Icy Fringe Necklace
This DIY gold and silver fringe necklace adds the perfect dose of drama to any cocktail party outfit. Wear it with a plunging neckline or a high-collar for varying visual effects.
- gilded curb chain
- silver lobster clasp
- crystal bugle beads
- silver head pins
- jump rings
- icy blue thread
- gem-tac glue
Collect your tools and materials. You'll need a ruler, the chain, string, silver headpins, glass bugle beads, pliers, scissors, two jump rings and a lobster clasp.
Open the jump ring connecting the chain. Use chain nose pliers, pulling north to south to open the ring. This motion keeps the jump ring's shape.
Measure six inches of chain.
Use semi-flush cutters to cut the chain open. This is thick chain so the trick is to apply pressure right where the chain was been split.
Wiggle your pliers back and forth forcing the chain open. Keep cutting further in until you can open the link enough to remove it from the chain.
With the remaining chain, measure 18 inches. If you would like your necklace longer than this leave the whole chain in tact, without cutting again.
Cut the chain again at the 18 inch mark.
Now you should have two pieces of chain, a 6'" and 18" chain. Place the 6" chain in the center of the 18" chain, so you have equal amount of chain from the 18" segment on either side of the 6" chain.
Cut approximately 1 yard of floss.
Thread the floss through the needle. Put your needle through the first link on the 6" chain and the corresponding link from the 18'' chain.
Pull the floss through the links, almost to the end. Tie a triple knot, lashing the chains together.
Dab the knot with a little glue to secure. Cut off any excess floss.
Start lashing the two chains together. The motion you'll use is up though one link down through the other, then move onto the next.
Continue this weaving pattern. We find it easier to hold the chains up together while threading the floss back and forth.
When you reach the end of the 6" chain, thread a final loop through the next link on the 18" chain and secure with a knot.
Tie an overhand knot or one that you think will hold up over time! Pull tight.
Secure with a dab of glue. Cut off any excess floss.
You should see your necklace starting to take shape. Grab your jump rings and lobster clasp.
Take a jump ring and secure it on one end of the 18" chain.
Loop the lobster clasp through the jump ring. Repeat the process for adding the jump ring to the other side of the chain and secure.
Thread a headpin through a bugle bead and bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.
Repeat for every wire and bugle bead.
Use your round nose plier to help you bend the part of the headpin sticking out of the bugle bead. Clasp the headpin with the pliers at a perpendicular angle. Start bending the wire in towards the bugle bead. You'll want to have the headpin wire about 5mm down from the tip of the pliers so that the loop you create is large enough.
With your finger, pull the wire all the way around the pliers until it forms a nice round loop. Then you'll need to lift one side of the loop up to make an opening.
Repeat this for all of the beads.
Starting on the second link in, on the 6" chain, take a bugle bead and loop it through.
Use the semi-flush cutters to clip of excess wire, right where it will meet the loop. Pull the wire down to meet the loop with your chain nose pliers.
Repeat until you reach the second to last link on the other side.
Admire your Icy Fringe necklace, the perfect complement to your holiday cocktail dress!
You can also use the same materials to create threaded bracelets and more! Be sure to share what you make, #forthemakers.