Making your own necklaces from bulk chain, jump rings, and lobster clasps can be a great way to save money when you want to make multiples of the same or similar items. My favorite style of chain for this is our 2.1mm cable chain. It is fairly inexpensive, hangs nicely, and is great for adding charms to. And recently I have noticed a trend where charms are placed on lobster clasps, making them interchangeable! You can mix and match different charms and other adornments.
Step 1: Make your own necklace blanks
To get started on this project, the first thing you want to do is make the chain necklaces. This is very easy! You need only three items, plus a basic tool kit that contains wire cutters and chain nose pliers.
Making your own chain necklace blanks is a great way to make several necklaces economically. Given current prices of the items I used, you could buy one spool of chain (#40-099-013-3) for around $24, a package of 72 silver plated lobster clasp (#39-243-3) for about $14, and an ounce of silver plated jump rings (#37-145-3) for about $6. This is a total of $44 – with that amount you can make about twenty 18-20 inch necklaces. That means each necklace costs you only around $2.20 a piece, and you will have 50 leftover lobster clasp and tons of extra jump rings! Which work great for the next part of this project!
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Step 2: Make interchangeable charms with lobster clasps
Now you can use all those left over jump rings and lobster clasps to make interchangeable charms to put on your necklace. The benefit of using lobster clasps to add the charms is that the end user is able to change the charms without any tools or jewelry making skills.
It is really easy to make interchangeable charms for your necklace blanks. You simply need to attach each charm and crystal to a jump ring and then to a lobster clasp.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this blog! Lobster clasps are a great way to make jewelry that the end user can customize and change to match their mood or their outfit! And these designs would be great in all the different platings, so don’t feel like you have to stick to a silver finish. They would look great in antique brass, antique copper or a gold tone. Or if you are really daring, mix metal finishes!
Keep on creating!