To solve this predicament, I started making my own ‘inspired by’ jewellery and added my own flair. Obviously this doesn’t make them Period, but that isn’t my aim in this case. This tutorial involves some (very) basic knowledge of jewellery making and a fair bit of patience, but it’s well worth the end result.
In this tutorial, I’ve used the findings I have in my beading kit. Obviously if you’re after a different look or have allergies to certain metals or minerals, substitute the findings out for something that’s more appropriate.
Tools you will need:
- Round nose beading pliers
- Flat beading pliers
- Cutting pliers
- Beading board (Optional)
Materials you will need:
- Jump rings
- Eye pins
- Parrot clasp
- Feature piece (in this instance, a key)
- 2 smaller additions
- 2 colours of beads to suit
Step 1: Step 1 - Measure once...
Step 2: Step 2 - Planning your necklace
You will also need to arrange two identical lines of beads that each measure roughly ¼ of the total length of your necklace.
Step 3: Step 3 - Bringing it together
Protip: Making sure you get a tight close on your end loops is important as this stops your necklace from coming apart as you make/wear it. Getting even loops on the ends of the eye pins is good, but not essential.
Step 4: Step 4 - The other half
Step 5: Step 5 - Finished lines
You should, at this point, have two short strands and two long strands of beads. The two long strands should have a lobster clasp or a jump ring at one end.
Step 6: Step 6 - Adding the feature
From there, connect the FREE ends of your longer bead strands (the ends without the clasp or ring on them) to the jump rings. One for each side, obviously.
Congratulations! You have the start of a necklace! Some people may be inclined to leave the work just the way it is, but we’re going to add those two extra strands and the other charm for a bit of extra special sparkle in the next step.
Step 7: Step 7 - Adding the strands
We’re going to attach one end of the smaller strands to each of the jump rings we just put on the key charm (the same ones the main necklace is attached to), though we’re going to attach them UNDER the other chain. This could mean either in front or behind, or even below, depending on what your charm looks like. What matters at the end of the day is that you attach your strands in the same position on each loop.
In my case, I’m attaching them in front of the other loops because I find it easier to work with that way.
Step 8: Step 8 - Finishing
On the eye pin connection BETWEEN the second bead and the third bead in, attach a jump ring.
You will also need to attach a jump ring on the free end of the short length.
Using these two jump rings, connect them to the secondary charm in the same way you connected the first – one ring on each side.
Repeat this for the other side of the necklace.
Step 9: Complete!
Well done. I knew you could do it.
Now all that's left is to put on your creation and admire it. Even get other people to admire it. Wear it with a dress. Wear it with a corset. Wear it with nothing at all (okay, that's a bit much), but most of all, enjoy it.
I'd LOVE to see what people can make with this little tutorial.
For more necklaces like this (and the original until sold), check out my Etsy store.