As a jewelry maker, I am constantly checking out the jewelry at department stores and boutiques for inspiration and current trends. When winter and fall comes, so does big statement jewelry. The kind of pieces that you wear to Christmas parties with your favorite black cocktail dress. This year, I have noticed that there are a lot of multiple chain necklaces and necklaces that end with ribbons and I just couldn’t resist the urge to create one myself. If you have a lot of leftover chain pieces this is a great way to use them up.
Items needed for this project:
- Chain, lots of chain. You can use all the same color and style or mix and match. I have seen ones that are in all antique brass, but with several different styles. I have also seen ones with all one style, but all different platings. For my necklace I used a variety of gunmetal and silver-plated chains, plus one strand of rhinestone chain for a little extra “wow” factor. Get creative with it!
- Large connector rings. I used 32mm gunmetal rings.
- Satin Ribbon. Get this at the craft store. I like the nicer ribbon that you buy by the yard.
- Hypo Fabric Cement or fabric glue, to keep the ends of the ribbon from fraying.
- Jump rings, for the chain that has links which too small to open and close around the connector ring.
- Chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, semi-flush cutter and scissors.
How to create it:
Well there you have it! If I had to rate this project on a scales of difficulty I would give it intermediate. It was a little tricky to keep my chains straight. If you do re-create a necklace like this with lots o’ chain, remember to be careful when storing it. I recommend hanging it so as to not get all the chain tangled.
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