I'm going to do something a little different with this post. As you might have already guessed from the title, I will be posting 2 things here: a DIY and a (quick) peek at my Sunday outfit from this past weekend. In case some of you are still baffled by my title, allow me to explain. When local shops have sales, instead of stating, "Buy two for the price of one," they have shortened them to slogans like "2 for 1" or "2fer." I'm starting to see why other countries always view Americans as the 'lazy' ones...
Unfortunately, I was sick for most of last week and this past weekend, I haven't felt quite well enough to be inspired to do any outfit posts, but I will try my best to resume them for next week. Believe it or not, sometimes illnesses can be blessings in disguise. For instance, I would have never spent the weekend indoors and doing DIY projects if I hadn't felt under the weather, now would I? And then what would I have shared with all of you?
So, if you want to learn how to make a simple layered chain link necklace or some fun chain link bracelets for stacking, scroll down and keep reading!
- Jump rings
- Measuring tape
- Clasps of your choice
- Fabric of your choice
- Chain color/size of your choice
STEP 1: Acquire all the necessary materials.
Sure, that may sound easy, but until you know exactly how you want your necklace to turn out, this may be more difficult than you think! Do some research (Etsy is a wonderful site to get ideas) and pay attention to the thickness, size, and color of the chains you would like on your necklace.
I knew I wanted thicker chains in rose gold/copper. I was short on time and suddenly had an urge to make a necklace on Sunday so instead of visiting a few different crafty stores around my neighborhood, I went straight to Michael's determined to get everything I needed.
I bought: (1) assorted pack of jump rings & clasps in copper, (1) 30inch chain, and (1) 30 inch mixed metal chain. My total (with a 40% off coupon I pulled up on my iPhone in line for checkout) was about $10. I will try to upload the packaging for the exact ones I bought if I can! I might have thrown them away :( Silly me....I blame that on my cold!
STEP 2: Plan your design & measure.
I knew I wanted a simple, double-layered necklace and some chain link bracelets to stack with my rose gold watch. I laid everything out and made sure I had enough materials. Then, I just picked up the two different chains I purchased and tried them on by wrapping them around my wrists and holding the chains around my neck.
STEP 3: Execute!
Necklace: I took the two chains and made sure, by looking into a mirror, how I wanted them to look. Then, I carefully laid them down on the table and made a mental note of how much I'd have to take off of each chain. Then, with my pliers, I pried open the last ring of each chain and ended up with my desired length.
Then, connect the two chains together at each end with a jump ring. You will need two, one for each end of the chain. Again, pry open each ring and connect them together. Now, you should have the two chains connected together to form one, continuous circle.
At this point, you have some options.
1) connect the two jump rings you just put on with clasps and be done, or
2) weave some fabric into one (or both) of the chains, creating a "Chanel"-inspired chain link.
The possibilites are endless here (i.e. adding charms or beads), but since this is meant to be a SUPER EASY tutorial on a simple chain necklace, I'll stop there.
As you probably noticed in my photo collage above, I weaved in a skinny (approx. 0.25 in wide) piece of black stretchy material into the wider, mixed metal chain links.
The great thing about this tutorial is that you can use these basic steps to customize a necklace to your own liking and based on whatever you have on hand. I did not buy the piece of fabric I used. I actually found it lying around in my stationery cupboard (score!). I'm not 100% positive what it is made of, but I suspect it may have come off of an old swimsuit top. Of course, you can use a piece of leather, lace, ribbon, etc. too.
After I weaved in my mystery fabric in and out of the rings of the chain, I secured it through the jump rings by tying a small knot. Since the material I used was so long, I was able to use it to tie around my neck without the use of any clasp. However, if you would like to use a clasp, you can do that after you tie the knot and that would work just as well!
Bracelet: The concept behind making a bracelet is too similar to making a necklace, so I won't go into detail explaining it. However, if you have any questions about it, feel free to shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment!
STEP 4: Enjoy your handmade creation!
|This photo doesn't quite allow you to see the copper links in the bottom necklace, |
but the combination of the copper and antique gold links
paired with the copper chain above it is really lovely.
|My lazy Sunday look, in a nutshell. |
Hot tea, Steve Madden 'Chainge' sandals, HK for F21 cardy, white tank, thick black leggings,
& some beauty essentials.
Have you done any fun Do-It-Yourself projects lately? Share them with me in the comments below! Why buy when you can DIY, right?
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