Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Unique Necklace Project

Have a standout piece in your jewelry collection with this project.  I like mixing both girly and edgy elements in my pieces, and this one is no exception.

Gather your materials and lay out the design. (I went with a piece of accordion-pleated ribbon, a small brass chain to lay over the ribbon, a larger brass chain for the necklace component, and a copper toggle clasp.)

I started by sewing the small chain to the ribbon using needle and thread.  Use a thread that blends well with the ribbon.  While sewing, be sure to keep the chain in the same place.

Now the main (and most time-consuming) part of the necklace is complete.

Attach, by sewing, a jump-ring to both sides of the back of the ribbon.  (This will be what the larger chain connects to.)

Decide how long/short you want the chain to be.  (An easy way to determine this is to stand in front of a mirror and hold the ribbon where you want it to fall on your neck. Then measure the length of the chain that way.)

Find the middle of the chain and, using pliers, cut in half.  (It's important to be sure they are the same length so that the necklace will be even.)  Attach the desired clasp to the chain.  (I chose a toggle clasp that was a different metal to give it an edgy look.)

Now attach the chains to the jump-rings on each side of the ribbon.

After securing the chains to the ribbon, this unique necklace is complete!  Enjoy!

~Beaucoup de Bisous~ 

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