So much chain....so little time; and that's why I was oh so excited to mix, match, and play with loads of it last week at Mood. Gone are the days where you're only allowed to wear one metal at a time. Throw caution to the wind and try this rocker chic favorite. It's fun. It's functional....and it definitely stands out! Tell me how you'd pair it.SUPPLIES: Assortment of metal chain, closure, safety pins, spikes, needle and thread, needle nose pliers, and wire cutters.
HOW-TO: 1. Use wire cutters to make a break in the clasp; being careful not to do so at the bottom of the loop so as not to have chains slip off. Then pry the ring open with your pliers. 2. Chains are easy to attach to the master ring, but the crystalized chain requires as extra step. So, use a matching thread to stitch together the ends of the crystalized chains. 3. Add a safety to ends of the chains you have with no rings. Remember, you'll cut all your chain the same length; taking into account those chains that have safety pins. 4. Take a single strand of the pink chain and add 7 equally spaced spikes. (Note: Feel free to add a dab of glue inside the spike's end cap if you feel you need extra security). 5. Add all of your chains to one side of the closure ring. (Note: Its easy to get the chains a little jumbled, so I laid them out to keep them all organized. 6. Collect the group of chains, add them to the second closure ring on the opposite side, and give the group a twist. Keep the pink chain with studs and the two strands of black chain, separate. 7. Keeping the single pink strand with studs and the black chain straight (no twist here), add them also to the closure ring on the opposite side and close the second ring.
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.