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.
– 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!
1. For the first key ring, cut a strand of thread measuring at least 15 times the diameter of the ring.
2. Tightly tie the thread to the key ring. A triple knot is recommended.
3. Wrap the thread around the ring, pulling tightly.
4. Continue around the key ring.
5. Repeat until the entire key ring is wrapped.
6. Tie another tight knot, and trim away the excess thread.
7. Optional: For extra security, add a dot of clear nail polish to the knot. Let dry.
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.
9. Using a 10mm jump ring, attach two key rings together.
10. Repeat until all the key rings are connected. The largest ring should be in the center, getting smaller as you work outwards.
11. Using an 8mm jump ring, attach a strand of chain to the first key ring.
12. Attach the other end of this chain to the middle key ring.
13. Attach a second chain to the second key ring.
14. Attach the end of this chain to the fourth key ring.
15. Add a third chain to the middle key ring.
16. Attach the end of this chain to the last key ring. This completes the draped bib shape.
17. Attach the two strands of thick chain to the outermost key rings.
18. Attach the jewelry clasp to the end.
Rock your brand new 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!
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)
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