make something monday :: fringe necklace
The past few days I have been feeling my jewelry roots rising up again inside of me. I love making jewelry it is always my art form of choice and can be instantly gratifying with only a few tools and supplies! This morning I got out my pliers and some chain and came up with this little fringe necklace. Seriously so easy and in my opinion the perfect statement piece to welcome spring dresses into the mix!
Here is what I did:
For this necklace you will need the most basic jewelry tools - wire cutters and two sets of pliers. You also need chain, small jump rings and a clasp. You can purchase gold or silver plated chain at your local craft store for only a few dollars as well as low end jewelry tools. If you are interested in really getting into wire work a more expensive set of tools is nice but not necessary. And I recommend Fusion Beads as well as an amazing resource for your jewelry making supplies!
1. Cut a long piece of chain that will be your base mine is 26" - then cut a second piece about 3.5" and attach it directly to the center of the long base chain using a small jump ring.
2. The secret to opening and closing jump rings without badly misshaping them is to use two different sets of pliers grip one on each side and gently move the right side up and the left side down in a back and fort sort of motion. This will ensure your jump ring stays nice and round. Now slip the jump ring through the end of the chain and the onto the center of the base chain. Close the jump ring in the same way you opened it using both sets of pliers again.
3. Now you want to cut pieces of chain two at a time that measure just a few links smaller than each chain before. Moving up each side evenly adding chains at every other link intervals. My necklace ended up with 21 lengths of chain so 10 on each side of the longest center chain.
4. Lastly add a clasp to the back of your necklace with two small jump rings and throw it on with your cutest floral dress or t-shirt!!
I hope you enjoy this easy little necklace tutorial - let me know if you have questions I can answer in the comment section!
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