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A cross pendant can make a major fashion statement. But if the ones you find in stores just don't mesh with your style, there's nothing to stop you from designing your own. The result will be a one-of-a kind cross pendant and every part of it, from the materials to the colors, will be essentially "you."
Set a budget. Knowing what you can afford can guide you in your design decisions and help turn your design into reality.
Gather inspiration for the pendant design. Collect images of cross pendants in magazines, books and online. Examine what your style icons are wearing. This process enables you identify the features you want your pendant to have.
Choose the materials you want to use in the design. Select them based on what is attractive to you. But don't discount any materials out of hand--a cross pendant carved from wood or handcrafted from polymer clay can be just as striking as one made from gold or precious stones.
Sketch out several different designs on paper with the colored pencils. Experiment with shapes, sizes, colors, patterns and complexity. You don't need to try for a completed design at this stage, just sketch out elements that you like.
Identify the designs you find most appealing and refine them. Repeat this process, narrowing down your selection until you are left with only one design.
Copy your chosen design on a fresh sheet of paper. List each element--length, width, thickness, type of material(s) and other details, such as a faceted or polished stones--so that you have a full written description to act as a "road map" for your design.