I love wearing long necklaces but I don’t have many so when I was last visiting my local beading shop (heaven!) I decided to grab a few charms for a new necklace. One afternoon last week when I was feeling like I had made nothing for days and was itching to get creative, this was the perfect project. It only took half and hour or so but I love it – and have been receiving lots of comments as I wear it this week.
How to make your own
I started with a long silver chain with links about 5mm long. The chain itself started at about 95cm. My charms are all sewing or craft related apart from the birdcage which I just loved. I bought all my beads and fixings at Danish Flower Art outside Toowoomba. If you ever get a chance to visit it is the most amazing bead store I have ever found. I chose blue and green beads as they will go with almost every outfit I wear but you could easily use any colours and charms that suit your personality.
What You Need
- Silver chain – about 95cm long with 5mm links
- 6 eye pins – mine are about 4cm
- 6 blue beads – mine are crystal faceted rondelles about 5mm size
- 4 green beads
- 7 silver round beads – about 2mm
- 6 charms – button, needle, sewing machine, scissors, tape measure, bird cage
- Jump rings
What To Do
Start with the long chain. Decide how long you want it on yourself then join at that length with a jump ring. Leave about 5cm of chain dangling from both ends after the jump ring and remove the rest. (In my case I had a long chain already joined into a necklace so I separated a link to create two ends then joined with a jump ring about 5cm from the ends.)
Take your 6 straight eye pins and add beads to them. I mixed these up a little – some have two, some have three large beads, some have small silver round beads between the bigger beads.
Then attach the straight pins to your chains.
One of my charms could be attached at both the top and bottom so I put an eye pin above and one below it then attached the whole thing to the necklace.
One of my charms hangs on the bottom of an eye pin. I attached it with a jump ring.
The others are attached to the joining ring or to spots on the chains.
Finally, add the remaining charms with jump rings to the chains.
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Isn’t Danish Flower Art the most amazing place to visit. It’s hard to leave there without buying more beads 🙂