As stunning as we found the necklace to be, the supply shopping trip moved lower and lower down “the list.” But when Gwyneth and I were straightening up the apartment browsing our inventory of embellishments, we looked at each other, thinking the same thing – our hoarding was about to pay off!
- 2 pieces of chain, each 14″ long and with the same size / shape links (We used different finishes for each.)
- 1 yard thin leather cord
- 14″ string of beads (Here’s where saving your broken jewelry comes in handy!)
- 1 yard floral wire (We recommend using the same color as the bottom chain of your necklace.)
- 5 large baubles (You guessed it – broken jewelry!)
- 14 small tassels (We cut ours off of the trim we had leftover from the lumbar pillow on our couch.)
- Two pieces of thin grosgrain ribbon, each at least 8″ long (Alternative: a proper jewelry closure.)
- An upholstery needle
- Scissors (having baby and regular sizes was helpful.)
Then you want to connect the strand of beads to the two chains. Here’s how:
- Hold your strand of beads between and on top of the chains.
- Poke your leather cord under the first link of the chain to the right.
- Carry the leather cord over and between the first and second beads.
- Poke the leather cord through top of the second link of the chain to the left of the beads.
- Then repeat for the entire length of the strand.
Now, it is possible that not every space between beads lined up exactly with each link in the chain and you had to skip a few here and there. (This is especially true if you’re working with odd scraps!) If you run into this, you’ll have a few odd kinks that you’ll want to eliminate, so your necklace will lie flat when finished. As you can see, we encountered this ourselves!
But it’s easy to fix! You just add a little piece of reinforcement leather cord wherever you had to skip a link. To be extra safe, we added a reinforcement piece to the link to the right and a piece to the link to the left of any of these places.
For each “missing link situation” you have:
- Cut three pieces of cord (Each of these reinforcement pieces should be 3″ long.)
- Run cord up through the missing link, across the space between the beads and down through the matching link on the other chain.
- Tie in a double knot on the underside of the chain and cut off the excess.
- Repeat this for the links on either side of the one you just did and shape your necklace as you go.
Decide how you want to space your baubles. Then, flip your necklace over and double knot the floral wire to the inside of the bottom chain. (This is where tweezers are your friend.) Trim the excess.
Once your baubles are attached, you’re ready to attach your tassels. You can save a little time (and a lot of sanity) by threading them all at once like we did:
- Use baby scissors to carefully remove each tassel from your trim.
- Thread your upholstery needle with the rest of your floral wire.
- Thread through the top of each tassel.
- Distribute the tassels across the wire, so it looks like garland.
Then cut your “garland” in the middle of each tassel to separate.
Just as you did with the baubles, decide how you want to arrange your tassels. Then, flip your necklace over, and double knot the floral wire to the inside of the bottom chain. Trim the excess.
If you’re going the jewelry closure route, attach it to the ends of your necklace. If you’re being scrappy like us, thread a piece of ribbon through the two end links at one end of your necklace and double knot. Repeat on the other end. Then, just tie the ends together when you’re ready to wear!
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