Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Crystal Chain Necklace

I have a habit of venturing into things unknown and I constantly have newer whims..this time it was hand-made jewelery! I had never tried to make any jewelery earlier, though I bought a mountain load of them...so when I did try, I came up with this charming necklace:

Made totally from frugal items that you can lay your hands on at any craft store, this pretty necklace is going to be one of my favorite accessories to jazz up a plain shirt! The crystals sparkle and the pictures do not do any justice to the real way they glow, but I think you get the idea!

Making this was super duper easy, and all those jewelery making pros out there could do this in like 15- 20 minutes! You will need:
 Simple silver chain strands (mine were around 20 inches long)..I bought mine at the local store some time ago, just as a whim, as they were quite cheap!

A  crystal strand...if you don't get this straightaway, you can easily make it on your own by linking crystals of the color of your liking with hoop rings. I salvaged mine from another old jewelery piece!
A metal clasp or hook (optional if you don't want one!)
Jewelery pliers

Now for the fun! Decide how many chain strands you want to include in the necklace. I chose 5 silver strands and a crystal strand, making a total of 6 strands. Take the silver chain strands, cut the lengths of each one from longer to shorter and spread them neatly. I wanted my necklace to be on the longer side (the longest strand being around 32 inches long, that is, 16 inches when worn). Decide the length you want for the necklace, and keep in mind that it will be halved when you wear it. Next, I cut 12 silver strands, 7 inches each. Take your crystal strand in the desired length and link it with 6 of these short silver strands on both sides with the help of metal hoop rings. Confused? It is very easy , actually:

There, your crystal strand is now ready to be joined with the 5 long silver strands. Secure with metal hoop ring on both ends. Now link a metal clasp or hook on one of the ends. If you do not want a metal clasp, simply join both metal rings and press firmly with your plier.

 There you go, your necklace is now ready!
This beauty will glam-up any plain tank tops or shirts of yours! Go for it, ladies!
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17 comments:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sonia, you really created a beautiful piece here! I can see it going nicely with a dress-up outfit, too!

Laura said...

This is beautiful. I love making jewerly and might have to try this! Great job.

Sarah said...

Beautiful!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

This is very pretty. Thanks for sharing the details.

Amanda K said...

Very cute idea! It is darling!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That is really pretty! SOmetimes I wish I wore more jewelry~ This is something I would wear!!! Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. I hope to see you back next week!

farah said...

very beautiful this does not look like the work of a first timer. well done and keep doing

Lori said...

Sonia,
This necklace is to die for. You did a great job...

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. at Life As Lori

Please join me next week for another great party!

The Smith Family said...

I love this! Cute, cute , cute!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Shelley Smith
houseofsmiths.blogspot.com

Jennifer Juniper said...

I'm into making jewelry too. Great job :)

Reid said...

Love it! Great job!

jenjen said...

So pretty! I love it!!!

Thanks for linking this up. adorable!

XOXO
Jen

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

You are so clever! Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

Andrea said...

I love it! Feel free to link up sometime to Make it Wear it.
Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

The Bell Family said...

This is really gorgeous! I would love to try my hand at more jewelry making. Thanks for the inspiration!

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

This is REALLY beautiful!

Sophia Luksana said...

Hey Sonia, That's a very beautiful necklace. I have tons of jewelry at home, mostly bought. I will definitely try to do this one myself! I love doing craft projects and posted on www.makemania.com Take a look at cool craft ideas and don't forget to promote your craft projects!

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