As a veteran crafter, I’ve always felt like jewelry allows you to go crazy and have the most fun. You can use multiple elements and materials and still create something that is totally wearable. This particular tutorial features a major statement necklace that’s sure to add a twist to even your most basic ensembles. The mix of textures will create an eye-catching look that is anything but boring!
– 3-in-1 Pliers
– Cotton twine (or something similar)
– Jewelry wire (24 Gauge)
– Thick curb chain (12 inches/30.48 centimeters)
– Beads (various shapes/sizes/types – 3 kinds)
– Embroidery thread (1-2 colors)
– Crimp beads
– Large jewelry clasp
– Large 10 or 12mm jump rings (4)
– 8mm jump rings (4)
– Clear nail polish
You’ll also need a small square of scrap cardboard — about 2 inches (5.08 centimeters) should do the trick!
1. Separate the chain into two strands, each measuring 6 inches (15.24 centimeters). For heavy, chunky curb chain, you’ll probably have to use pliers from the hardware store to separate the links with ease.
2. Cut a 12 inch (30.48 centimeter) long strand of wire. String on a crimp bead. Crimp beads are tiny metal tubes that can be flattened to hold wires in place.
3. Insert the end of the wire through the jump ring, then back into the crimp bead. With the crimp bead fairly close to the jump ring, flatten the crimp bead with the flat portion of the pliers. This will hold the wire in place.
Tip: Double check that the jump ring is securely and tightly closed shut. Otherwise, the wire loop may slip through the opening!
4. String the first set of beads onto the wire strand, until you reach about 6 inches (15.24 centimeters).
5. At the opposite end, add a crimp bead and a jump ring.
6. Fold the wire around the jump ring and back into the crimp bead and through the first 1-3 beads. Trim the excess wire.
7. Repeat Steps 2-6 with the next two sets of beads.
8. At one end, tie a strand of cotton twine. Repeat at the other end and trim any excess twine.
9. Add a dot of clear nail polish to each of the knots in the cotton twine to further secure. Let dry.
10. To make the tassels, wrap embroidery thread around the scrap cardboard. Do this 10-15 times depending how full you’d like each tassel to be.
11. Slip off the bundle of embroidery thread. Place on top of a separate strand of thread.
12. Tightly tie around the top of the bundle; I’d recommend a double knot. Cut away the excess.
13. Using the scissors, cut the bottom of the bundle to create an instant tassel. Use the pliers to add an 8mm jump ring through the top loop in the tassel.
14. Repeat to create three more tassels. I purposely chose colors that would pop against the beads.
15. Choose a strand and attach the tassels. You can trim the tassels to be as short as you’d like.
16. At opposite ends of the curb chain, add a large jump ring and a jewelry clasp to finish of the necklace.
With such a wide variety of beads available, I’m confident that you’ll find something that fits your taste and style. For example, faceted crystal beads can create a glamorous look, while seed beads are great for toning it down and keeping things simple.
Embroidery thread is available in a rainbow of shades, giving you another chance at prime customization. And if tassels aren’t your thing? You can replace them with charms or pendants. This necklace project is so dynamic that your options are virtually endless!
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez