Make a Thread-Wrapped Bib Necklace With Ordinary Key Rings

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Worn Thread-Wrapped Bib Necklace

Sometimes, extremely normal items double as extremely awesome DIY materials. This project features ordinary key chain rings, which are widely available and used by many. They’re also inexpensive, so they’re perfect for the crafter on a budget. In fact, there’s a good chance you already own quite a few — if so, you’re already halfway there! Bring in the tools, thread and chain, and you’ll have yourself new statement necklace in no time.

Supplies for Thread Wrapped Bib Necklace

Supplies:

– 6-inch strand of thick chain (2)
– 7-inch strand of medium thickness chain (3)
– Embroidery thread (3 colors)
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
– Jewelry clasp
– 10mm jump rings (7)
– 8mm jump rings (6)
– Large key chain ring (1) *
– Medium key chain ring (2) *
– Small key chain ring (3) *
– Clear nail polish (optional)
– Scissors (optional)**

* For reference, the key chain rings that I used measured 1 1/2 inches, 1 inch, and 9/10 inch wide.

** I used the cutting portion of my jewelry pliers, but feel free to use scissors if that’s easier!

Cut thread for each key ring

1. For the first key ring, cut a strand of thread measuring at least 15 times the diameter of the ring.

Tie the thread around each key ring

2. Tightly tie the thread to the key ring. A triple knot is recommended.

Tightly wrap the thread around the key ring

3. Wrap the thread around the ring, pulling tightly.

Tightly wrap the thread around the key ring

4. Continue around the key ring.

Wrap the thread around the key ring

5. Repeat until the entire key ring is wrapped.

Tie the thread tightly

6. Tie another tight knot, and trim away the excess thread.

Add clear nail polish to secure the thread's knot

7. Optional: For extra security, add a dot of clear nail polish to the knot. Let dry.

Wrap thread around all the key rings

8. Repeat Steps 1-7 with the remaining key rings. Use the second shade of thread for the two medium key rings, and the third shade for the small key rings.

Connect the key rings together with jump rings

9. Using a 10mm jump ring, attach two key rings together.

Connect the key rings together with jump rings

10. Repeat until all the key rings are connected. The largest ring should be in the center, getting smaller as you work outwards.

Add chain to the first key ring

11. Using an 8mm jump ring, attach a strand of chain to the first key ring.

Connect the chain to another key ring

12. Attach the other end of this chain to the middle key ring.

Add chain to the second key ring

13. Attach a second chain to the second key ring.

Connect the chain to another key ring

14. Attach the end of this chain to the fourth key ring.

Add chain to the middle key ring

15. Add a third chain to the middle key ring.

Connect the chain to another key ring

16. Attach the end of this chain to the last key ring. This completes the draped bib shape.

Attach chain to both ends of the key ring bib

17. Attach the two strands of thick chain to the outermost key rings.

Add a jewelry clasp

18. Attach the jewelry clasp to the end.

Worn Thread-Wrapped Bib Necklace

Rock your brand new necklace!

Worn Thread-Wrapped Bib Necklace

Who knew key chain rings could look this cool? The thread disguises them so easily – no one will ever believe that they’re actually key rings. For a more monotone look, simply use the same color thread for all five rings. You can also use gradient or glittered thread, or even switch colors halfway through a key ring. Feel free to experiment and make it your own!

Finished Thread-Wrapped Bib Necklace

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)

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