Due to the resounding success of her last She’s Crafty, my friend Pandora from Accessory Source is back with another lovely necklace DIY tutorial that would make a fantastic christmas present for a friend or relative!
When it comes to jewelry, I favor big and bold pieces. And while I tend to wear mostly gold, lately I’ve become obsessed with mixing metals like silver and gunmetal (and throwing in some bling for good measure!). My multi-chain necklace has become a staple in my wardrobe because it incorporates it all. Here’s a quick 10 step tutorial on how to make your own bulky bauble.
You will need the following tools:
- Pliers (optional)
- Ribbon-1 yard
- Two jump rings (the size of a nickel). For those who don’t know what a jump ring is, it’s a metal ring with a small gap for opening and closing.
- 7 various strands of chain – 12 inches
I chose a mix of metals in various colors and sizes and a few strands with rhinestones. But this tutorial can be applied to ANY strands, like beads. The only requirement is that the ends of each strand have a round opening or a jump ring that can be hooked onto a larger jump ring. If it doesn’t, you will have to attach one.
All of my materials were purchased at Toho Shoji.
Cut your first strand 12 inches long. This will be the longest chain on the necklace.
Cut the remaining strands 1/2 inch shorter than the strand before. I have 7 strands. My longest is 12 inches, my shortest is 9 inches.
Using your pliers open one jump ring and hook on your longest strand.
Hang the rest of the chains one at a time, in size order. You’ll hang the smallest one last.
With your pliers, close the gap of the ring.
Do the exact same thing to the other end of your chains, starting with the longest strand.
Cut your ribbon in half. Take one ribbon and put an end through the back of the jump ring so that the edge is facing you.
Fold the edge to the left. Wrap it around the back of the ribbon toward the right and through the hoop, creating a knot.
Do the same thing with the remaining ribbon and jump ring. Only this time when you fold the ribbon, fold it to the right and bring it around to the left to tie.
If your chains are heavy, you may want to reinforce the knots by sewing a few stitches.
Lastly, wear it with everything and love it!
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