpick with nail polish as well.

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

 

Step nine: Add the bead

Glue your small bead to the end of the toothpick.

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies

Step ten: String onto the necklace chain

… and you’re done!

"Rock Candy" Necklace from Hot Glue! | The Studio Blog at Adhesive Technologies


Love what you created? We will, too! Tag us in your image on Instagram, @adtech. Use the hashtags #glueasamedium and #thisishotglue so others can see your creation! And remember not to leave your rock candy necklace in a warm car or anywhere that might exceed 120 degrees, as the glue will soften.

Rock Candy Necklace made with AdTech® Hot Glue - DIY Hot Glue Rock Candy - use your Glue Gun to make Rock Candy Jewelry!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Natasha

    These are really fun! I’ve never thought to cut up hot glue and then glue those pieces to something else.

    March 28, 2018 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply admin

      I’m so glad you like the project! I am fairly new to AdTech, and they let me play in the Studio with all of the products. I had a lot of fun inventing new ways to use hot glue. There are more on this blog from the past few weeks. Check out the crystals! 🙂

      March 28, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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