Wednesday, January 18, 2012

diy {asymmetrical necklace}

I was at a store the other day that just happened to have a huge clearance on beads. We're talking 80% off kind of clearance. I checked with an employee to see if I was reading the sign right and then I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Once I confirmed that this was indeed real life I grabbed a basket and started sorting through the selection. I got some great deals and picked up an assortment of beads that I normally wouldn't have picked up at full price. 

Once we came home and I tucked my daughter in bed for the night I started thinking about what I could make with my new collection of pretty beads. I decided to make some necklaces in a fun asymmetrical style. These are very easy to make and I love how they look so unique. Once I made one I couldn't help but make a few more because they are so lovely! Here is how to make your own...

What you'll need
- nose ring plyers
- wire cutter
- beads/buttons
- eye pins
- chain
- jump rings (4mm and 7mm)
- lobster clasp

Take a bead and slide it on to the eye pin. If you have excess wire, cut it off with the wire cutter.
I left about 1/3 inch of wire to make my loop
Grab the end of the wire with your needle nose pliers and start rolling towards the bead until the end of the wire meets the other end and forms a loop.
It should look like this
Repeat this step with another bead. Join it to the first bead before you close off the loop.
Repeat until you have the desired amount of beads connected together. In this case I used six.
On one end of the beads I attached a vintage button using a 7mm jump ring
(Tip- never open a jump ring by pulling the ends apart. Instead, pull one end towards you and the other away from you. Push the ends back together to close)
Attach equal parts of chain to either side of the necklace. (I used a 4mm jump ring to connect to the pearl and a 7mm jump ring to connect to the button)
The length is up to you but I used about 7 1/2 inches of chain on either side.
Now just attach a lobster clasp and jump ring to the ends of the necklace and you're good to go!
Voila!
Here are some of the other necklaces I made...





20 comments:

  1. i love these! i am a new subscriber and i have loved all your stuff so far! thanks for sharing such fun ideas! Also, i was wondering where do you get your jewelry supplies?? i was good quality stuff that won't tarnish or break easy and have no idea where to go?? seems the only thing si knoew of are from the local craft stores and not made well... can you recommend anything?? i'd lvoe to make gifts for family and friends!! =) TIA for any help! love your site!! =)

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    1. Hi Cheryl,
      I really like the bead selection at Michaels. For chain and hardware I like to go to a local shop in Redlands, CA called A Rolling Stone. Usually little local shops have good quality stuff so check if there's any in your area.
      Cheers!

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  2. I've been looking to make something just like this but didn't know how! I'm new at making jewelry but have so far really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting this! I plan on making them next!:)

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  3. Where did you get your linen busts? Very cute necklaces too :)

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  4. Where did you get the linen busts from? They are very cute, and so are the necklaces :)
    Thanks!

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    1. I found them at Michaels for $10 and used a 40% off coupon. Pretty good deal!

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  5. Are you going to sell these necklaces in your shop? They look cute and are probably easy to make, but I know that your proceeds from your shop are going to India right now! :)

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  6. I love these pretty little treasures, so fun!

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  7. I love them!! they are so pretty. :) But I don't think I have the skill to curve each loop into perfection.

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  8. Hi! I think what you are doing is just amazing! I love almost all !!! %)

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  9. Great job. Very original one of a kind pieces.

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  10. Love your designs! Come visit our store/website. bergerbeads.com

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  11. Love your designs! Come visit our store/website. bergerbeads.net

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  12. Pretty and simple!! I love creating and seeing other people's work. Sometimes all you need is a few pretty beads!! I look for the sales too and try to buy only when things are on sale or if I have a good coupon. I also have the added bonus of using my daughter's associate discount, she works at JoAnns!!

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  13. Are you going to sell these on your Etsy shop? I just want to buy them, not make them. :)

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  14. These are beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  15. How do you make sure the weight of the necklace is balanced? I tried making a similar design and the larger charm feel down towards the center as I wore it throughout the day. Any ideas? Is there a "no-slip" something or other I could wrap around the chain by the clasp? Thanks for your help!

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  16. I am making those to put in our up-coming garage sale! All of the profits will go towards the ADA (American Diabetes Association).

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  17. Love your necklaces! Also love your website. Can you tell me who does this kind of website?

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