Inspiration for this necklace came from Express. As I was browsing through their website the other day I came across this necklace and though it was SUPER cute. It looks really simple to make, so I decided to take it on and make my own instead of paying $26.90 for this one. Mine is a little different - I only used two kinds of chain to make it - black and silver.
60" of Black Chain
46" of Silver Chain
Silver or Black Jump Rings
Lobster Claw Closure
Step 1: Measure out the lengths of the two chains. Since I used what I had, that is why my measurements for both chains are different. I had 60" of the black chain and 46" of the silver chain.
Step 2: Divide the chains into equal parts:
The black chain: 8 pieces of chain 7.5" long
The silver chain: 6 pieces of chain 7.5" long
**Use your bead pliers to break up the chain. This is the most tedious part of the whole project.**
Step 3: Once all the pieces of chain have been established, it is time to start clasping them together. Open a jump ring using your bead pliers.
Step 4: Starting with a black chain hook one end onto the jump ring. Then fold the chain so it displays three equal pieces and put the middle of the fold onto the jump ring. You should have two small links on the jump ring and the chain should dangle in three equal pieces.
Step 5: Take another jump ring and secure the bottom pieces of the black dangling chains. Once again, there should be two links on the jump ring letting the chain lay in three equal length pieces.
Step 6: One the same jump ring, hook a silver piece of chain onto it. This will hang on the bottom while the black will serve as the top.
Step 7: Repeat steps 4-6 for all the black and silver chains. I had one piece of 7.5" long chain left over - if you want your necklace to be longer, add it to the back to add extra length. You should have 7 black chains and 6 silver chains linked together.
Step 8: On the last black chain, hook a lobster claw closer on the jump ring. This will serve as your closing device.
**Another option if you do not have a lobster claw: Hook the last black chain onto the jump ring of the 1st black chain making a complete circle. Then you can slip the necklace over your head to put on and take off.**
Now you have an Express mixed chain look-alike necklace. I love it! I am wearing it as we speak!!
yes these pictures are at work...shh
This cost me a total of $6.00. I save $20.00 making my own...LOVE IT!