Delightfully DIY Necklace

February 15th, 2013

We are so excited to introduce you to our new friend Emily of Delightfully DIY. We stumbled across her site one day and said, this girl is great! Her site offers great tutorials on how to create jewelry, artwork, unique crafts and more. That’s when we asked her to be our first EVER guest blogger! We hope you will tackle this DIY necklace tutorial because this necklace is so chic! Here’s how Emily created it:

You will need:
1 strand of quartz nugget beads
1 lobster claw clasp
2 small jump rings
3 medium sized jump rings
About 23 inches of thick gold chain (separated into 2 pieces of about 11 1/2 inches each)
Gold beading wire
Jewelry making tools (chain nose and round nose pliers)

Start by cutting about 7 or 7 1/2 inches of the beading wire. Make a wire-wrapped loop on one side. (If you’re unsure how to do this there is a great, quick tutorial here). You can also make a simple loop if you prefer.

Take a minute before putting the beads on the wire to organize them with the smallest beads on the outside, getting larger towards the middle. It doesn’t have to be perfect – the necklace shape will give them the same look anyways, but it helps to have them lined up a little. One you have them sorted, string them onto the beading wire.

Finish this part of the necklace by closing off the other end with a loop (use whichever type of loop you used for the other side).

Next, you’ll need one of your lengths of chain and a medium jump ring. Attach the jump ring to both ends of your chain (if you hold it up the chain should now be connected in a circle). Repeat with the other chain and medium jump ring.

Now open one of the smaller jump rings and attach it to one end of your quartz strand. Don’t close the jump ring yet.

Attach the medium jump ring (the one on the chain) to the same jump ring you just attached the quartz strand. Once both of those are attached, close the jump ring. Do the same thing on the other side, using your second length of chain.

Finally, use the last jump ring to attach the lobster clasp to one end of the chain. To fasten the necklace just clip the lobster clasp to the chain on the other side.