I really like jewelry…but I’ve never been tempted to make my own before because, quite frankly, it just seemed like too much work. Jewelry-making can seem pretty intimidating at first, but it’s actually a lot easier than you might expect! And making your own jewelry really allows you to express your own unique style! I made three very different necklaces with just a few tools, and can’t wait to make more!
Start with a chain of your choice – there are so many fun options! You’ll also need jump rings, pliers, a clasp, and a bit of embroidery floss. I also used a few charms and crimping tubes – but these are optional!
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This first necklace is very simple! I spaced out a few charms on a pretty chain and then made a fun chain extender out of braided embroidery floss. I love this idea because I never can seem to find chains that are the right length!
To attach the charms, simply open the jump ring with your pliers, and slide the charm right on!
Close the jump ring tightly with your pliers, and that’s all there is to it!
To make a braided chain extender, start with three pieces of embroidery floss. Each piece should be at least twice as long as you want the braid to be. Slide the three pieces through a jump ring, and fold them over the ring at the center.
Now separate the six strands into three sections of two, and start braiding!
When you get towards the end, string the clasp onto the embroidery floss, keep braiding a little bit, and then tie a knot.
To keep the ends of the embroidery floss from fraying, I used a little bit of glue. Now the clasp is secure, and the braid is attached to a jump ring!
Open that jump ring, and attach it to the end of the chain.
Now make another braid for the other side of the necklace, and you’re done! I love how this one turned out – so cute!
The second necklace was SO easy, and it definitely doesn’t look like a DIY!
Use the same braid method from above, and attach multiple chains between the two jump rings (from the braids).
I just took one length of chain, and went back and forth between the jump rings until I had enough layers. I really love how this one turned out too! You definitely won’t find anyone else wearing the same necklace. :-)
The third necklace is a little bit more complicated, but once I figured out the basics, I wanted to try something a little more creative!
First, I wanted one of the charms to be extended, away from the necklace a little bit. I cut a small piece of chain off of the end, and attached it to the center of the necklace with a jump ring. Easy!
Next, I wanted to make a tassel. For the tassel, you’ll need a crimping tube, one jump ring, a large needle, and about 1 foot of embroidery floss.
Start by threading the embroidery floss onto the needle – using a threader made this so much easier! I just slid the threader through the eye of the needle, and then put the floss through the threader. When you pull the needle off of the threader, the embroidery floss slips right in!
Thread the embroidery floss through a crimping tube and then through the jump ring.
Bring the floss around the jump ring and come back down through the crimping tube. The floss should now be going up through the tube, around the ring, and back down through the tube.
Repeat this process, threading the floss back up through the tube, around the ring, and back down.
Once you’re happy with the tassel, use a pair of pliers to squish the crimping tube and secure the embroidery floss in place. Now just cut the ends off and fray them for a full-looking tassel!
Attach the tassel just like you would attach a charm.
With these basic methods and tools, you can create a plethora of different kinds of necklaces! I had so much fun with this project and will definitely be making more for myself and as gifts!
Have you tried jewelry-making?