Introduction: How to Make a Stylish Necklace Using Everyday Items

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It is always fun to make your own accessories. This necklace is simple and stylish and you can easily make it from things you probably already have at home. It also makes the perfect gift for the incoming season.

Step 1: What You Need

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To make this necklace you will need:

1 piece of electric cord
1 piece of wire
1 pearl
Black paint (optional) + and brush
Hot melt glue (or other kind of glue)
A pair of scissors
A pair of nippers
Some nice yarn



Step 2: Getting Started

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Put piece of cord around your neck to figure out how much you need. Add 2 cm and cut.
Cut the piece of wire. It should be double the length of cord +10cm.

Step 3: Cleaning the Cords

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Using pair of scissors, cut plastic 3 cm from edge of cord. Grasp the inner cords one by one with pair of nippers and gently pull them out. If the inner cord are stuck some flexing of the cord will loosen them up.

Cut a piece of brown cord 12cm. Remove plastic 1cm from edge. Use pair of nippers again to remove copper threads inside. Start by pulling a few threads, and gradually increase the number of threads.

Step 4: Making a Lock

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The lock of this necklace is a really simple one. Thread brown empty piece of cord onto the wire. It shoud be placed in the middle. Fold wire with brown piece forming a loop. Insert the two ends of wire into the empty (white) cord. Pull until the loop is right size for the pearl.
Thread the pearl onto the two ends of wire. Attach as shown.

Step 5: Adding Some Finish to the Ends.

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Using hot melt glue, fill the openings of the cord. Make a small edge using hot melt glue.
Paint ends using black paint.

Step 6: Time for the Yarn.

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Any kind of yarn will probably do fine. In this necklace I used linen and wool which gives it a nice and natural feeling.

Attach the end of first color close to the end of cord using a small dab of hot melt glue. Start spinning. Use a small dab of hot melt glue every 2cm or so.

When (and if) you want to change yarns you can let the first yarn stay under the second one, attached with you know what - hot melt glue!
The new yarn also needs to be firmly attached to cord.

Finish by attaching last end of yarn with hot melt glue.

Step 7: Finished!

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So there you go. Finished at last.

I have made these using different kinds of wool, linen and cotton. I think any kind of yarn, even synthetics would do fine.

If you make one I would be happy to see the result.

Comments

Lavoz24 (author)2016-03-28

Nice ible. My aunt used to make these but she would sew brown empty wire and the copper beaded wire into the white base wire. "I don't like to see the glue strings or have a blob of glue at the ends." She would say. Thanks for sharing some of your incredible knowledge with us.

Lavoz24 (author)2016-03-28

Nice ible. My aunt used to make these but she would sew brown empty wire and the copper beaded wire into the white base wire. "I don't like to see the glue strings or have a blob of glue at the ends." She would say. Thanks for sharing some of your incredible knowledge with us.

$ NAB $ (author)2008-11-03

Check out mine. I've named it Obama & Mc Cain.

brainwise (author)2008-11-01

Kudos! Excellent use of materials, and the instructions are well done as well.

$ NAB $ (author)2008-10-31

I love the simplicity of this necklace.I'll go and make one right now.

watermelonhead (author)2008-10-31

nice! this is cool.

mikeasaurus (author)2008-10-31

pretty cool result. I've used a similar method using copper wire and beads, it's pretty cool how you can bend the necklace to fit around the contours of your clavicle. I like the yard that you've used in yours, some solid earth tones. I love how simple it is!

jessyratfink (author)2008-10-31

What a neat idea! I really like the end result, too. I'd love to do one in blue and green.

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