When working on the design of a special piece, students of my silver jewellery workshops often ask for suggestions on how to wear their creations.
An adjustable cord is often the best solution: no clasp to fiddle with, easy to put on/ take off and it offers various positions for a pendant.
Tutorials on how to make one are available on the internet, I recommend www.fusionbeads.com for their clear instructions on many beading and metal working techniques. The “adjustable knot” you can find here.
And: Don’t forget youtube.com for tutorials on video clips.
Preserving memories is something we all do to a certain degree, to incorporate mementos into amulets and talismans is less common but very rewarding.
If you have something you treasure and would like to carry it with you all the time, then have a look at the following book which explains the use of wire, polymer clay, paper-mache, epoxy, concrete, metal with found objects.
Every step for the projects is shown in close-up photos.
Amulets and Talismans: Simple Techniques for Creating Meaningful Jewelry by Robert Dancik
(Look inside the book at amazon.com)
by Ingrid of Silverworks