This technique could also be adapted for a bracelet.
Step 1: You'll Need...
• A thin cardboard box, such as a cereal box, cracker box, toothpaste box, or pasta box
• Decorative paper: this can be fancy paper, junk mail, a page from an old magazine, wrapping paper, or even just plain paper
• Podge or something else to seal the discs, such as acrylic gel medium
• Jewelry findings (jump rings and a clasp)
• A T-pin for poking holes for the jump rings (a very small awl or large needle would also work)
• A compass, or round things of various sizes to trace
• A paintbrush for the podge
• A pencil
• Plastic wrap to catch the extra podge
Step 2: Making the Discs
When I reached the smallest size of circle, I laid out all the discs and measured the length, to see if it would fit around my neck.
It wasn't long enough, so I made more circles of the smallest size until I was happy with the length.
Step 3: Decorating the Discs
Starting on the back of the discs (what was the inside of the box), wrap the strip around the disc until you are happy with the pattern.
Step 4: Sealing the First Side
To help keep the strips down, make sure to get some podge under the strips as well as all over the top.
Step 5: Sealing the Back of the Discs
Either way, the back needs to be podged, the same way the front was. If you want it to be a reversible necklace, you can cut paper circles that match the size of the discs and place them over the podge. Then it needs one more coat to seal over this paper.
When the back is dry, give the edges a podging too. If you've been fairly messy, they may already be coated, but it's still a good idea to cover them.
Step 6: Stabbing Holes in the Discs
I jabbed the discs on an old, papery raspberry container, but there are many other things you could use, such as a sponge, or a magazine. Anything that you can put tiny holes in would work, not the hardwood floor or an heirloom table.
Step 7: Joining the Discs
Once you've opened your jump ring, thread the largest disc on. This will be the centre of your necklace. Then add one of the next largest discs. The two sides with the same pattern should face each other. Close the jump ring.
Add the other disc on the other side of the large disc in the same way. Continue building your necklace on both sides, using smaller and smaller discs.