As an avid crafter, I’m always looking for new ways to use up leftover materials from past projects. Those remnants can really pile up over time, but there’s no way I could ever just toss them, so what do I do? Craft some more, of course! This particular tutorial focuses on mixing different types of chain to create a bold necklace. If you have more shorter strands than long ones, don’t be afraid to attach miscellaneous leftovers with tiny jump rings. This will add even more texture and personality to your stash-busting necklace.
– Chain, lots of it! Varying styles/widths/finishes
– 3-in-1 pliers
– Large jewelry clasp
– Jump rings (12mm)
1. Trim 8-10 strands of chain measuring at least 20 inches (50.8 centimeters) each. You can use jump rings to attach shorter lengths of chain to achieve 20 inches for each strand.
2. With the pliers, open up one jump ring. Attach all of the chain strands.
3. Attach a clasp and close the jump ring.
4. Gather the chain and tie a knot. Make sure the knot is in the center before pulling taut.
5. Use scissors or pliers to trim the ends so that the strands of chain are even. Attach a second jump ring.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try incorporating a strand of ribbon, thread or fabric alongside the chains. I’d love to try this out with remnants of leather or beaded chain, too!
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez