I just love a good necklace — I have tons of them. Lately I’ve been seeing these really intricate silver ones, and I wanted to try it out. Mood Fabrics has a ton of chain, crystal, and brooches to choose from. Here’s my latest one.
SUPPLIES: glue, finder (lobster clasp not pictured here), a couple of pairs of pliers, assorted chain and crystals, needle and elastic (or clear) cord, and a brooch.
1. Play around with the chain and figure out what layout you want. Then, cut it to your desired length.
2. Where I could, I used the “rings” from the chain to attach each section to the next. Here, I exposed a ring on either side, opened it up with the pliers, and attached it to the other chain.
3. I find that I can “sew” two layers together with better ease, if I glue them together first. So, I laid my chain down, inserted a little glue between the seams, and let it dry for about 45 mins.
4. After glue is dry, stitch the pieces together. Feel free to burn the ends (or add a little glue) for extra hold.
5. Lastly, add the finder and lobster clasp, and you’re all set.
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