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Icy Fringe Necklace

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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.

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Materials

  • gilded curb chain
  • silver lobster clasp
  • crystal bugle beads
  • silver head pins
  • jump rings
  • icy blue thread
  • gem-tac glue
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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.

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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.

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Measure six inches of chain.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cut the chain again at the 18 inch mark.

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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.

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Cut approximately 1 yard of floss.

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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.

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Pull the floss through the links, almost to the end. Tie a triple knot, lashing the chains together.

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Dab the knot with a little glue to secure. Cut off any excess floss.

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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.

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Continue this weaving pattern. We find it easier to hold the chains up together while threading the floss back and forth.

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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.

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Tie an overhand knot or one that you think will hold up over time! Pull tight.

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Secure with a dab of glue. Cut off any excess floss.

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You should see your necklace starting to take shape. Grab your jump rings and lobster clasp.

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Take a jump ring and secure it on one end of the 18" chain.

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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.

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Thread a headpin through a bugle bead and bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.

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Repeat for every wire and bugle bead.

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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.

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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.

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Repeat this for all of the beads.

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Starting on the second link in, on the 6" chain, take a bugle bead and loop it through.

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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.

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Repeat until you reach the second to last link on the other side.

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Admire your Icy Fringe necklace, the perfect complement to your holiday cocktail dress!

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You can also use the same materials to create threaded bracelets and more! Be sure to share what you make, #forthemakers.

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darknoonthirty

almost 5 years ago

@forthemakers everything really, if its not 18k gold or higher, hight grade surgical steel, titanium, or platnium she has a problem. Shes gotten better lately and doesn't react as much if its not really cheap metal or has some kind of coating on it or a good plating. Shes tried the bracelet for a few minutes and she doesnt feel anything but we were curious none the less.

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ForTheMakers

almost 5 years ago

Hi @darknoonthirty the chain is goldtone plated steel. Which means it could have a few metals melted together for the plating. What is she allergic to specifically?

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jketchum

almost 5 years ago

The beads slid thru the pin and a few fell off- adding a drop of glue at the bottom to see if that makes a difference. Bigger pinheads would have made a difference

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staciebrown

about 5 years ago

beautiful! are you going to provide instructions on making the bracelets pictured here?

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ForTheMakers

about 5 years ago

Hi @staciebrown - we'll be adding a post about the bracelets on The Source next week! They are pretty simple to make using the same weaving technique we use here by lashing the chains together with embroidery floss. Add a few jump rings at the end with a clasp and you're all set! Just make sure to measure your wrist for fit before cutting the chain to size. Average length for bracelets run about 7.5"

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Fraservc

about 5 years ago

The hole through most of the bugle beads is wider than the head on my pins!

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rdallis

about 5 years ago

Any tips for cutting the chain? I can't get it to cut at all. Thanks!

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ForTheMakers

about 5 years ago

@rdallis make sure you are trying to cut along the split line. Are you using good sturdy clippers? Try getting your clippers in there just a bit then flexing them left to right to pry open the chain. Then go in further and repeat until you pry it open enough to remove the link.

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ForTheMakers

about 5 years ago

@fraservc. There might be a few that do that but it shouldn't be all of them! Shoot us an email ACCOUNTS at FORTHEMAKERS dot COM and we can send you some replacements if needed. You could also try a small seed bead from the Mercury Initial materials and use it at the end before putting on the bugle bead.

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jmccormick123

almost 5 years ago

I'm not a big fan of this necklace so I'm going to use my supplies to make a bracelet or two instead. The chain is definitely pretty study, I'm glad for the tips on cutting it- we'll see how that goes.

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jmccormick123

almost 5 years ago

So I have been working on prying open a link for about 15 minutes. I have study tools, cut along the split line as instructed, and tried several different techniques to widen it (including the suggested one.) All I have to show is a slightly wider (but not big enough) opening and really sore hands.

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jmccormick123

almost 5 years ago

Figured out how to widen the link after cutting- take a small screwdriver and put the head inside the opening. Twist and it should open wider.

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StaceyWynne

almost 5 years ago

Might I make a suggestion? Perhaps for more challenging pieces like this, a video tutorial showing the techniques might be helpful for people who don't regularly make jewelry...

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adriannees

almost 5 years ago

I was really impressed with the quality of the chain in this box - super nice! (makes it harder to cut but that is the tradeoff!) - cannot wait to make the projects! I'm so excited about this box :)

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LaurenS

almost 5 years ago

In order to keep the bugle beads from slipping off the pins, I took the craft glue and put a dot on the end. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this project.

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mcmurphyl

almost 5 years ago

I can't believe I actually made this necklace. I've only started making jewelry since I joined the makers for a monthly delivery. It turned out beautiful. I also added a dab of clear nail polish to the ends of the bugle beads to avoid losing any that might slip off the pin. I look forward to my box every month. I especially like the little extras like the little box you used for the sequin mix. Adorable!

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ForTheMakers

almost 5 years ago

Great suggestion, @laurens!

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ForTheMakers

almost 5 years ago

So happy to hear that @mcmurphyl - Thank you for letting us know. I'm sure your necklace turned out amazing! Enjoy!

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dkbeutner

almost 5 years ago

The links on the chain were tough to cut through. I found that I needed to find the split in the link and use the tip of cutter to open it slightly. Then I kept putting that open spot on the link further into the cutter and squeeze and it would pry the link open a little further each time.

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elysehp

almost 5 years ago

What size are the pins for the beads? I used the wrong tool to loop them around the change and don't like the way it looks. If you bend the pins to much they break so I would like to buy more so I can acutally have a nice looking necklace. Thanks.

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craftylady

almost 5 years ago

I appreciate having a task that takes some doing instead of "a throw together". The necklace is of some substance, not a cheap chain with just a charm attached. Please keep fashionable, interesting projects headed our way.

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ForTheMakers

almost 5 years ago

@elysehp we would suggest buying 2-3" pins. This length will give you plenty of room to make the top loop!

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darknoonthirty

almost 5 years ago

what metal is the chain? i absolutely love it but my mom is allergic to a lot of metals so i dont want to let her borrow my (amazing) bracelet until we know what it is.

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rwoods01

almost 5 years ago

I finally got around to making this today and discovered I'm having the same problem as some others - the pinheads are too small and I'm losing beads left and right. Too bad as I think this would've been a different piece for my collection. This would've been such an easy problem to fix and I'm disappointed that it wasn't. That said, I do love the monthly projects in this box and I hope the generally good quality is kept up.