Simple Recycled Ruler & Hardware Necklace




About: I am an artist who creates assemblage art and jewelry with recycled, vintage and rescued materials. An avid recycler and "dumpster diver", I love to find beautiful, old, interesting treasures to make new pie...

I'm an artist who works primarily with found objects and recycled materials to create assemblage art and jewelry.

This necklace is one of my popular items and really quite simple to make.

Step 1: Materials, Supplies & Tools Needed


A narrow wooden ruler (the folding kind is usually a good width) that you are willing to cut into pieces

5 washers, nuts or other hardware

18 inch length of medium link chain

10 sturdy 8mm jump rings

2 sturdy 6mm jump rings

1 clasp

Supplies & tools:

A saw (not pictured)

A drill fitted with a 1/16" drill bit


2 small pliers

Ruler for measuring (optional)

Step 2: Cut the Ruler

Use the saw to cut five 1-inch pieces of the ruler.

Cut along the half-inch lines so that the printed numbers are clearly visible in the center of of each piece.

Step 3: Sand the Cut Edges

Use the sandpaper to smooth the cut edges of the ruler pieces and to round off the corners slightly.

Step 4: Drill Holes in the Ruler Pieces

Drill 1/16 inch holes centered at each end of the 5 ruler pieces, about 1/16 of an inch from the cut edge.

Step 5: Attach Hardware

Using the 8mm jump rings, attach a piece of hardware (washer, nut) to one end of each ruler piece.

Note: The best way to open and close jump rings is to hold it with 2 pliers (one in each hand) and twist slightly, as seen in jessyratfink's Instructable:

Step 6: Attach Pieces to Chain

Using an 8mm jump ring, attach one of the ruler/hardware pieces to the center link of the the length of chain.

Using the 8mm jump rings, attach the other 4 pieces to the chain (2 pieces on the left of the center piece and 2 pieces on right) at equal distances from each other so they'll hang nicely.

Step 7: Attach Clasp

Attach the clasp to one end of the chain using a 6mm jump ring.

Attach the other 6mm jump ring to the other end of the chain.

Step 8: Done



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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I would never have thought I'd be drawn to something with rulers in it, but this is really quite eye catching!

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I love the look of rulers, too. It can also be made with a metal ruler--just need slightly different tools to cut and file the pieces.


    3 years ago

    I think this is a great idea. love how it turned out. thanks for sharing

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