DIY: Eddie Borgo inspired Router Jewelry

I know that I say a lot of my DIY projects are easy, but today’s is seriously, incredibly easy.  Eddie Borgo is one of my favorite jewelry designers and when I saw this necklace and these earrings, I knew I’d hit the DIY-spiration gold mine.  All you need is some strong glue, routers from the hardware store, some endcaps, and some brute force (or a heavy duty bolt cutter in my case.)  I strung my pendant onto a 24″ silver chain as I’ve been really into mixing metals… but you could make yours into earrings, string it onto an either longer necklace, or go shorter.  I also love wearing two different size pendants at once.

Naturally, I paired my necklace with a navy striped t-shirt dress.  But this little guy goes with absolutely everything.  I particularly like pairing it with preppy + ladylike ensembles to add a little edge.

Full tutorial + steps after the break.

Materials / Where to Buy:

Assorted Brass Wood Screws.  I used Sizes #8 x 2″, 12 x 2.5″, #10 x 3″, and #12 x 2″ // 4mm Barrel Cord Ends (The Eddie Borgo ones are hematite, so get that if possible) // Bolt Cutters // Small Jump Rings + Chain //E6000 Glue

Step 1 – Cut off the head of your screw using the bolt cutters.

Step 2 – Dip your headless screw into a healthy amount of E6000 glue.

Step 3 – Press router firmly into the base of the endcap, and allow to dry.

When dry, attach to a jump ring to make a pendant, or ear wires to make earrings.

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  1. Melanie says 9.11.12

    What a cool and unique idea.  It got me thinking it might be fun to do multiple ones in varying sizes on one necklace to really make a statement…  Might just have to try this!

    MelanieStyle to Stage

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      That’s how I’ve been wearing mine!  I love them, so much… and since the project is so easy you can make a bunch at a time.

  2. Taylor Curlyinthecity says 9.11.12

    So Fun!!! And I totally agree mixing preppy with an edge. That is my style summed up! See this is why we are great friends – twinsies! 🙂 

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      yay for being twinsies.  now just come play in new york! xo

  3. AJ could TOTALLY do this. 

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      totally.  just get him some bolt cutters

  4. tomorrowtodayblog says 9.11.12

    love this necklace! i wonder if home depot would cut some screws down for me so i don’t have to buy a bolt cutter! will let you know!

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      That is a great idea!  I would try a local hardware store as the service will probably be better but I bet they’d do it!

  5. The Avg Girl Guide says 9.11.12

    Very cool; it certainly does look easy! 

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      it really truly is! 😉

  6. says 9.11.12

    This is a great DIY!

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      thank you!!

  7. Erica says 9.11.12

    Gotta love an easy project!  🙂

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      Me too!  I hope you give it a try! 🙂

  8. tanya_caines says 9.11.12

    Such a cool idea, never would have thought of this!

    • Grace says 9.11.12

      Aw, thanks Tanya!

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      thank you so much!  Hope you try it!!

  9. simple & chic!

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      🙂 🙂

  10. I love hardware DIYs! Looks great as a long pendant.

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      thank you, Erin! xx

  11. lexi says 9.11.12

    Seriously love this, though I’m not sure a heavy duty bolt cutter is in my future!

    • Grace Atwood says 9.11.12

      Aw so glad!  Honestly, you’d be shocked at how much I use mine.  Absolutely love it – so useful!

  12. I love the idea of this ‘tough as nails’ jewelry (kind of literally) paired with something really light and feminine, or soft. Like a white or blush Equipment blouse…which PS, I still need to buy.

    • Grace Atwood says 9.12.12

      I agree on both fronts – they’d look great together… and you need one! xoxo

  13. 2nd Funniest Thing says 9.12.12

    Love your proposal! I’ll definetely try to make this!
    Thanks for sharing and kisses from Barcelona

    DIY & unique pieces

    • Grace Atwood says 9.12.12

      I’m so glad you liked the post!  If you make it, I’d love to see a photo!

  14. gameday stylist says 9.13.12

    Such a cute idea!
    – Sara @ Gameday Stylist

    • Grace Atwood says 9.13.12

      Thanks Sara!  It’s such a fun / easy project 🙂 xx

  15. Joyce says 9.15.12

    did you have to file down the end or anything? (knowing me I’d stab myself with it lol! or catch threads on my clothes haha)

    • graceatwood says 9.26.12

      I didn’t! You could if you were really worried but I haven’t found that it’s too sharp 🙂